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You may have heard me mention my client Vera Gibbons or if you re in the States you may have seen her on the CBS Morning Show with Anthony Mason talking about her daily newsletter called Non Political News (NoPo).

Each day Vera scours the web to curate the most interesting stories that have NOTHING to do with politics and fit into these categories: Consumer/Personal Finance, Health & Wellness, Fashion/Beauty, & Fitness/Diet. The blog is delivered Monday – Thursday and on Friday’s there is a blog takeover by an expert in their field.

Last Friday the Guest NoPoST was by author Leigh Gallagher who has a new book out: The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy.

After reading Leigh’s NoPoST where she shares five things you may not already know about the Airbnb story, I thought I would get the book.  Then it occurred to me, that perhaps you would also like to read the book, and maybe we could do a virtual meet up via Zoom and have a chat.

I think this story is appropriate for all of us entrepreneurs and by reading the trials and tribulations of the founders, who are now in the three comma club, maybe there are some take aways for our own little businesses.  Or not, hence the discussion.

I have scheduled the Zoom for July 18, 12pm est.  I will put a reminder in the newsletter we send out, so if you aren’t yet signed up, please do so.  If there are enough of us reading the book I will ask Vera to connect me to Leigh and maybe she pop in and answer some questions or be part of our chat.

I will leave you the first part of Leigh’s blog post here, and please visit the website to complete the article.

It almost didn’t happen  Airbnb was founded by two unemployed, broke graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, and one of Gebbia’s former roommates, Nathan Blecharczyk. Like many a successful idea, it almost didn’t happen. Gebbia pleaded with Chesky for a long time to get him to quit his job and move from Los Angeles to San Francisco so they could start a company together. Chesky resisted, worried about taking such a risk and forgoing the “safe” path of a full-time job with health insurance. Blecharczyk, meanwhile, grew dubious after traction was minimal after their first few launches—he ended up moving back to Boston, at which point Chesky and Gebbia advertised for his replacement. They were on their last legs when their advisor, Michael Siebel, convinced them they had to apply to startup accelerator Y Combinator, which changed everything. >read more

EIleen Lonergan
Eileen Lonergan was an integral part of this company. Unfortunately, Eileen Passed away on the 31st of October 2018 after a short battle with Cancer. She leaves behind the legacy of the Divi Theme Users Group and hundreds of people that she helped through coaching, building outstanding websites and just being - accessible. We miss her every day!
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