How To Fund Your Company With Cereal, The Airbnb Way

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies, including Instagram, AOL, Patagonia, Warby Parker, Zappos, Lyft, and Southwest Airlines.

Last year, Guy Raz sat down with Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Airbnb, who explains how a chance encounter with a complete stranger gave him an idea to help pay his rent. Joe had a financial problem. And although he didn’t solve it with FinTech, he was able to create an online lodging platform that would disrupt the $500 billion hotel industry. Today, Airbnb is active in over 65,000 cities, boasts over 2.3 million listings, and is valued at over $31 billion (more amazing stats here).

If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about — or even just dream about it — check out How I Built This.

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Author: James Russo

James Russo is a digital product manager with a passion for social entrepreneurship and transforming the financial services industry through design and technology.

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