The company has been tipped as one of the outsized tech startups that would go public this year, although this latest round gives it a lot more runway as a private company. TechCrunch source say that Airbnb has “no plans to go public anytime soon.” Airbnb - which started as a marketplace for people with spare beds to connect with travelers who needed a place to stay but didn’t want or couldn’t afford a hotel — has expanded massively with a huge global network not just of spare beds but whole homes covering all budgets, as well as a new line of “experiences.” Launched in November last year, this new category takes the company beyond accommodation into events that let users “experience a city like a local.” Airbnb also moved into an end-to-end experience by letting users book their travel through the Airbnb platform. It’s also made a couple of key acquisitions that speak to how it hopes to widen its commercial net, including the group-focused Tilt funding platform and Luxury Retreats to bring in more properties (and clients!) at the higher end of the market. Get the full story at TechCrunch