How Airbnb became a $30 billion success

In Case Study #19 I take a quick look at Airbnb an online community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations around the world.

Airbnb rocketed to a $1B valuation in 2 years after graduating the Y-Combinator incubator and now boasts a $30B valuation (Q1 2017) after raising over $4B.

This success story includes two very interesting and important lessons:

  1. Get Connected to customers or users early and effectively (don’t guess or rely on research reports).
  2. Find Mentors Early.  Bring in advisors that know the space or have functional expertise.  (And definitely consider applying to an incubator.)

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How Red Bull Got Its Wings

In Case Study #16 I take a look at the improbable birth of Reb Bull.  How did an Austrian on a trip to Thailand stumble onto a beverage that would redefine an industry?  Did he really discover it as a cure for jet lag?  What did they do when major US competitors launched, Monster, 5-Hour Energy, Rock Star, NoS, burn and Full Throttle?  The story is as compelling as it is interesting.

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Is Facebook the New Amazon?

In Case Study #15 I take a look at the increasing dominance of Facebook.  From its beginning as a social media destination that crushed MySpace, mighty Facebook has expanded services to make things more interesting for you and me.  Facebook is challenging YouTube not only in casual snippet viewership but it’s driving into long form video.  Add to that the 2012 acquisition of Instagram, now beating Snapchat at the “stories” game, to the expansion into adjacent services such as job postings which should make LinkedIn and Monster nervous, the constant enhancement of the original core offering has been relentless.  Is Facebook the New Amazon?  I think so – but you decide!

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The Rise of Jack Ma and Alibaba

In Case Study #14 I take a look at the rise of Jack Ma, a humble school teacher in China, and Alibaba, the company he founded.  Where did he come from?  Did he really fail the college entrance exam twice?  How did Alibaba face the massive challenge from eBay?  Was the name of the company actually conceived in a coffee shop in Malaysia?  I take a look at all of this and more!

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How Instagram Declared War on Snapchat

In Case Study #13 the war between Snapchat and Instagram is examined. Instagram Stories is making a big dent in Snapchat’s market position – and the Snapchat CEO has a supermodel girlfriends that’s picking fights in the media with facebook along the way.  What’s true and what’s fiction?  Where will the war lead?

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Tesla: No Longer Just a Car Company

In Case Study #12 I take a look at Tesla and how the company you think is an automobile company is actually an energy company with a massive vision to make an impact in energy.

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