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Here's the Email That Started Vacation-Rental Site Airbnb

It's pure coincidence, but just in time for Renters Week Fast Company runs an interview with Joe Gebbia, co-founder of the vacation-rental site Airbnb. Back in 2007—long before the site's public shaming and ensuing $50,000 insurance policy—Gebbia and then-roommate Brian Chesky rented out the extra space in their apartment to folks coming to San Francisco for a design conference. "We inflated an airbed in the living room and imagined cooking breakfast for a lucky guest," Gebbia says. "By the end of the night, we came up with the name Airbed & Breakfast." Read his email to Chesky, now the company's CEO, above.

· Starred: the Email That Launched Airbnb [Fast Company]
· Shamed Airbnb Issues Apology and $50,000 Insurance Policy [Curbed National]
· All Renters Week 2011 posts [Curbed National]