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Airbnb and WeWork are joining forces

Startups hope to appeal to business travelers via a new alliance
October 04, 2017 06:00PM

From left: A WeWork space, Adam Neumann, and Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia

WeWork and Airbnb formed an alliance in a bid to take over the corporate travel market.

Customers who book a room on Airbnb will also be able to reserve a desk at the nearest WeWork co-working space under a pilot program in six cities, Bloomberg reported.

As of Thursday, the service will be available in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London and Sydney. Earlier this year Airbnb introduced a feature allowing users to search for homes with a desk and high-speed internet.

WeWork, meanwhile, has offered overnight stays at its WeLive co-living location in Lower Manhattan. The company recently raised $4.4 billion from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank at a $20 billion valuation. [Bloomberg]Konrad Putzier