How Brian Chesky started a ‘sharing economy’ revolution

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Brian Chesky kicked off a 'sharing-economy' revolution from his flat

Imagine a company with the potential “to do to hotels what Amazon has done to bricks ’n’ mortar bookstores”, says The Wall Street Journal. It already exists and it’s called Airbnb.

It was launched in San Francisco in 2008, when a couple of broke designers, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, rented out airbeds in their apartment to make up the rent. Since then the online service – which matches [...]

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