Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an announcement in San Francisco, April 19, 2016. Airbnb intends to become a pubic company in 2020. Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Skift Take: Airbnb has always put itself out there as not just another startup or your grandmother’s online travel agency. Going the direct listing route, as opposed to a far costlier initial public offering, could fit in nicely with that narrative.

— Dennis Schaal

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