Airbnb's War Room
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Airbnb's conference room, modeled after the War Room in Dr. Strangelove
There are many ways for a startup to burn through $326 million in venture capital. You could hire lobbyists, grease political levers, launch a 24/7 hotline for complaints from the disrupted, and even build a conference room for software developers modeled after the War Room in Dr. Strangelove. Airbnb opted for ALL OF THE ABOVE.
There are two Silicon Valleys.
There's the one where people spend money like crazy, as exemplified by Airbnb.
And then there's the Silicon Valley where lots of people are struggling to survive.
The two Silicon Valleys are representative of the two Americas.
San Francisco magazine says the room, which has its own Foursquare listing, is all part of the "arms race" for inspirational office space so you will never (ever ever) stop working. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bubble — just don't forget how this movie ends.
The cinematic homage isn't the only affect in Airbnb's new offices at 888 Brannan Street in Soma. It also features a Skee-Ball machine. An infantilizing extravagance? Hardly, says Metropolis magazine. It's a riff off an early listing that tried to sell a Skee-Ball machine as sleeping quarters, making Airbnb new workplace "game section" muy authentico.
How does Dr. Strangelove end?
Oh, right, everybody dies.