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Airbnb CEO says 2019 IPO "could happen"

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky onstage at the Code Conference. Photo: Asa Mathat for Vox Media

Airbnb will be ready to go public next year, CEO Brian Chesky said Wednesday, though he's not sure it will. "I want to make sure it is a major benefit to the company if we do... It could happen," he said at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Calif.

Backstory: A few months ago, amid the departure of finance chief Laurence Tosi, Chesky shut down rumors that the home-sharing company was planning to go public in 2018.