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Diversity takes center stage at Airbnb’s annual tech conference

Diversity takes center stage at Airbnb’s annual tech conference

Airbnb’s annual tech conference, OpenAir, has traditionally focused on engineering challenges: how to grow a platform, how to use big data, how to better match people looking for short-term lodging with those who have rooms for rent. 

This year, the conference focused on a different challenge for the company and the tech industry: diversity and inclusion.

These represent new areas of focus for a company that has long received mixed reactions, from travelers who love it as an alternative to hotels, regulators and residents who want to reign it in because of its effect on local housing stock, and now customers who accuse it of doing too little to...

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