After Airbnb Open events wrapped up at Fort Mason Center yesterday with a sunset social, the festivities spread to other parts of San Francisco. Dinners were scheduled all over the city—in homes and restaurants—hosted by about 100 Airbnb employees. (Susan, from Tacoma, Washington, noted that her dinner didn’t end until close to midnight.)

In the coming days, we’ll be sharing details from one of the employee-hosted dinners—a beautifully composed backyard gathering, complete with s’mores as the finale. (Mmm. That familiar campfire smell in your clothes the day after.)

We’ll also be posting summaries of various events, such as this morning’s Founders’ Panel and tonight’s Host Awards Show and Dinner. And since one of the major draws of the Open is the opportunity to connect with fellow hosts, we’ve got some Airbnb host profiles in the works as well. Even if you couldn’t meet them in person, you can laugh at their anecdotes and gain insight from their experiences.

In the meantime, here are just a few of our favorite snippets—heard over the course of the first half of the Open:

“It’s noble to care for the mobile.” –Chip Conley

“Airbnb helps me live the life I want to live. And I think, together, we help millions of others—and will continue to help them—live the lives that they want to live. All this is pretty cool to me.” –Sonoma County host Fred Reid

“We couldn’t be more different, and that is our strength. … When you put the three of us together, it’s like a stool—a super-stable structure. If you took away one of the legs/one of the founders, I don’t think we would be here today.” –Nate Blecharczyk, on the three founders and their roles

“There is this kind of mythology in Silicon Valley that if you build it, they will come. And we built it, and they didn’t come. … We were making $200/week in revenue, which does not support three guys in San Francisco.” –Joe Gebbia, on the early days of Airbnb

“Cat tax!” –Brian Chesky, when the audience began shouting out not-quite-audible words

And we couldn’t resist sharing Carmel Valley-based host Megan’s heartwarming story, explaining why she loves Airbnb:


“In June of 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had five bookings and I was so overwhelmed, I called Airbnb and they cancelled everybody and did a beautiful job of helping them find other places. And then about two and a half months ago, as part of my reconstruction surgery, I had to have an emergency surgery. I had only seven hours’ notice. So I put the dog in the kennel. I put lots of clean sheets and towels in the rental room. I had four guests booked, and I wasn’t sure when I’d be home from the hospital.

Nobody was home. So the first guest completely cleaned the room for the next guest. The next guest did the same thing for the next guest coming in. The third guest—and I was texting everybody before and after the surgery, from the hospital—the next guest cancelled and he said, ‘I don’t want to burden you at this time.’ So I said please call Airbnb and let them know what’s happening. So he did. Airbnb refunded him 100 percent. This is about five hours before he was supposed to check in. They paid me for the night.

Two days later, when I got home from the hospital, my fourth guest was in—very happy. And there were flowers waiting for me. And I want to thank Jessica from Airbnb [for sending them]. … I just cried. I felt so supported. That was my transformational moment, because I really saw that this is a friendly, personal company.”

And a few of our favorites tweets: