Airbnb has experienced a lot of growth over the years. Currently our design department consists of nearly a dozen functions and outcome teams. It became clear that we needed more systematic ways to guide and leverage our collective efforts. While we recognized these challenges within the company, I believe they are symptoms of larger software industry problems.
Documentation. This project required us to operate within a tight timeline, which caused us to overlook some of the documentation process. Lacking thorough documentation created some confusion that could have been avoided. Just like with coding, documenting systems as they are created is paramount to the process. It has to be done sooner or later, and documenting throughout the creation process allows for smoother decision-making.
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United Airlines Grows at Hubs: United Airlines tweaked its network over the weekend, and I found its moves at Los Angeles, where I live, to be the most interesting. A decade ago, United was one of Hollywood’s preferred airlines, and it flew to many of the largest markets for entertainment, as well as bigger Western cities. Now, it’s focused on smaller markets from L.A., including some unusual additions: Eugene, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; and Pasco/Tri-Cities, Washington. Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today has details.
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On one hand, Expedia is an online travel company. On the other, we’re a partner in countless stories; honeymoons, million-dollar business deals, a child’s first trip to the beach…we make these things happen. We love travel and we want to make it easier for everyone to share our passion. Travel lets us find beauty in the unexpected places of the world, in crowded marketplaces or in the eerie morning fog of the countryside. Share the joy of travel with the world and you’ll find that the greatest voyage of your career might be with us. We’re looking for people who are just as enthusiastic as we are when it comes to travel. People who get giddy while planning a trip. People who have lists of places they want visit. And people who can’t stand making lists. We want people who recognize that technology is how we’re going to make travel simpler and more accessible. People who understand that travel isn’t about Point A and Point B. It’s about everything in between. Similarly, this company isn’t just about the end result. We need to be happy, stimulated and fulfilled. If that’s what you want too, we would love to hear from you.
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To help fund the site, the founders created special edition breakfast cereals, with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain as the inspiration for "Obama O's" and "Cap'n McCains". In two months, 800 boxes of cereal were sold at $40 each, which generated more than $30,000 for the company's incubation. It also got the company noticed by computer programmer Paul Graham, who invited the founders to the January 2009 winter training session of his startup incubator, Y Combinator, which provided them with training and $20,000 in funding in exchange for a small interest in the company. With the website already built, they used the $20,000 Y-Combinator investment to fly to New York City to meet users and promote the site. They returned to San Francisco with a profitable business model to present to West Coast investors. By March 2009, the site had 10,000 users and 2,500 listings.