Won’t you join me on my picture recap diary of Airbnb Open 2016 in Los Angeles…
Here is the layout. It only took about 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other. I loved the layout because it let you explore a bit of LA, but also fostered more interaction with other hosts. I met so many by just walking to another venue. It had more of a festival feel which is what Airbnb was going for by calling it ‘A Festival of Hosting’
Airbnb did away with the conference feel of a lanyard around the neck opting for a bracelet. Notice my Superhost badge 🙂
A photo from early Thursday morning! I, along with a few hundred other hosts, were invited to a ‘special’ announcement at The Palace Theatre.
At this ‘special’ announcement, Brian, Joe, and Nate briefly appeared on stage to say hello and welcome the 6,000 hosts and few hundred guests to Airbnb Open 2016 in LA.
The big announcement was ‘trips’ or ‘experiences’ plus places and he revealed Airbnb’s future plans to get into ‘services’ and ‘flights’ but didn’t reveal any specifics. Airbnb is now offering ‘experiences’ by locals in 24 cities across the globe with plans to be in every major city.
This was the Oasis, the area of Airbnb Open that was permanently open, had vendors, Airbnb employees, lounge chairs, food, and drinks, etc. I spent a good amount of time here. The concert by Maroon 5 was held on that stage on Saturday night. My Airbnb had a full view of this entire area which was awesome.
My Thursday experience was exploring a very odd, artsy house in the Venice neighborhood. I wasn’t too impressed by it and wouldn’t have gone if I knew what it was, especially because my taxi took about 70 minutes each way.
Nate, Airbnb CTO and co-founder, and Elizabeth Blecharczyk came to visit my group dinner on Friday night, and I had to squeeze in a photo! I’m not short; he’s tall!
Of course, those folks on the wrong side of technology, innovation, sharing, etc. were there to waste everyone’s time. Fun fact: Online shopping was heavily opposed because it would increase fraud. Guess who won that battle? It’s like I can see the future, but it’s so easy to see. Airbnb will win, and they’ll win big.Fun fact: Online shopping was opposed because it would increase fraud. Guess who won that battle? Click To Tweet
An anti-Airbnb lady paid $395 for an Airbnb Open ticket just to sneak into one event with Ashton Kutcher to scream something that only the first five rows could hear. She provided some good entertainment and got booed off stage so bad I think she started crying.
Here is my Airbnb. It was literally in the center of the event, and you could see the concert (only 1/2 blocks away) and other venues from the windows to the left and the rooftop patio.
Compared to AO Paris, Airbnb nailed it! I loved the layout with the multiple venues. I loved the wristband instead of the lanyard. I loved the schedule of talks/sessions. I loved the weather.
What I didn’t love is the process to get into a session. I missed many sessions due to lines. You had to arrive early, which meant you had to leave the prior session early. But the worst part about that is you could’ve waited in a line for 30 minutes and not gotten in by only a few hosts, which happened to me. Next year, I hope they count out the lines and let you know if you’ll get in or not. There was a lot of cutting, too! Maybe even tell us how many hosts can fit into each venue.
I would’ve liked to see more Airbnb organized evening/social mixers for those solo travelers. I would love for Airbnb to encourage more solo travelers. A lot of Airbnb-related startups threw their own events during the nights, but if you didn’t know about one of these, it was hard to figure out what to do after the day ended around 5pm.
I also thought the Thursday explorations could’ve been better described as I didn’t enjoy mine and wasn’t expecting it based on the description. Plus, it would’ve been great to share a ride with others in the same exploration as me.
I heard other complaints from hosts who bought tickets to the Saturday night concert but wasn’t let in due to capacity. I guess Airbnb sold tickets to the general public to cut down their costs?
I also heard some hosts weren’t let into the Belo awards which were an extra cost. I won’t be buying a Belo award ticket next year, I didn’t even go this year.
That’s a lot of complaints, but it’s in the spirit of improvement! I really loved this year’s event and am planning to go next years wherever it is. I hope to be a speaker, too!
Unfortunately, Airbnb Open 2017 has been canceled. Where do you think Airbnb Open 2018 will be held? I think Australia! Let me know your predictions in the comments.