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Airbnb is an American home rental platform based in San Francisco that lets people list, find, and rent short-term lodging in 65,000 cities and more than 191 countries across the globe. Founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, it has done more than any other company to change the way people find places to stay away from home. And while the company has had to tread thin legal ice in some markets, it isn't letting pushback from cities like New York and San Francisco stop its growth. Now valued at $30 billion, the company is on to its next phase of development, which focuses on helping travelers explore the world outside their rentals. In 2016, Airbnb launched Experiences, a service that lures travelers out of their rentals for local tours and adventures. 

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public or private
150 million total guests as of 2017
San Francisco, California