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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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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.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb Tries to Get More Hosts to Refund Cancelled Bookings

March 10, 2020 · 2:41 PM PDT

Airbnb has seen a rash of cancelations in the wake of the coronavirus. But it needs its hosts' help to refund guests.