The Perk Bubble Is Growing as Tech Booms Again

The social calendar posted on a wall at Internet start-up Airbnb Inc. is covered in multicolored sticky notes. A recent Wednesday was blocked out for a wine and cheese mixer and an all-hands talk on stock options. Friday brought a rooftop barbecue, and Saturday there was an air-guitar contest.

Then there are the regularly scheduled perks at the 120-person vacation-rental marketplace outfit, including Mustache Mondays (employees wear fake ones), Yoga Tuesdays (before company lunch) and Thursday Recess (company-wide kickball).

Working at Airbnb “is like a really fun school where you get paid,” says Joe Gebbia, the 29-year-old co-founder of the company, whose offices have a two-story indoor tree house and a section of a retired Pan Am plane. “Or maybe it’s more like camp.”

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