For those of you Airbnb hosts who want to learn more directly from the source, Airbnb has you covered!
Today they’ve announced OpenAir 2014 taking place Thursday, April 24, 2014 at their San Francisco Headquarters. This event aims to bridge the gap between offline and online commerce and community building. With a slew of scheduled speakers ranging from Ben Horowitz of VC firm AndreesenHorowitz to Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, it will be a veritable who’s who of the Silicon Valley elite.
Now why should this interest the average Airbnb host or guest? This signals a new era for Airbnb. They are now looking to become an authority in these industries that they have shaped over the past few years. Many tech companies try to start successful conferences in order to establish their credibility within the space. What makes Airbnb’s event so unique is that it brings together luminaries from the world of investing, commerce, data science, and mobile payments. This goes beyond the scope of just connection users with places to stay. OpenAir 2014 will give a glimpse into Airbnb’s powerful future. They’re no longer content to just be a quirky success story where people rent tree houses and make some money off an extra bedroom. In case there was any doubt, this event cements Airbnb’s place as an affirmative leader in a revolutionary new economy and digital landscape.