Thanks to Y Combinator’s $20,000 investment and its coaching, Airbnb bookings began growing steadily, soaring 40 to 50 percent a month. Investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and celebrity Ashton Kutcher come knocking.
In 2014, Airbnb reached a valuation of $10 billion. In six years of renting air mattresses on the floor, Brian, Joe, and Nathan were each worth $1.5 billion.
Today, Airbnb is valued at $30 billion and is worth more than any hotel chain in the world.
Setup, conflict, resolution, and 30 billion reasons to live happily ever after