Scenes From South by Southwest Interactive Festival

By Douglas MacMillan - 2013-03-12T19:06:50Z

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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Ruminating on the Past

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky reminisced about the difficulties he faced during his startup's early days. The company had trouble finding people to invest in its room-rental site

Chesky has had an easier time lately. His company was valued at about $2.5 billion in October. For this year's South by Southwest, about 8,000 people booked accommodations in Austin through the site, Chesky said.