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November 3, 2010

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Airbnb – Travel Like a Human

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Airbnb - Featured on StartUpLift

Unlocking unique spaces worldwide!
List, discover, and book unique spaces around the world.

Called the “Ebay for space” by Time Magazine, Airbnb is an online marketplace allowing anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space, from a night to a year. The reputation-based site allows for user reviews, verification, and secure online transactions. Listings include vacation rentals, private rooms, entire apartments, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, castles, treehouses, and many other traditional and non-traditional accommodations.

The open platform allows users to post listings of their space. Prospective travelers can search by city or country, utilizing filters such as price and room type to find exactly what suits their needs. Travelers contact hosts directly through the web site, which includes user profiles and friend recommendations. Dates are confirmed through on-site messaging, and the traveler books directly online using their credit card or PayPal account. Hosts receive a reservation request which they can accept or decline. Both parties then receive an itinerary on accepted reservations, and are set to go.


Provide feedback:
  • Visit Airbnb.com
  • Spend no more than 5-10 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?
  • Now go back to the site and comment on various elements of the site. What sticks out? What do you find bothersome? What do you like?
  • Imagine you are planning a vacation and find a place to stay? How was the search process?
  • Were you able to find anything within your price range?
  • How do you think the site compares to other accommodation providers (pricewise)?
  • Please share any additional feedback/comments you might have.

Cash Award: 5 Feedback/Reviews Awarded $5 Each. No Awards Remaining.

       
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  1. [1]
    jjmartin05
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
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    Oct 22 2010
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    I was very impressed by the comfortable feeling home page. The easy to use search utility made it very quick…
     

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  2. [2]
    phellman
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    Points: 1451
    Rank: Level 9
    Has Helped 17 Startups
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    Oct 22 2010
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    This is the first time I have been to this site. Just a quick scan of the site shows that…
     

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  3. [3]
    Moe
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    Points: 75
    Rank: Level 3
    Has Helped 1 Startups
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    Oct 22 2010
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    This was also my first time visiting this site. I could tell right away it was a vacation/rental site.…
     

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  4. [4]
    MariaM3827
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    Points: 75
    Rank: Level 3
    Has Helped 2 Startups
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    Oct 22 2010
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    Seeing the hompage, I immediately know it is a travel site. I am interested in the slidehow right off the…
     

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  5. [5]
    sm3
    Oct 22 2010
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    Hi,

    The first thing I noticed about the site is that it looks legitimate. So often with online sites guests are fearful of scamming sites, or losing their money. With the NYTimes bit, and the reviewing element, I felt assured that this site was for real.

    I also liked the featured homes – it draws attention to what customers can get through the site – without having to search for them at all! What a treat to go on, and see a gorgeous estate out West that I can stay in for just $150/night – talk about inspired travel.

    I am a unique visitor in that I just recently used airbnb to book a trip in NYC (first time using it). I found the process incredible easy, rewarding, and fun! I showed everyone at my office, and they all shared the same sentiments. What a cool experience, and finally – something new!

    I was traveling on a budget and was very easily able to find many options within my budget and with all the ammenities I’d hoped for. I even began mapping out trips for my friends and I to take at a later time (4 bedroom, NYC loft, $250/night) – and sent it to them saying “we’re doing this soon, get ready”. It’s just such a fun idea, and it allows those looking for specific needs, or within a specific price range, to find alternatives to drab and boring hotels.

    This site offers the best pricing I’ve seen – even when compared to Priceline, Orbitz, ect. – well, there really is no comparison… airbnb trumps all. I loved it, it felt secure, legitimate, and fun. I hope the word spreads, because my travel has become better as a result of airbnb.

    Thanks!

    ?
  6. [6]
    kammydion20
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    Points: 50
    Rank: Level 3
    Has Helped 2 Startups
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    Oct 24 2010
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    I like how you have on the first page where you can put in the place you want to go…
     

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  7. [7]
    kammydion20
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    Points: 50
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    Oct 24 2010
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    This is a site I would probably come back to in the future.
     

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  8. [8]
    admin
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    Points: 5265
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Oct 24 2010
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    This submission has been awarded $5.
     

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  9. [9]
    admin
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    Points: 5265
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Oct 24 2010
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    $5 awarded.
     

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  10. [10]
    admin
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    Points: 5265
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Oct 24 2010
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    $5.00 awarded.
     

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  11. [11]
    admin
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    Points: 5265
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    Oct 24 2010
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  12. [12]
    Class.io
    Nov 8 2010
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    When I see it I think it helps you find a hotel (message “Find a place to stay”)

    Sticks out: Search, Publish

    I like the minimalist design and the nice pictures shown, it gives me the impression that I will find a nice place to stay.

    I could easily find something within my price range.

    I normally travelled to hostels so I think prices here are competitive yet some seem quite expensive. I think a sort by price is missing or I did not find it.

  13. [13]
    Shan Abdussalam
    Nov 18 2010
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    Loved the design of your home page. You have kept it simple but it sells your point. 2 suggestions I would like to make is:
    1. Put an about link(similar to the footer) in the header section too.
    2. Could make your logo more prominent
    Your search is good, liked the suggest. Maybe you can also give an advance search feature for people who would like to search based on more categories. It would also be nice if the list displayed after searching contained the number of accommodations that were available for each listing before we click on the details.
    Likewise I also liked the similar listing feature is also pretty neat.
    You could also consider a share button(twitter, fb etc) for the listings.
    All in all I found the design to be pleasing and apt in context of the website

  14. [14]
    Bipin Singh
    Nov 28 2010
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    I liked the design of each & every page

  15. [15]
    Dec 18 2010
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    Spend no more than 5-10 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about? My immediate impression of the website is that it offers vacation room rentals to anyone searching for a place to stay during their visit of a certain destination.

    Now go back to the site and comment on various elements of the site. What sticks out? What do you find bothersome? What do you like? What clearly sticks out to me is the scenic pictures that are being displayed on the right side of my screen. It is very enticing. I think the home page is extremely easy to navigate and clearly user friendly. I like the fact that I can list a place or find a place in a few easy steps.

    Imagine you are planning a vacation and find a place to stay? How was the search process? So, I entered in Nashville, TN, just to see what popped up in the search. It was amazing to me that I could stay in virtually any environment that I chose. I could easily find a cheap cozy room to rent, or a more expensive room to rent. The prices were all clearly listed with a very descriptive tour of the room. The process was extremely easy.

    Were you able to find anything within your price range? Oh, absolutely. I could find a small bedroom for as low as $15.00 a night or a a very scenic room for $120.00. I appreciate the wide gap in the price range which should work for people of all walks of life.

    How do you think the site compares to other accommodation providers (pricewise)? I think this site is very competitive. The prices are well within reason for anyone in search of a place to stay. One can plan an expensive night out to a quick inexpensive one night layover.

    Additional Feedback: Really I am amazed at the simplicity of this site. I will definitely use this site for future arrangements while traveling.

    I also appreciate the information contained in the “Contact” tab.

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    shinlan
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
    Has Helped 1 Startups
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    May 30 2011
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    As far as i can see, this site is really well accomodating. all the features are really nice…
     

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