Airbnb is to offer a directed-share program to its hosts as part of its upcoming IPO. The detail came to light as perhaps the most hotly anticipated stock prospectus of the last few years did the rounds this week with the San Francisco-based firm being somewhat vague with the criteria required for hosts to benefit from the scheme.
Designed to reward loyalty in the same way as ride-sharing app Uber did on its own IPO last year, the stock will reportedly be made available to US-based hosts who have had a certain number of active listings over the last 2 years. However, the equity scheme will exclude all non-US hosts who together make up 86% of the company’s total inventory providers.
Like any marketplace, Airbnb relies heavily on the loyalty of those who supply its inventory, and in addition to the shares program the company will be putting a fund aside made up of 9.2 million class H shares to benefit hosts with “programs, initiatives and grants” with CEO Brian Chesky personally contributing $100 million.
Perhaps Brian Chesky read our opinion piece back in April on the importance of prioritizing your inventory providers as a marketplace...