Right from day one you realize you are part of a great team. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and striving to innovate and move things forward. Every idea is considered and encouraged and this leads to highly collaborative culture. Hotels.com has the feeling of a start-up but with the structure and maturity of a large multinational company.
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.
Downtown Dallas is the center of the city’s electrifying urban energy. Stay here for classic Texas steakhouses, late-night live music bars where beats blast out of the doors, and the West End historic district - a shopping, entertainment, and restaurant area with an old-world vibe. If you’re serious about shopping, stay in flashy Uptown, where you can buy anything from hand-crafted cowboy boots to designer clothing. Trendsetters and bohemian artists should stay in Oak Cliff, a chilled-out suburb that sings with vintage clothing stores, ultra-hip cafes, and artisan restaurants. But if you’re traveling with the family, the easy-going green-washed area of East Dallas is ideal.
Instead of relying on individual atoms, we started considering our components as elements of a living organism. They have a function and personality, are defined by a set of properties, can co-exists with others and can evolve independently. A unified design language should not just be a set of static rules and individual atoms, but an evolving ecosystem.
We want you for you. Not the future you, or the after training you. We want the passionate and ambitious you of today, what you can bring to the table right now. And of course, we can't wait to meet the future you too. Once you're here, you'll discover a world of passionate people who work as One Team and use technology to improve the travel experience for millions of travelers across the world.
To help fund the site, the founders created special edition breakfast cereals, with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain as the inspiration for "Obama O's" and "Cap'n McCains". In two months, 800 boxes of cereal were sold at $40 each, which generated more than $30,000 for the company's incubation. It also got the company noticed by computer programmer Paul Graham, who invited the founders to the January 2009 winter training session of his startup incubator, Y Combinator, which provided them with training and $20,000 in funding in exchange for a small interest in the company. With the website already built, they used the $20,000 Y-Combinator investment to fly to New York City to meet users and promote the site. They returned to San Francisco with a profitable business model to present to West Coast investors. By March 2009, the site had 10,000 users and 2,500 listings.