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Airbnb

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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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.
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.
Briefing Travel

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.
Briefing Markets Travel

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.
Briefing Markets Travel

Airbnb Plans to File IPO Paperwork This Month

Aug. 11, 2020 · 10:28 AM PDT

The home rental giant could list publicly by the end of the year.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Customer Service Chief to Depart

July 31, 2020 · 9:38 AM PDT · 1 comment

The customer service executive is the fourth senior executive to leave Airbnb in the last two months.
Briefing Markets Travel

Airbnb ‘Resuming Work’ to Go Public, CEO Says

July 16, 2020 · 9:45 AM PDT

The comment is noteworthy because it was almost unthinkable a few months ago that the company could go public as revenues nosedived.
Briefing Cloud Amazon

Airbnb Tries to Cut AWS Cloud Bill Amid Pandemic

June 22, 2020 · 12:28 PM PDT

Airbnb, whose business has been hard-hit by Covid-19, is considering ways to lower its AWS cloud bill, according to CEO Brian Chesky.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Settles Lawsuit in NYC, Leading to Likely Purge of Illegal Listings

June 12, 2020 · 12:02 PM PDT · 1 comment

NYC has been famously hostile to Airbnb, largely due to its politically powerful hotel union.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Sees Boost in Domestic Travel

June 8, 2020 · 8:21 AM PDT

Customers are booking trips to rentals within driving distance, rather than getting on airplanes, CEO Brian Chesky said.
Briefing Travel COVID-19

Airbnb Lays Off Contractors, Pulls Summer Internships

April 17, 2020 · 9:21 AM PDT

Airbnb had been looking to save costs by reducing its contract workforce for months. The move might delay Airbnb from firing any of its regular staff.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Borrows Another $1 Billion

April 14, 2020 · 5:29 PM PDT

Like the first round of capital, the interest rate is high. The loan potentially cots Airbnb hundreds of millions of dollars in debt payments a year.
Briefing COVID-19

Airbnb Sees Revenue Falling 54%

April 8, 2020 · 1:55 PM PDT

The travel company has hopes for a V-shaped recovery, projecting revenue to bounce back next year to levels above 2019.
Briefing Travel

New Investors Get Right to Buy Airbnb Shares at $18 Billion Valuation

April 7, 2020 · 4:44 PM PDT

The price provides some measure of how steeply Airbnb has fallen since the coronavirus started cutting deeply into its business.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Raises $1 Billion in Debt, Equity From Silver Lake, Sixth Street

April 6, 2020 · 1:18 PM PDT

The deal gives the travel giant, which has been whacked by coronavirus, financial cushion as it tries to recover.
Briefing Travel COVID-19

Airbnb Cuts Internal Valuation 16% to $26 Billion

April 3, 2020 · 7:00 AM PDT

The valuation cut reflects the decline in Airbnb's business caused by the pandemic.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Offers Hosts $260 Million to Help Offset Cancelled Stays

March 30, 2020 · 4:10 PM PDT

It's an expensive proposition, equivalent to about 5% of Airbnb's revenue last year.
Briefing Travel Venture Capital

Airbnb Considers Raising Money Privately as Business Reels

March 20, 2020 · 11:13 AM PDT

Airbnb has reportedly lost hundreds of millions of dollars this year as people stopped traveling.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Lets Customers Cancel Reservations in U.S.

March 13, 2020 · 12:10 PM PDT

Anyone with Airbnb reservations in the U.S. through April 1 will be able to cancel free of charge.
Briefing Travel Startups

Bookings Plummet for Airbnb, Other Short-Term Rental Sites in March

March 12, 2020 · 3:17 PM PDT

Two analytics firms that amass data from short-term rental sites have started to show some of the damage.