Brian Chesky, CEO and Co-founder of Airbnb, listens to a question as he speaks to the Economic Club of New York at a luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S. March 13, 2017.

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Airbnb’s founders said people likely didn’t expect the rental startup to go public this year as the COVID-19 pandemic battered its business by 80% and resulted in the company issuing more than $1 billion in refunds.

Airbnb was reportedly due to kick off the IPO process in March and April, which coincided with the first devastating months of the pandemic. Reports then surfaced that its IPO could be stalled until 2021. It confidentially filed to go public in September, but in its S-1 filed Monday, Airbnb officially unveiled the 12-year-old company’s IPO documents.

“When borders closed and travel stopped, our business declined by nearly 80%,” Airbnb founders Brian Chesky, Nate Blecharczyk, and Joe Gabbia wrote in a letter that accompanied the S-1. “We had to put our IPO on hold, and I don’t think many people expected us to go public this year. I know some people questioned if we’d make it at all. What has transpired since then has been our most defining period since we started Airbnb.”

The founders closed the letter, saying: “In the depths of this crisis, some people asked, ‘Is this the end of Airbnb?’ It was not the end of Airbnb. In …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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