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Airbnb is ten: "the worst idea that ever worked"

Ten years ago, the ambitious start-up from San Francisco started. Back then, it proudly announced the end of hotels. At the time, very few would have suspected that Airbnb would ever represent serious competition.

A tourism giant in ten years

Today Airbnb is one of the world's most successful start-ups. Its value is estimated at around $ 31 billion (around 27 billion euros), and it owns more than five million listed properties in 191 countries. Many investors are eagerly awaiting the company's IPO, potentially the largest tech IPO in financial history. Leading investors include Capital G (formerly Google Capital) and TVC (Technology Crossover Ventures).

City of Vienna sets limits

Airbnb has existed in Austria since 2011. The service is very popular in the provincial capitals, especially in Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Linz and Vienna. According to MA 23, responsible for economics, labor and statistics, there are around 900,000 apartments in Vienna alone, of which around 7,000 to 8,000 are listed for rent on web platforms. According to a study by the Vienna University of Technology, this means that the Vienna housing market is permanently short of 2,000 accommodations. The City of Vienna has therefore been concerned with fair competitive conditions in connection with room rental services for some time. She has been taking action against Airbnb since April of this year. In the future, it should no longer be allowed to rent out commercial apartments for a short period of time. In addition, landlords should be obliged to keep a guest directory.

Another problem is the so-called local tax (tourist tax), which has to be paid by holidaymakers to the owners and is collected by the magistrate. The city has already reached an agreement with the online room rental company Home Away, and another agreement with Airbnb is due to take place by the end of the summer.

Unpopular with authorities

The accommodation broker has long been a thorn in the side of the authorities. The landlords would steal customers from hotels and drive up apartment prices. Many accommodations would also be listed illegally, thereby avoiding taxes. Many neighbors and neighbors of the rented apartments regularly complain of noise pollution, constantly open entrance doors or dirty hallways. But the landlords don't wear a clean slate either. Experience reports from landlords who do not appear after a down payment, are simply unfriendly or throw out guests in order to accommodate other tenants who pay more can be found online.

In many cities, action has already been taken against the service and the supply of housing has been massively cut. In many places, short-term rentals are completely prohibited or only permitted for a certain number of days per year with a corresponding license. The biggest tourist magnets such as Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York are already affected. In Berlin, the service was in the meantime even completely banned.

Air mattresses including breakfast

It all started at the end of 2007 when a designer conference was held in San Francisco. Airbnb founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia struggled to finance their apartment and decided to rent a room to conference attendees as all accommodations were fully booked. Three air mattresses in the living room including breakfast - the idea "airbed and breakfast" was born out of hand, later the name was shortened to Airbnb.

In February 2008, the third founder, Nathan Blecharczyk, joined the company. They originally intended to set up a platform to search for roommates, but realized that such a platform already existed. So they decided to rent out accommodations without owning any - "the worst idea that ever worked," as founding member Chesky said in interviews. (Muhammed Özdemir, APA, dpa, 6/8/2018)