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Airbnb Said to Be Raising Funding at $10 Billion Valuation (1)

March 20, 2014

Joe Gebbia

Airbnb Inc. co-founder Joe Gebbia. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Airbnb Inc. is raising money from investors including TPG Capital in a financing round that would value the room-sharing service at more than $10 billion, said people with knowledge of the deal.

Airbnb is set to raise around $450 million in the funding, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The closely held San Francisco-based company, which is backed by venture-capital firms including Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and Founders Fund, was last assigned a value of $2.5 billion by its investors in 2012.

At $10 billion, Airbnb would join the ranks of the most highly valued private U.S. technology companies, which includes Dropbox Inc. and Palantir Technologies Inc. It would also be worth more than twice as much as publicly traded vacation-rental site HomeAway Inc. (AWAY:US)

A slew of technology startups have lately raised huge rounds of financing at increasing valuations, as corporate investors, hedge funds and mutual funds seek stakes in fast-growing companies before they go public. The abundance of capital is letting startups boost their cash to expand operations and staff. Some of the companies are on a path to an initial public offering.

Tango, Cloudera

Messaging application TangoMe Inc. today raised $280 million from investors led by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., in a deal that values the startup at more than $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said. Earlier this week, Cloudera Inc. said it garnered $160 million, with more set to come from investors including Intel Corp., people with knowledge of the situation said.

Founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb lets users rent out a couch, bedroom or house and makes money by charging a fee for each transaction. The company has listings in more than 34,000 cities, according to its website.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today on Airbnb’s financing. Kim Rubey, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, declined to comment. Adam Levine, TPG’s global head of public affairs, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail message seeking comment.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ari Levy in San Francisco at alevy5@bloomberg.net; Serena Saitto in New York at ssaitto@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Pui-Wing Tam at ptam13@bloomberg.net Jillian Ward


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