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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: Filed 11/16. Amended filing 12/1 here.

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Francis Davidson, CEO of Sonder. Photo: Bloomberg

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.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in 2018. Photo: AP

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.

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.

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.
A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Photo by AP
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky at an event in 2018. Photo by AP.
FNDR CEO James Vincent. Photo by Cara Robbins
Casper CEO Philip Krim ringing a ceremonial bell  at the New York Stock Exchange the day Casper went public. Photo by AP

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.

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.
Image: Mike Sullivan

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.

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.

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.
Bill Gurley. Photo by Bloomberg
Art: Jesse Howe