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Why it is one to watch: One of the few high profile, consumer-brand tech companies going public in this period, it will test investors' confidence in the home-sharing business model, which has been under regulatory and competitive attack. The fact that it is occurring during a pandemic which has devastated travel also poses a challenge. 

Expected timing: October or November.

Type: IPO

S-1: Confidentially filed.

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Startup CEO That Violated Airbnb Rules Steps Down After Investigation

Sept. 25, 2020 · 2:46 PM PDT

The departure comes five weeks after an investigation by The Information, which revealed Domio's practices of renting homes on Airbnb that flouted some cities' rules.
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Airbnb Turns Down Ackman, for Now

Sept. 2, 2020 · 3:37 PM PDT

Instead, Airbnb plans to go forward with a traditional IPO.

The Information’s 411 — Airbnb Fights the Right to Party

By Tom Dotan · Aug. 21, 2020 2:25 PM PDT

Cory talks about the rise of parties at Airbnb rentals and how it's poised to be a huge headache for the company as it heads down the path of going public.

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Airbnb Files to Go Public

Aug. 19, 2020 · 2:10 PM PDT

The review process could take a couple months, which suggests Airbnb may not go public until the end of November.
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Airbnb Executive in Charge of Safety to Leave

Aug. 13, 2020 · 2:13 PM PDT

Margaret Richardson would be the fifth top executive to announce an intention to leave Airbnb within the past two months.
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Airbnb Revenue Fell by About 72% in 2nd Quarter

Aug. 12, 2020 · 12:21 PM PDT

While the big slide was less than some of Airbnb’s rivals, it underscores the challenges the company faces if the company goes public this year.

September’s (Likely) IPO Spree: The Information’s Tech Briefing

By The Information Staff · Aug. 11, 2020 5:02 PM PDT

News that Airbnb will file to go public by the end of this month is the latest sign that the post-Labor Day period may see a spate of high profile tech IPOs. Both Palantir and Snowflake have reportedly filed confidentially to go public, while Asana is also said to be  planning a public debut this year.

Executives at all these companies are ...