Airbnb Strategy Teardown: Ahead of Potential IPO, Airbnb Looks Beyond The Hotel Industry

Nov 08 12:11 2017 Print This Article

Since its founding in 2008, Airbnb has grown from a small startup that let users rent out their air mattresses, to a global player in international travel and hospitality.

Now, as it sets it sights on an IPO, it is evolving from a home-sharing platform to an expanded travel services company, challenging incumbents like Expedia and Priceline.

It’s getting into real estate, targeting larger property managers, and building an Airbnb-branded property in Orlando.

And it is expanding internationally, with certain markets in Asia emerging as a key area of growth and hiring, as we’ll show.

As it looks to become a full-service travel platform, it faces a new host of competitors.

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