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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 Markets Travel

Airbnb Public Listing Not Expected Until Q3 or Later

Feb. 11, 2020 · 11:02 AM PST

Airbnb's costs also continued to climb faster than revenues through Q3 last year, in part due to general and administrative expenses.
Briefing Startups Asia

Airbnb Halts Beijing Listings Through February Amid Virus

Feb. 10, 2020 · 1:04 AM PST

The move adds to the growing list of U.S. companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Briefing Markets Travel

Airbnb to Award Employee Bonuses Tied to Guest Safety, Other Metrics

Jan. 17, 2020 · 10:26 AM PST

As Airbnb nears a direct listing, the company says it will annually update "stakeholders" on a series of metrics such as host earnings and guest safety.

‘Masageddon’ and the Limits of the SoftBank Playbook

By Jessica E. Lessin · Jan. 11, 2020 7:46 AM PST · 1 comment

Back in September, when Cory broke the story of the WeWork’s impending layoffs, we wondered: Was this just the beginning? So, this week, when he got a tip that Getaround—the car rental service backed by SoftBank—was planning to cut a quarter of its staff, he whipped up a chart to keep track of the toll. 

We published that ...

Briefing Startups

Airbnb Grapples With Safety Issues Ahead of IPO

Dec. 26, 2019 · 9:27 PM PST

How much responsibility Airbnb has for crimes committed by hosts and guests is up for debate, but it could have a negative impact on its upcoming IPO.
Briefing Real Estate Policy

Airbnb Scores EU Legal Victory With Online Platform Ruling

Dec. 19, 2019 · 10:38 AM PST

The ruling puts Airbnb under a looser regulatory regime, and should strengthen its position in arguments over its operations with other European municipalities.
Briefing Travel

Airbnb’s COO to Step Down

Nov. 22, 2019 · 3:19 PM PST

Belinda Johnson, one of Brian Chesky's closest confidantes, will leave the executive role March 1 and join the board of directors.