We’re currently making substantial investments in our technology platform and our brand marketing strategy to enable our next stage of high growth. To make these endeavors possible, we’re on the hunt for people who are passionate about solving tough problems and are excited about the opportunity take on highly visible roles that will have an immediate impact on our business.
Airbnb has experienced a lot of growth over the years. Currently our design department consists of nearly a dozen functions and outcome teams. It became clear that we needed more systematic ways to guide and leverage our collective efforts. While we recognized these challenges within the company, I believe they are symptoms of larger software industry problems.
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While creating these components, we collected them in a master file called the library, which we referred to throughout the design process. After a week or two we began to see huge leaps in productivity by using the library when iterating on designs. One day, while putting together a last-minute prototype, our team was able to create nearly 50 screens within just a few hours by using the framework our library provided.
On one hand, Expedia is an online travel company. On the other, we’re a partner in countless stories; honeymoons, million-dollar business deals, a child’s first trip to the beach…we make these things happen. We love travel and we want to make it easier for everyone to share our passion. Travel lets us find beauty in the unexpected places of the world, in crowded marketplaces or in the eerie morning fog of the countryside. Share the joy of travel with the world and you’ll find that the greatest voyage of your career might be with us. We’re looking for people who are just as enthusiastic as we are when it comes to travel. People who get giddy while planning a trip. People who have lists of places they want visit. And people who can’t stand making lists. We want people who recognize that technology is how we’re going to make travel simpler and more accessible. People who understand that travel isn’t about Point A and Point B. It’s about everything in between. Similarly, this company isn’t just about the end result. We need to be happy, stimulated and fulfilled. If that’s what you want too, we would love to hear from you.
One year later, there were 15 people working from Chesky and Gebbia's loft apartment on Rausch Street in San Francisco. To make room for employees, Brian Chesky gave up his bedroom and lived at lodging booked via the Airbnb service until the company moved into its first office space. In April 2009, the company received $600,000 in seed money from Sequoia Capital and, in November 2010, raised $7.2 million in financing from Greylock Partners and, again, from Sequoia Capital, in a Series A round, then announcing that out of 700,000 nights booked, 80% had occurred in the previous six months.