(Adds details, Chesky quote)
By Angela Moon
NEW YORK, March 13 Airbnb, the leading online
marketplace for short-term lodging, has no specific plans yet to
go public, its chief executive officer Brian Chesky said on
"We don’t have any announcement to make. We are working to
make sure that the company is ready," Chesky said at an event at
the New York Exchange when asked about plans for an initial
"Our investors are very patient and none of them are anxious
for us to go public," he said, adding that the company doesn't
need to raise more money.
Airbnb raised $1 billion in its latest round of funding,
valuing the company at $31 billion. The company which operates
in more than 65,000 cities worldwide turned profitable in the
second quarter of 2016.
As part of its efforts to become a full-service travel
agency, Airbnb recently bought a payment startup Tilt and a
high-end rental services Luxury Retreats for hundreds of
millions of dollars.
Regarding a slew of events including a sexism scandal that
has rocked another Silicon Valley startup giant Uber, Chesky
said Uber's chief executive Travis Kalanick was doing
"everything he should be doing."
"He has owned up to every problem, apologized and owned it,"
he said, adding that many unicorn executives are still on a
leadership journey and are learning on the job. Chesky said he
had not spoken to Kalanick about the recent challenges.
"I'm always seeking out to people, smarter than me, for
leadership (advice), the more successful I get," the 35-year old
(Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and