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How Airbnb Can Make Business Travel More Fun

Next time you hit the road on business, skip the hotel and check into an igloo or castle instead.

This story appears in the April 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Believe it: can make more fun. Launched in the summer of 2008 by three couch-surfing-inspired twentysomethings, the startup has grown from a site featuring a mere 40 listings in into a massive online property-rental network populated with more than 40,000 privately listed locations around the world, from dorm-like shared bedrooms to igloos and entire castles. That's right, castles.

According to co-founder, CTO and host Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb's main target is the casual traveler, but more and more business travelers are booking, some simply out of boredom. "I had a frequent traveler to the Bay Area stay with me because he's been in every hotel in the area and wanted to change it up," Blecharczyk says. "Now he's trying every place on Airbnb that meets his criteria."

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