16 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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Joe Gebbia

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Airbnb's Joe Gebbia told us a fantastic story once about the importance of meeting your customers. One day, Y Combinator's Paul Graham took a look at the plans for Airbnb and told Joe and his fellow founders that it wasn't going to work. Then he asked them a simple question, "Where is your market?"

The founders said New York. Paul then gestured wildly and said, "Your users are in New York and you're here in Mountain View. What are …

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We're not waiting until the New Year to unveil some of the changes we've been working on these past few weeks. Today, we pushed live a facelift to ZURBsoapbox , which further highlights the great insights from our past speakers, such as Twilio's Jeff Lawson, Airbnb's Joe Gebbia and the Winklevoss twins.

We also thought it was high-time the site got an update since it was the first page we ever built on Foundation when we released the open-source …

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The idea for the service, as co-founder Joe Gebbia told us at his soapbox , was sparked out of two problems: a need to pay rent and every hotel room in town being booked. Joe and his eventual co-founder Brian Chesky had both left their jobs in 2007 and had dwindling bank accounts. That meant they could no longer afford the rent on their San Francisco apartment after it went up.

The same week their rent got hiked, a design conference came to town, booking every hotel around. …

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This morning, something that Airbnb's Joe Gebbia said in a recent Co-Design article caught our eye. He was talking with other influential product designers about the design challenges of today. He said this decade was: About using the Internet to enable real-world interactions. It's leveraging this digital life to make our analog lives more connected. It's not using Facebook to spy on an old friend, but to meet them in person.

Facebook Director of Product Design

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Joe Gebbia

Of course, Joe talked about what it took to scale Airbnb from his living room to an international service. But his biggest piece of advice: allow yourself to do things that don't necessarily scale.

Hear Joe's Soapbox

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Ev dropped by ZURB HQ just days after his latest venture, Medium, was announced. It was the first time he spoke publicly about the web publishing service. Of course, what really struck us was when he said, "It's …

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We're still talking around bout Joe Gebbia's soapbox last month around ZURB HQ. Airbnb's Co-Founder and Chief Product Designer was a great storyteller, sharing the story of how Airbnb came into existance.

While he shared with us the challenges the boarding service faced in scaling into a worldwide sensation, the one thing that stuck with us the most was when he talked about doing things that don't scale.

Permission to Do Things That Don't Scale

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…foremost is your product. Which is what Airbnb did when it started in the living room of Joe Gebbia's San Francisco apartment, renting out a few airbeds to attendees of a design conference. Even when you're ready to scale, or are scaling, you should still focus on your product, testing ideas and iterating. Like Airbnb, which is worldwide and now valued at more than $ 1 billion, having raised $ 220 million in funding.

As Fast Company points out , Joe's original …

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You read that right. We're having not one, but two ZURBsoapboxes this month. Early this week, we announced that former Pinterest designer Sahil Lavingia will get on his soapbox next Friday, Oct. 19.

Now we're as equally excited to have Airbnb Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Joe Gebbia join us a week after Sahil, on Friday, Oct. 26.

From Living Room to Worldwide Service

Amazingly, in the few years since its founding, Airbnb has become a worldwide …

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…online shop. Airbnb is another example. Co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia didn't give up on their idea , even after the first few launches failed to get traction and eventually getting seeded by Y Combinator. Three years later, Airbnb raised $ 112 million in funding.

Don't get us wrong. There are going to be failures along the way. That's a given. That's how you learn. But you don't have to slam into the ground hard once you jump off …

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…persistence is Airbnb . I first met the founders, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, after SXSW 2008. They had launched their site as a marketplace for temporary housing rentals during conferences twice already by that point: once for a design conference in SF, and then again at SXSW in Austin. That summer, they launched a third time for the Democratic National Convention and achieved some traffic, which promptly went away soon after the conference was over. By fall, almost anyone …

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