Airbnb Emails (Paige Craig)

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to contact

Guys,

 

Awesome idea – I invested last year in something similar – not lodging though, but actually around events & activities offered by individuals. The model was very similar and I think you are on the right track. We were going to do lodging as well, but the tech team fell behind schedule and I pulled the plug on future funding. I love what you're doing and will be out in the bay area late Aug for a few weeks - then back to East Coast - and then back to the bay & LA in late Sep. If you're looking for an angel and /or active participant, let me know - i'd be interested in helping you in multiple ways.

So, I've been sitting here telling you all about me. If this is interesting send me a note back with a bit about each of you and what you want to do. I'm not looking for your "secret sauce" or any proprietary stuff - just want to know a bit about you and what you see in the future. Of course, if this isn't of interest just delete and I'll stop by and say hello at the next event.

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8/13/08

to Nathan, Joe, me

Paige,

We are excited by your enthusiasm, and we are very interested in meeting you! We will be attending the DNC August 25th-28th, but we can meet before that. Based on your background, I can see you being valuable in a variety of ways. I am attaching our slide deck with all the relevant company info and roadmap.

On the eve of Expedia announcing $6 billion in revenue last quarter, we think there is an huge unserviced market of people who want to pay less than hotels, or just get a more authentic travel experience.

Stay tuned, as we will be appearing in the NY Times, AP, and CNN next week. I will send you the links when they are up. We look forward to telling you more, and please don't hesitate to contact us before we meet.

Brian Chesky

Co-founder

AirBedandBreakfast.com

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Picture1.pngNathan Blecharczyk <nate@airbedandbreakfast.com>

8/13/08

Hi Paige,

Thanks for the e-mail and support. Although Joe and Brian are located in SF, I (the developer of the group) am based out of Boston. If I'm in D.C. in the near future I'll let you know--- regardless of the investing it sounds like we could have some good conversations.

Regards,

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Nathan

All-Things-Technical Guy

www.AirBedAndBreakfast.com

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8/15/08

to Nathan, contact

Gents,

This looks great and I'm seriously interested. I'm on the road now for some fun but will be in SF next weekend for a couple days. Let me know if we can get together then and talk.

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8/15/08

to me, Nathan, contact

Paige,

Next weekend works for us. When were you thinking?

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8/19/08

to Brian, Nathan, contact

Hey guys, I'm in California now and plan to be in SF this Thursday and Friday (Aug 21 & 22). Let me know what day & time work best for you and we can meet up.

-Paige

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8/19/08

to me, Nathan, contact

Paige,

We are available to meet this Thursday. What time works for you?

Brian

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8/19/08

to <Redacted VC Email> brian, me, nate, contact

Guys, let's meet Thursday at 1030am at the brainwash. Do you know that spot? Also, I have a buddy coming along who is interested- his name is <Redacted VC Email> and is copied in this email.

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Sent using BlackBerry

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8/19/08

to Paige, me, nate, contact, <redacted VC Email>

Yes, Brainwash is our neighborhood coffee shop. We look forward to meeting with you. See you then!

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8/21/08

to me, <redacted VC Email>, Joe, Nathan

Paige and <Redacted VC Name>,

It was great meeting both of you today. You had great insights, and we are very encouraged by your interest. I want to give you a more exact investment amount that will get us closer to critical mass.

We are looking to close $100K for the next 4 months of operations.

By the end of the four-month period, we project we will reach an average of 27 transactions a day, or 830/month. This would total $25K a month in revenue, equivalent to our burn rate.

Staff (4 people) $16000

Communications $5000

Contract workers $3000

Tech/expenses  $1000

Total $25000 (per month)

Please let us know if you have any questions. We will followup with you shortly.

Thank you,

Brian Chesky

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8/21/08

to Brian, Joe, Nathan

Brian,

Likewise, great discussion and would like to discuss this some more. Please send me your contact numbers and I'll give you a ring this afternoon.

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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To: Brian Chesky

Cc: <redacted VC Email>; Nathan Blecharczyk ; Joe Gebbia

Sent: Sun Aug 24 17:36:33 2008

Subject: Re: Investment Followup

Guys - thanks, please get me the milestones and event schedule today. Along with those events, make sure you include the estimated users & listings associated with each event.

I'm flying back to SF tomorrow morning and would like everything from you by this evening.

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8/23/08

Hi Paige,

It was really great to talk with you yesterday. We're working on the milestones and event schedule as you read this, but wanted to send the following documents now so you and <redacted VC Name> can get started.

*Your scanned notes

*Updated financial spreadsheet

*Feature schedule

I'm also attaching the Y-Combinator term sheet. This is a standard and well known document used in the valley, and by the other investors we've been speaking with.

http://www.ycombinator.com/seriesaa.html

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Brian

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8/24/08

to me, Nathan, Joe

Paige,

Here is our final list of key milestones and events.

