Struggling to pay the rent can spark amazing ideas.
For three guys in San Francisco, it led to a multi-billion-dollar global company.
According to Business Insider, Airbnb started in 2007 as an idea to make money so two roommates could afford their rent in San Francisco. Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky provided air mattresses and breakfast in their apartment for three guests to stay during a conference.
They realized they were onto something and enlisted the help of a former roommate, Nathan Blecharczyk, to expand their business.
The three founders worked on perfecting their product, along with pitching—and being rejected by many—investors before achieving success, but Airbnb is now worth $31 billion and serves more than 65,000 cities and 190 countries.