How I Got Started at Airbnb

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AirbnbEng
May 16, 2013 · 4 min read

By Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis (photo by Celeste Noche)

Last fall Airbnb acquired Fondu, a company that Gauri Manglik and I founded. Fondu was helping people discover fresh new restaurants through a beautiful mobile experience. Rather than reading 300 reviews about a restaurant, we felt it would be more useful to follow your friends and respected foodies and see where they were eating.

Since the acquisition, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the process and the transition. The biggest question I get whenever people hear about the acquisition is “Do you miss working on a small team?” My gut response to this isn’t a yes or no, but actually just the realization that I still feel like I’m on a small team. The product team I work on, Trust, is just as small as Fondu was, and operates with significant autonomy. We have our mission: to make Airbnb the most trusted community on the internet. The only real difference is that instead of using off-the-shelf everything, we’re sitting next to other teams that are building the latest and greatest for us to use. Teams like Data Infrastructure, SRE, Search, Mobile, and many others. Instead of building everything from scratch, we have access to battle-tested functionality that lets us ship good stuff, even faster than the hacky way. Both ways allow quick iteration, but having supporting teams means that the solutions tend to scale better and be more reliable.

What was the acquisition process like?

How has it affected your daily life?

What’s different about the work you’re doing?

What problems are you working on now?

To be honest, the past 7 months have been a real transition, but also a massive opportunity for personal growth. Airbnb’s vision is inspiring, my colleagues challenge me daily, and the problems we’re solving are legendary. If my life was a book, this is a chapter I would not dream of missing out on.

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Originally published at nerds.airbnb.com on May 16, 2013.

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