Courtesy of Airbnb

    At an estimated $900 million last year, Airbnb’s revenues are dwarfed by those of a Cargill. But Airbnb makes up for that in disruptive impact. Hatched out of a San Francisco apartment in 2007, it’s now the largest provider of accommodations in the world. Hotel chains such as Accor are reacting, starting to acquire their own home-sharing platforms and investing in urban timeshares. Airbnb faces regulatory resistance in markets where it runs afoul of local laws. But the company has positioned itself as a way to help the middle class, and its most effective champions are the 80 million people who have used the service as hosts or guests.

    Company Info

    CEOBrian Chesky
    HQ locationSan Francisco