Dear Mr. Gebbia,
Where do I begin, today was surreal, amazing magical… beautiful.
It felt like I was living another life, I know that may sound like an exageration but I can assure you its not.
I’ve been a part of your organization for nearly 2 years now… in my own “micro entrepreneur” way.
My amazing fiancé and I host our apartment in Downtown Portland (rooms/515202), we have over 62 great reviews from some wonderful people from all over the world. We love our little “apartment with a downtown view” and people that stay there seem to love it just as much… an that makes us all so happy.
I can’t begging to tell you how much Airbnb changed our life. My story is not very different from some of the stories you hear so often, not even yours. :-)
Prior to today, I’d been a business consultant working on my own for nearly 4 years. During the spring of 2012 I found myself in a very tough period financially… business was not booming to say the least. To be more specific, I did not have a cent of income in sight for weeks to come… not a dime. To make matters worse I had our 5 year anniversary coming up and I had promised Lucy and amazing little vacation..
Also, there was that whole rent thing coming up at the end of the month, and if I recall I only had about half of the payment in hand with a little over two weeks to go
And so rather than going to the bank for a personal loan or maxing out the little bit of room I had left on my CC I joined this little website called airbnb. I won’t lie, I believe I filled out our profile very late at night wondering why I was wasting my time. And so I took whatever pictures we had, put the listing up, did our verification, and within 48 hours we had not one, not two, but 4 bookings…. 4 bookings!
It was the best thing that had happened to us at since relocating from Southern California to Portland. We took the money we had made from our first guest and caught up on all of our bills and paid rent. We took the earnings from the next guest and spent a week in the Oregon Coast for our anniversary.
But it didn’t stop there, we kept booking, and booking, and booking… until we realize we had underpriced it!
But it didn’t matter because we were happy!
We didn’t know what to do next, so I converted everything into an LLC structure. It was now officially our business; I hired a cleaning person, I watched every youtube video and read every piece about the awesome founders of Airbnb. I wrote letters to airbnb! I told our friends about it, they thought we were crazy! We didn’t care… we knew the magic was real.
July came, we took an extended vacation to Southern California. September came, we saved our money and decided to take a trip to Merida Mexico… for a week. During that time we became great friends with our first host. He introduced to other expats living in the city; Germans, Canadians, Americans, French, Lebanese, Cubans, Spaniards… you name it. The town has over 18,000 expats living there year round. So then the one week turned into two weeks, two weeks turned into three… which ultimately turned into two months.
We came back to Portland, tanned, happy, and eternally grateful for the way this company changed our life.
So to say today was meaningful for not just myself but for my future wife is a complete understatement. We loved your organization for a long time, We always felt that in our small minimal way we’ve help it grow to where it is now. Our contribution, though small has meant so much to us. We think that we are great host because of our cultural upbringings and the abundance of love we share in our own home. Or maybe its the fact that we are so proud of our little place that our personality comes through via our email responses in every inquiry. Not sure really.
Again, thank you so much for giving us this opportunity because even though its only me working for your organization I will always carry a big piece of her in my heart from the moment the day starts until it ends.
Angel & Lucy