Airbnb Canada’s country manager shares what’s in the company’s “DNA”

Airbnb Canada

Tech journalist and TV personality Amber Mac was all over Dx3 2015, interviewing founders and senior execs from some of Canada’s top digital businesses live from the Dx3 show floor about the obstacles and opportunities shaping the industry. As a media sponsor for Dx3 2015, BetaKit has been selected to share these interviews, courtesy the fine folks at EY Canada.

Airbnb is having a pretty good month, raising one of the largest private-funding rounds ever: $1.5 billion at a valuation of $25.5 billion.

In the interview below, Aaron Zifkin, Airbnb’s Country Manager for Canada, rolls out a few more numbers: over 30 million guests have used the service, with 550,000 using it on the company’s biggest day. Canada, notably, is also on Airbnb’s top ten countries list.

However, Zifkin explains to Amber in the video that, despite the massive scale, little has changed “in the DNA” of Airbnb since the company’s founding. “People are always looking to get off the path and have a truly authentic local experience,” says Zifkin. “I think unlike anybody else in the world, we provide that through our host community.”

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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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