As Legislative Battle Looms, Airbnb Focuses on Building an API and Working With Brands

CEO wants the service to be 'more of a platform'

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CANNES, France—There are 5,125 people using Airbnb here this week during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky is one of them. Adweek sat down with the 34-year-old executive at his relatively spacious, temporary pad along the Croisette in this French Riviera town to discuss the future of his business—including the possibility of an API (application programming interface) and data-based partnerships with airlines and other brands.

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