How Airbed & Breakfast became Airbnb ?

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“Creativity is the solution to all problems”- Brian Chesky , co Founder and CEO at Airbnb

For those who don’t know, Airbnb is an online marketplace where people can lease or rent short term lodging. The $31 billion company does not own any lodging but is merely a broker.

So how did two unemployed friends(3 founder joining a little later) became the founders of a billion dollar company.

 

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Nathan Blecharczyk , Joe Gebbia , Brian Chesky (from left to right)

 

The story starts at Rhode Island School of Design where Brian Chesky met Joe Gebbia. On the day of graduation Joe says to him ‘Brian, one day we are going to be entrepreneurs’. A few years passed and one day in 2007 both of them quit their jobs and decide to start a company together. With absolutely no business idea and a $1000 in bank account and a sleeping bag Brian drove to San Francisco. Turned out the rent for Joe’s apartment was $1150. Strangled with debt they thought of an idea to provide accommodation in their apartment to people coming for a IDSA( Industrial Designers Society Of America )conference in town at the rates that were far less than an hotel. In 24 hours they built a website called Airbedandbreakfast.com and mailed the top design bloggers and in overnight Airbed and breakfast was at the top of the blogger’s page.

An idea that came 48 hours ago to save them from cash crunch was now live on the internet. To their surprise people from all over the world were writing to them. Finally 3 people who came to attend the conference , one of whom was an Indian slept on the airbeds in their living room and became their first guest.

It was then that it struck Brian what if you could book someone’s home the way you book a hotel anywhere in the world.

In 2008 they incorporated the company as Airbed and breakfast. They even called upon their “former roommate ” and “brilliant engineer” Nathan Blecharczyk, to join as the third co-founder of the new venture.  To fund the site they created special edition breakfast cereals with presidential candidates Obama and John McCain as the box designs. At $40 a box they generated $30,000 for company’s incubation. All of this created a buzz and in 2009 Y Combinator invested a whooping $20000 in the company as an initial investment ( they had joined Y Combinator’s 2009 Winter Class) . They were further funded by SEQUOIA CAPITAL . The name was now changed to Airbnb and it offered not only rooms and apartments but also castles, manors, boats, tree houses, private island and even an IGLOO, yes you heard it right.

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Today Airbnb is the No.1 lodging website in UK. Many people who were on the brink of losing their homes through foreclosure due to financial hardship, have come to depend on Airbnb for additional income. It can be said that it has been a blessing in disguise to various people out there , just as it was one for the founders who got to live their “one day” dream by solving an intricate  problem .

but you need to know that the story was not as rosy as it seems and many a days they had to live on cereals only


This is a GUEST BLOG written by my best friend Umang Mittal who like me is a huge startup enthusiast . And edited by me! I hope you enjoyed reading it and came to know the story that you might have wondered about  !

Waiting for your views and comments!

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My Heart And Other Black Holes By Jasmine Warga Book Review

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We all have heard about depression , but does anyone of us really know what it truly is , except the ones who are going through it or have gone through it . Can we ever really understand it from outside. I guess at the end of the day more than understanding we have to be there for that person and stop belittling it. Because though we cant see it , it still exists for them as black holes , eating them up slowly from inside .

Frankly speaking this book has taught me a lot in just a span of 5 hours. So the synopsis is that Aysel( a very beautiful name I believe ) and FrozenRobot ( real name of the guy being Roman) meet on a internet site which helps in finding suicide partners , as doing the deed alone can make them back out , hence the support till no support. So this how the story begins , them unraveling each others problems , the reason behind the decision and why the blackness keeps eating them. Actually though they are sad through this they find someone with whom they can talk and share their sadness . Falling for each other and getting further away from their pact. Slowly slowly in the time of 26 days Aysel starts recovering , smiling , laughing and coming to the terms with her problem (you need to read the book to know them ). But Roman isn’t ready and Aysel cant let him die because he’s the reason behind her being better.

Aysel is a big fan of physics and always keeps on wondering that when people die what happens to their energy , because energy just changes forms .

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute . That’s relativity .” Albert Einstein

If you want to be intrigued , remember why human life is so beautiful and limitless , why dying is not the option , that depression is a problem to be faced and not to be hid under the mattress please read this book , because believe me you will love it .


So are you now planning to read it ?

And if you have , what did you feel ?

Do share your thoughts !

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series & More

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I love this book series , and this might be the first chick-lit book series I have ever read , without any hesitation or break . Lara Jean ‘s character is a real girl’s character , how we truly behave at home , how we all have troubling but loving siblings ( in her case two sisters, she’s the one in middle ) , and how family will always remain FAMILY. It shows a relationship which feels real and practical , and how our own dreams are supposed to our own choices , because we have to live with them at the end of the day.

