The CEO of lodging agency Airbnb, Brian Chesky in a latest CNBC interview spoke about cryptocurrency and the steps the agency is taking in coping with Ukrainian refugees. When requested about his opinion on crypto, the exec responded positively saying that he’s trying to assist it as he thinks “it’s a extremely attention-grabbing know-how.”
Chesky then continued “I went on Twitter initially of the 12 months and I requested the group if Airbnb can launch something in 2022, what would it not be? The primary response was so as to add crypto funds, so I’ve a staff trying into that.”
Noting that there aren’t any instant plans on the subject of crypto’s implementation “that rapidly,” Chesky mentioned: “So proper now we’re actually centered on is offering housing for refugees. That’s what I’ve mobilized a staff to do.”
The CEO nonetheless emphasised that it’s trying into including crypto within the wake of Ukraine’s disaster. Apart from that, the hospitality firm has additionally provided to offer lodging for as much as 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. In line with the European Union estimates, about 4 million folks could also be pressured to flee Ukraine to flee the Russian invasion.
Airbnb’s CEO discusses the refugee disaster in Ukraine
Because the starting of the warfare, greater than 600,000 civilians have fled Ukraine, in line with the UN. Two days again, Airbnb introduced that it’s providing free momentary housing for as much as 100,000 refugees from Ukraine.
As per its web site, the web hospitality firm has about 6 million lively listings worldwide, with greater than 4 million hosts which embody practically 100,000 cities and cities with totally useful Airbnb listings. Chesky additional defined that it has reached out to the governments throughout Poland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, and even nations west of them to supply help.
“We’ve been reaching out to our hosts. We’ve secured funding and so we’re ready to accommodate as much as 100,000 refugees,” he shared. “Frankly, we will home as many refugees as we’ve got hosts.”
Airbnb was dabbling with cryptocurrency for fairly a while. In its prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Change Fee [SEC] in November final 12 months, the agency named blockchain and cryptocurrencies as among the applied sciences it’s contemplating.