This morning, while Airbnb was announcing its plan to build a grassroots voting bloc that rivaled the NRA, Brian Chesky, the home-rental company's CEO, took the stage at the Fortune Global Summit in San Francisco. Chesky did not answer audience questions from the audience, but he did discuss Airbnb's victory over regulation in San Francisco last night. "When people are protesting they are thinking about me — and maybe they understand me or don't understand me," he told the crowd assembled at the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill.
Chesky seemed to be referencing the demonstration that happened Monday when protestors stormed Airbnb's headquarters with megaphones and balloons. The protest was an effort to rally support for Proposition F, a ballot measure that would have restricted Airbnb's ability to run short-term rentals in San Francisco. The ballot was defeated last night with 55 percent of the vote, despite the fact that Airbnb spent a reported $8 million campaigning against it.
Nitasha Tiku is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.
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