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In November 2012, Airbnb acquired NabeWise, a city guide that aggregates curated information for specified locations. The acquisition shifted the company focus toward offering hyperlocal recommendations to travelers. That same month, Airbnb launched "Neighborhoods", a travel guide of 23 cities that provides in-depth information via collaborative filtering to help travelers choose a neighborhood in which to stay based on criteria such as public transportation, dining, peace & quiet, nightlife, tourist attractions, and shopping.
This is a key strategic role - and you'll be at the heart of our big push for growth in Europe, building our profile all across your region. Leading a team of up to 12 people, you'll help hotel partners understand Expedia's value proposition to ensure our millions of customers worldwide can always find their dream hotel. Whether you're leading market research, visiting fairs and events to raise Expedia's profile in your region, or attending key client visits to develop and inspire your team, it will be your strategic vision that ensures success. It's success that you'll share regularly with Senior Directors as you report on your territory at key regional meetings.
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Airbnb features a review system in which guests and hosts can rate each other after a stay. Hosts and guests are unable to see reviews until both have submitted a review or until the window to review has closed, a system which aims to improve accuracy and objectivity by removing fears that users will receive a negative review in retaliation if they write one. However, the truthfulness and impartiality of reviews may be adversely affected by concerns of future stays because prospective hosts may refuse to host a user who generally leaves negative reviews. In addition, the company's policy requires users to forego anonymity, which may also detract from users' willingness to leave negative reviews. These factors may damage the objectivity of the review system.
In this new study, which looks at Airbnb's role in racial gentrification, Inside Airbnb has racially categorized every host's photograph and found that in prodominatnly Black neighborhoods, white hosts own the majority of listings and recieve most of the economic benefits, while long-term Black residents are most impacted by the loss of housing and neighborhood disruption.
""Stopped by the Hedley Club Lounge Saturday after the Sharks Game. What a fabulous surprise! a great combo playing old school smooth jazz. A relaxing venue by the fireplace with pleasant surroundings and comfortable accommodations. A real winner in downtown San Jose. Best cocktail lounge in the area. Beats the noise and crowds at the nearby venues.""
In November 2012, Airbnb opened an office in Sydney, Australia, its 11th office location, and announced plans to launch the service in Thailand and Indonesia. At that time, Australian consumers accounted for 10% of the Airbnb user base, and in December that same year, Airbnb announced its strategy to move more aggressively into the Asian market with the launch of an office in Singapore.
Shortly after moving to San Francisco in October 2007, roommates and former schoolmates Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia could not afford the rent for their loft apartment. Chesky and Gebbia came up with the idea of putting an air mattress in their living room and turning it into a bed and breakfast. The goal at first was just "to make a few bucks". In February 2008, Nathan Blecharczyk, Chesky's former roommate, joined as the Chief Technology Officer and the third co-founder of the new venture, which they named AirBed & Breakfast. They put together a website which offered short-term living quarters, breakfast, and a unique business networking opportunity for those who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market. The site Airbedandbreakfast.com officially launched on August 11, 2008. The founders had their first customers in town in the summer of 2008, during the Industrial Design Conference held by Industrial Designers Society of America, where travelers had a hard time finding lodging in the city.