I love airbnd.
While reading about Y Combinator and some of its successful students, I came across one of my favorite startups... airbnd . The idea behind airbnd , and this is straight off their site, is to connect people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Guests can build real connections with their hosts, gain access to distinctive spaces, and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. I couldn't agree more with their goal. I truly believe their philosophy works. Just from looking at the pictures of the houses available for lodging, you get the feeling there is a world of culture and tradition to be absorbed.
Another reason, why I am so endeared to this idea is the story of the process. CEO Brian Chesky and his good friend Joe Gebbia tell a rather realistic tale of the difficult hurdles they had to overcome to get to their current status in the company. Basically these guys had very little in their bank accounts and they still took a chance on their idea. Undaunted by the challenges and fueled with advice from veteran Paul Graham , they fought their way to success.