How Airbnb designs for trust | Joe Gebbia | Summary and Q&A

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How Airbnb designs for trust | Joe Gebbia

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This content tells the story of how the speaker's hosting experience led to the creation of Airbed and Breakfast, which eventually became Airbnb.

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Q: How did the speaker meet the person who almost got kidnapped?

The speaker met the person who almost got kidnapped at a yard sale. The person pulled up in a red Mazda Miata and bought a piece of art made by the speaker.

Q: Why did the speaker invite the person out for a beer?

The speaker invited the person out for a beer because they were alone in town for the night and driving cross-country on a road trip before going into the Peace Corps. The speaker wanted to hear more about the person's passion for making a difference in the world.

Q: What did the speaker offer the person when they didn't have a place to stay for the night?

The speaker offered the person an airbed to stay on in their living room. The speaker was initially hesitant due to safety concerns, but ultimately decided to offer a place to stay.

Q: How did the speaker's experience of hosting the person change their perspective?

The speaker's experience of hosting the person in their living room completely changed their perspective. It made them realize that the people they label as strangers may actually be friends waiting to be discovered. It inspired the speaker to continue hosting people and eventually led to the creation of Airbed and Breakfast.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The speaker tells a story about almost getting kidnapped but ultimately decides to trust a stranger and let them stay in their home, which changes their perspective on hosting people.

  • The speaker and their friends start a business called Airbed and Breakfast, which allows people to stay in strangers' homes. They face challenges but learn how to build trust through design, such as reputation systems and encouraging the right amount of disclosure.

  • The sharing economy is about commerce with the promise of human connection, and the speaker envisions a future where cities embrace sharing and homes are designed for sharing from the ground up. They believe design can help overcome deeply rooted biases and wonders what else can be designed for next.

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