In the milestones doc, we separated the monthly goals for (1) total transactions, (2) total new listings, and (3) total new users. I associated the new transactions and new listings with events. I also added a key at the bottom of the document to explain certain terms, and I attached a link from Couchsurfing referencing their organic growth.

In the second doc, you see dates and attendance associated with the events. The ones we are focusing on are in bold.

Please let me know if you need anything else, and feel free to call us with any questions.

Thanks,

Brian

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Started Working Together

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8/26/08

to <redacted Political Staffer email>, Brian, Joe

<Redacted Political Staffer name>,

Wanted to introduce you to Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, founders of a very cool site - airbedandbreakfast.com

This is a little odd, but I think a unique opportunity for McCain to raise money, place volunteers across the country, and get some cool coverage. Obama's camp has already jumped onboard and I wanted you to take a look and chat with these guys. Could you check it out ASAP? I think this is a solid move and figure you could get these guys plugged into the right place to raise awareness within McCain and RNC contacts

Joe and Brian are both copied here. Also, check out their website and the press they've received to understand what they're doing. Best of luck out there!

- paige

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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<redacted Political Staffer email>,

8/26/08

to me, Brian, Joe

It is possible for you all to fill me in a bit more? How has Obama's team jumped on board? by approving the commercial? Also where did you all get this information: "At the Republican National Convention next month, John McCain will deliver his acceptance speech at a free, open event in Saint Paul, Minnesota." It is my understanding that he is giving his acceptance speech at the convention center, which you must have a security credential to get into--is there another speech you all heard he is making while in the city?

 what exactly are you all hoping to receive from the McCain camp?

 Thanks!

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<redacted Political Staffer email>,

8/26/08

to me, Brian, Joe

Hey guys--I just spoke with Paige--he explained that you all are allowing people to donate money from their proceeds to either Obama or McCain; and that Obama's legal team has signed off on this. Can you all explain to me how you all are going about this process? do you have a PAC? Are the people simply individually sending in the money to the campaigns? etc. Once you explain the process to me I will pass it through legal and if they ok it I will pass it along to our financial people. Thanks!!

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8/26/08

to <redacted Political Staffer email>, me, Brian

Hi <redacted Political Staffer Name> ,

Great to hear from you. Yes, you are correct - we enable hosts to pledge their proceeds to the campaign of their choice. We do not handle the donation. It is up to the host to follow up individually with their pledge separate from our company.

The Obama campaign is utilizing our service to house volunteers all around the country. We estimate for every 125 hosts pledging can reach as high as $20,000 in donations.

We can help the McCain campaign do the same thing. With one blast email sent from the campaign, thousands of mccain supporters would be able to open up their homes to other McCain supporters / volunteers.  

Let us know if you have questions. With the right support and email blast from the RNC / Campaign we think this can be a great resource for John McCain.

Joe

President & co-founder

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8/26/08

to me, Brian

Thank you very much for the intro, Paige.

Joe

Sent from my iPhone

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Playing With Site And Finding Bugs

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airbed-bugs

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8/31/08

to Nathan, Brian, Joe

Nate,

 

Back on the net now and received an email about a bug on your site:

Just wanted to update you on a bug. Go to the RNC event page (http://airbedandbreakfast.com/events/rnc) and then select See All. Next, below the first ten listings where it reads "Previous 1 2 3 4 5 ... 10  Next", select page 3 or page 4 (i.e. listings 21 - 30 or 31 - 40). The map doesn't show up. I've reproduced this bug on other screens where you have multiple pages. It generally happens around page 3 or 4 or 5 and then the map starts to appear again.

 

Thought you might want to research and fix this as it probably affects a large number of views across your site.

 

Hope you all have a great weekend; we'll talk this week once I've had a chance to catch up with <redacted VC Name>.

 

P.S. Hope y'all enjoy your birthday celebrations.

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Picture1.pngNathan Blecharczyk <nate@airbedandbreakfast.com>

9/1/08

to me, Brian, Joe

Paige,

Thanks for the bug report. I have fixed the issue. The issue was that some listing names on those pages had quotes in them that weren't being escaped properly when used with JavaScript.

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Nathan

All-Things-Technical Guy

www.AirBedAndBreakfast.com

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9/1/08

to Nathan, Brian, Joe

Thanks, nice work. Also, I didn't notice an easy way for people to report bugs on your site. I may have missed it and perhaps you have a way to collect bug reports from users.

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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Picture1.pngFrom: "Nathan Blecharczyk" <nate@airbedandbreakfast.com>

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 12:22:50 -0400

To: paige craig  

CC: Brian Chesky<brian@airbedandbreakfast.com>; Joe Gebbia<joe@airbedandbreakfast.com>

Subject: Re: airbed-bugs

Nathan Blecharczyk <nate@airbedandbreakfast.com>

9/1/08

to me, Brian, Joe

Yea, we had one until last week when it was removed for being unsightly. It will soon be replaced.

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