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Airbnb survived Covid, but the crisis mode in “sharing” economy stays


(Left to right) Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia, co-founders of Airbnb

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In this weekly series, CNBC takes a look at companies that made the inaugural Disruptor 50 list, 10 years later.

It’s hard to think of a more quintessential story in disruption than Airbnb — the company made CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list eight times, more than any other company in the last decade, prior to going public at the end of 2020.

And years from now, it’ll be hard to imagine how any company, much less a travel company, made its market debut at the height of a global pandemic the way Airbnb did.

To get through the crisis, the company laid off about 25% of its workforce — about 1,900 of…


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