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AirBnB Continues to Slowly Enter “Real Estate”

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am October 17, 2017

A few piece of news to note on the AirBnB front… Partnered on an apartment complex optimized for home sharing. This gets them one step closer to being a major player in rentals, a trend I’ve written about a couple times. Via FastCompany. Starting tackling home improvements. Via They are going to start curating homes with AirBnB Select (coming next year). Via Engadget. Launched an API program (for hosts, not the demand side of the market). Via ProductHunt. What are they going to do next?

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Yifan Zhang from Loftium

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am October 10, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Yifan Zhang, the co-founder and CEO of Loftium. I met her at the Future of Home Buying panel during Seattle Startup Week event last week. Loftium is a company I’m following closely, given their focus on providing down payment assistance in an innovative way (see my Kiva for real estate idea & thoughts on Point) as well as the fact they require customers to host on AirBnB (see Horizon as it related to AirBnB hosts). Without further ado… What … Read More »

AirBnB and Apartment Rentals

by Drew Meyers on 10:03 pm September 28, 2017

In 2013, I said the following: Zillow, Trulia, and Move should make sure they don’t get blindsided in the rentals space (by AirBnB) a few years from now. I won’t say “I told you so”, but…there’s a bit of news on the “AirBnB and rentals” topic out of Florida. Read that here. It seems to cement what I’ve been saying for years — AirBnB will be Zillow’s biggest competitor in rentals over the long haul. Why? AirBnB has what no one else as — home owner engagement. … Read More »

The Biggest “Rental” Platform You’ve Never Heard Of

by Drew Meyers on 9:15 am March 21, 2017

AirBnB. Okay, okay. You’ve likely heard of them. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 10 years. But you don’t think of them as a long term rentals company/product. If you’re like the rest of the world, you think of them as a travel company. For years, they’ve been one field in their database away from being one of the largest rental platforms in the world. A couple weeks ago, there was a Bloomberg article referring to their potential expansion into long term … Read More »

Realstir, AirBnB, Zillow…and A Few Thoughts

by Drew Meyers on 12:01 pm January 14, 2016

I came across Realstir recently, and their “Try Before You Buy” concept/trademark. A blend of Zillow & AirBnB essentially. Thought I’d share a few thoughts… AirBnB and partnered in a very similar fashion in June of last year (see here). That initiative is already shut down / de-prioritized, from what I’ve heard. That begs the question, why? The Realstir website/portal is simply like every other agent/broker IDX, with a “Try Before you Buy” button tacked on. No? See this listing page: Startups come down … Read More »

The Nitty Gritty of Fundraising for Startups

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am July 24, 2015

I would bet every founder reading this blog knows about AirBnB. If you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock. Some of you have raised funds. Others haven’t. Fundraising is not easy. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, despite what you hear in the tech press. AirBnB (and Uber) are the darling childs of the tech startup investing community, but AirBnB – now valued at over $25 billion – had a lot of trouble raising an early round. Brian Chesky (co-founder & CEO) shared the story … Read More »

AirBnB and Rentals

by Drew Meyers on 5:21 pm June 3, 2015

I mentioned in 2013 that I believed AirBnB would get into rentals. Here’s a fairly good indicator that is happening (or going to):

Opening Your Doors to Your Community

by Drew Meyers on 1:14 pm December 19, 2013

AirBnB is opening its door to the community. From their blog post: Local residents and organizations will be able to use our office space for free during evenings and weekends by booking this classroom for community meetings and events We will expand our mentorship efforts and invite local students to learn from our employees and experts who teach classes in our office on a regular basis through Tech Talks, Design Talks and Skill Exchange programming. Together with SPUR, we will co-host a monthly public forum on the impacts … Read More »


by Drew Meyers on 9:02 pm December 18, 2013

No creatures on earth travel quite like birds do. They soar the skies then land in new places. They see the world from a different perspective, one to which all real travelers aspire. This film is a celebration of our passion for travel and the kind of hospitality that makes people feel at home anywhere. Take a look at BirdBnB…yet another example of great marketing by AirBnB. PS: This marketing campaign has a budget of $2 million behind it, so my hunch is this isn’t the … Read More »

Niche: Investers Capitalizing on AirBnB

by Drew Meyers on 6:43 am November 2, 2013

Here’s a niche angle to explore. Help investors aiming to capitalize on the marketplace AirBnB has built. Jon Wheatly bought an apartment with the sole goal to rent it out using AirBnB (via USV). It’ll take him 4 years to pay for the $40,000 (+$10,000 in improvements) he spent for the Las Vegas apartment. Do the math to find the areas where this scenario works. Find the other people like Jon who wish to put their money into these types of deals, and be the sharing … Read More »

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