This blog is for my fellow bloggers and the reading blogging fraternity to share that Jenny Han has just declared that a MOVIE is going to be made in the first book. How awesome can this news be . I am so so happy , this series was my best summer read and I am delighted.

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Now just to give a synopsis of all the three parts in short ( for the ones who haven’t read and for the ones who want to remember its magic )

1.To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

We all have crushes( it comes with being a teenager) and so does Lara Jean , but to get over them she writes love letters to those 5 guys , and stuffs them up in a box given to her by her late mother. One day all these letters end up being send to their recipient’s. And here begins the story . The real culprit being her younger sister Kitty . And then follows the answers of these boys. The main guy is Peter , her ex best friends ex boyfriend , who was one of her good friends in middle school . They both start a fake relationship ( for their own reasons) and you all know how that ends. With her sisters ex boyfriend Josh ( he gets one of the letter ) and Genevieve( the ex girlfriend) still in the mix.

2. P.S. I Still Love You

The next book starts with Lara Jean and Peter trying a hand at their relationship for real this time . And in comes the problems associated with a relationship , the major one of them being jealousy. Here in the mix are Genevieve( the ex girlfriend) who in middle school was Lara Jeans bestfriend and John Ambrose McClaren( he got the letter too) , who was her crush during the middle school and the perfect guy every girl wants to fall for. The book ends with Lara Jean and Peter reconciling and deciding to give one another their hearts without holding anything back , as they truly love each other.

3.Always and Forever, Lara Jean

This book is like a final chapter to their story , which  you would want never  to end . It concentrates on them setting their sites on college , getting accepted and all that the anticipation of future gives a person , uncertainty. Though initially they plan to go to the same place , Lara Jean doesn’t get accepted there , but gets a way better college . Its about how beautiful first love is with the question whether it will also be the last , how everyone thinks breaking up is the best thing for them( mainly her elder sister and Peters mom) , but at the end of the day they  do what they feel is right for there hearts and hence decide on long distance . The ending chapters of this book are perfect

The actor and actress selected for Lara Jean and Peter are Lana Candor and Noah Centineo .


So fellow bloggers what did you think about this book series ?

And the ones who haven’t read , do you want to ?

And which was your favourite summer read ?

AND YAAAY! we are getting a MOVIE . How AWESOME can that be  ♥♥♥

 

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End Of First Year! 

I believe that the almost gruesome , almost awesome 12 years of school are worth the 3 years of college which fathom upon us.Just a day before I had my last paper and it struck me that first year is over and I just have two more years of silly fun with these amazing people who just required a semester to become my world !

We all have heard about Delhi , the good and the bad but Delhi university is above all that . Its the best place to give ur brain wings to fly. I have to say I have never seen such a open society compared to the university !

I feel this year went off in a blink of the eye. But a good friend of mine says that it’s a good thing , it indicates a happy year !

My memory includes so many beautiful events  this trip we took to Red Fort , a sudden one as when we reached college we saw that our teachers were having a trip of their own.It was one of the best days.! When we sat for one hour in our seminar hall and waited for Mr.P.Chidambaram , when we spent our whole day in Srcc for its business conclave ( Urbanclaps CEO’s cuteness did make my day )

I hope this is just a glimpse and the next two years also pass by as beautifully as this one  did !

A toast for the next 2 years !💜💜💜

Library Lovers Day ♥

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So 14 Feb’s not only Valentines day but also library lovers day !

A SHORT STORY.

New place meant new school. Which meant no friends. Which meant sadness. Which meant a place to sob. Which definitely meant the dusty library. But sitting there suddenly those books started talking to me. There soothing voices whooshing in the air. READ ME LOVE.I WILL BE YOUR MEGA BEST FRIEND. It broke and made my heart at the same time.

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NEW DELHI WORLD BOOK FAIR

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“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light”–Vera Nazarian

So this was my first book fair and it was all that I expected (it didn’t leave me disappointed).I could see all around me people trying to handle the weight of books they had purchased and those they wanted to. It had becomes a mad house till the evening.

The highlight of the day for me was when I could sit for the open panel of MR.DEEPAK NAYYAR (chief economic advisor of India in the early 90’s and vice chancellor of DU in the early 2000’s).He talked about his new book Employment, Growth and Development: Essays on a Changing World Economy. The Q&A session was very interesting where he talked about Indian agriculture, demonitisation and relation between growth and jobs. When I went and told him I would definitely read the book, he said “I right for the young minds”.

So if you are someone who wants to start reading this definitely a place from where you can choose as there is a plethora of books present there. And if you are an avid reader this is not an opportunity worth missing (you get the best deals).You can errant (wander) and still feel equanimity.

♦College and school students can take their I-cards (free entry)♦

♦It’s till 15 Jan.♦