Fun + Unique Airbnb News, November ’16

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In this monthly piece, I’m going to focus on the fun and interesting news coming out about Airbnb. I’ll mostly be ignoring news from governments and special-interest groups about regulation, litigation, taxes, housing crisis, etc.

You can earn $10 more per night on Airbnb just by having a hair dryer

You can earn $10 more per night on Airbnb just by having a hair dryer Click To Tweet

I can say from personal experience as a male Airbnb host that I did not purchase a hair dryer until a female guest asked if I had one. I did not.

Airbnb’s head of global operations has left the company

I met Varsha while I worked at Airbnb. She stayed out of most things, I barely saw her, she barely spoke at company events. She seemed to be well liked, though I never heard her name while I was there except for this articles about claims of sexual harassment from her housekeeper.

A new Airbnb initiative lets hosts earn up to $1,000 by installing solar panels on their homes

Airbnb hosts can earn up to $1,000 in every market (about 20) where SolarCity operates.

SolarCity customers that become hosts will get $100 in Airbnb travel credit.

Oddly, no links were provided.

Airbnb’s most ridiculous rentals: From the back of a cab to a bed in a shed

Airbnb's most ridiculous rentals: From the back of a cab to a bed in a shed Click To Tweet

An Igloo, NYC Cab, boat on a farm, bed in a shed, tent in a garden

Delta turns to apartment-sharing service Airbnb for more business

This is a small win for Airbnb, but it’s a step in the right direction! Out with the old (hotels), in with the new!

Is this the world’s best Airbnb?

Is this the world's best Airbnb? Click To Tweet

You tell me…beach view, balcony, luxurious…

Airbnb has made its biggest product announcement in its eight-year history – will it take off?

If you’ve been following me, you know that I’m not hot on ‘experiences’ that Airbnb is rolling out. The reason being, it’s not about what you do, it’s about who you do it with. A magical experience is created based on the people you meet and not what you do. But, Airbnb is not matching people with people, instead they’re matching people with activities. Regardless, they’re moving full steam ahead and we’ll see…

What Ashton Kutcher Said in Defense of Airbnb to a Code Pink Protestor

At Airbnb Open, a protestor appeared on stage screaming unintelligible phrases against Airbnb while Ashton Kutcher tried to have a conversation with her. Watching this 3 minute video for the entire scene caught on camera.