Despite the local challenges it is facing, Airbnb -- like non-travel companies such as Demand -- is proving that fantastic content and payment management systems will allow it to succeed where others are creating new ways to fail.
… Taking those pretty pictures involves some complicated code. Looking at the numbers tells you why.
Airbnb now has 3,000 photographers on contract who have taken more than 1 million photos of 65,000 properties, a spokeswoman told us. It pays them $40 to $50 per shoot in the U.S., which typically produces 12 photos.
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