Airbnb co-founder and CTO Nathan Blecharczyk was in Paris today to announce a neat little perk for future residents of Station F. Based in Paris, the huge Station F building is going to have 3,000 desks for tech companies of all kinds. It wants to become the biggest #startup campus in the world. And Airbnb is going to offer some free credit.
This is just the first perk announcement as there should be another 119 other perks for everyone at Station F. Airbnb is going to offer 3,000 travel vouchers worth $50 each. In addition to that, anybody who wants to become a host will also get $100 Airbnb credit.
Finally, five startups participating in Station F’s Founders program will receive $2,000 in free credit.
“We're just hoping to give back a little bit to the entrepreneurship community,” Blecharczyk said. Later in the discussion, he also commented about Station F and the tech ecosystem in France. “What I think is unique about here is the scale — thousands of entrepreneurs all in the same room. I think it could be the start of something really exciting, or the second chapter of something really exciting.”
While this isn’t going to affect Airbnb’s bottom line, it shows the company’s willingness to look beyond Silicon Valley. Blecharczyk confirmed that Paris is Airbnb’s largest international city when it comes to listings and stays.
Station F is launching in a few weeks. Roxanne Varza unveiled some of the launch partners at TechCrunch Disrupt London in December 2016. TechShop will open their first shop outside of the U.S. if you want to learn woodworking or CNC machines. Vente-privée will open a startup program and the incubator of HEC Paris will move there. French VC firms, such as Daphni, Ventech and Kima Ventures are going to have an office there. French accelerator Numa will have its own program. And Facebook is also opening a Startup Garage.