Amol was another designer
and actually helped Joe &
Brian on their presentations
“Being one of the ﬁrst Airbnb
guests feels like being on The
Tonight Show, but I didn't know
I was on The Tonight Show.”
Joe Gebbia Brian CheskyNathan Blecharczyk
Brilliant idea to make a
already a thing
Round 3 — Y Combinator
The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which
we work intensively with them to get the company into the
best possible shape and reﬁne their pitch to investors. Each
cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their
companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.
Making ~$200/mo, Joe and Brian ﬂy back to New York to meet their users
Paul Graham Fred Wilson
Y Combinator VC Investor
interesting. Yeah, I’ll
meet with them.
Fred! You should meet
these two guys from
Airbeds— they’re in NYC!
So what’d you think?
They’re great, right!?
Yeah… but I think I’ll
pass on this one.
Joe and Brian learned
that having good
quality photos on
improved interest in
Shared Spaces Alls Types of Accommodation
August 2014February 2011
160 Million guests
Airbnb Company Molecule
on a budget
Working at Airbnb
The reason I wanted to work at
Airbnb is that — I just believed in it.
And it’s all the right things— it’s
designer founded, designer led,
and personally, I don’t believe in
working in places where your
talents are wasted. I look for people
who already get it and [Airbnb] is a
whole company that really got it.Design Researcher
@ Airbnb 2011-2014