March 10, 2016
Recent events tell us that Airbnb’s benign image masks a detached, tone-deaf corporation whose incompetence in public stagecraft risks undermining its $25 billion valuation. First, there was the disastrous advertising campaign last fall that seemed to lecture San Francisco on how to spend the tax revenue the company helpfully generates. And now this: Airbnb has been listing homes in illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank. It doesn’t take a Kissinger to figure out that Airbnb just waded into one of the most explosive foreign policy issues of our time….