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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: December.

Type: IPO

S-1: Confidentially filed.

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Briefing Startups COVID-19

Airbnb Was Profitable in Third Quarter

Oct. 13, 2020 · 3:57 AM PDT

The report, which includes an interview with CEO Brian Chesky, is likely to help strengthen confidence in the company ahead of its planned IPO this year.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb’s U.S. Sales in September Rose 41%, Research Firm Says

Oct. 8, 2020 · 12:39 PM PDT

The company's sales in the U.S. grew 41% in September, compared to the same period last year.
Briefing Venture Capital

GGV Capital Aims to Raise $2 Billion for Funds Targeting China, U.S. and Southeast Asia

Sept. 29, 2020 · 3:36 AM PDT

Despite the U.S.-China trade war, some U.S. institutional investors are considering money into the U.S.- and China-based fund.
Apple CEO Tim Cook during a videoconference congressional committee hearing in late July. Photo by Bloomberg.
Briefing Policy Travel

CEO of Startup 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.
Tourists in Amsterdam. Photo: AP
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. Photo by Bloomberg.
Briefing Markets Travel

Airbnb Turns Down Ackman, for Now

Sept. 2, 2020 · 3:37 PM PDT

Instead, Airbnb plans to go forward with a traditional IPO.
Tim Cook, Masayoshi Son and Brian Chesky. Photos: Bloomberg
Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco. Photo: Airbnb

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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Briefing Markets Travel

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.
Nashville skyline. Illustration by Mike Sullivan
Asana co founders Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein. Photo by AP
A screen shot of Epic's video spoofing Apple's 1984 ad about Big Brother