If you need a place to stay when you travel to Omaha this May for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, you should check out Airbnb for an authentic “Warren Buffett experience”, including staying in the legendary investor’s childhood home in Omaha during your visit.
More on Airbnb listing of Warren Buffett’s childhood home
On the weekend of the annual shareholders meeting for Berkshire Hathaway in May, Airbnb is running a contest to give away a stay for six people at Buffett’s three-bedroom childhood home. Contestants are required to provide “creative answers” to questions about Omaha and their travel “bucket list.”
Of note, the Airbnb listing also includes some trivia about the house where Berkshire’s chairman spent his formative years.
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• The library: Catch up on your reading. This room was once Warren Buffett’s dad’s study. The shelves are original, but the desk is long gone: it’s now actually in Warren’s own Berkshire Hathaway office!
• Formal dining room: Host your own family board meetings in the formal dining room, illuminated by the chandelier added by Warren’s parents.
• Bedrooms: The house has three bedrooms, and the upstairs bedroom with twin beds was Warren’s room — we can assume this is quite possibly the world’s best spot to dream up money-making schemes. You’re never too young to be an entrepreneur in this household: Warren started his first enterprise selling chewing gum door-to-door at age 6.
Airbnb is undertaking a major campaign to make rooms available in Omaha during this year’s annual meeting at the personal request of the Oracle of Omaha, who has been focused on lowering the cost of attending the big event for a couple of years now (local hotels are always fully booked and often double or triple their usual prices for the week of the meeting).
Statement from Buffett on lodging for Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting
When discussing lodging in Omaha for the annual meeting, Warren Buffett noted, “That gets expensive,” in this year’s annual letter to Berkshire shareholders. ”Those people on a tight budget should check the Airbnb website.”
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But wait there is a catch! Ouch Quebec – see the full terms on Airbnb
***Contest Terms and Conditions***
“Win a Stay in Warren Buffett’s Childhood Home” Official Rules
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
Sponsor. The “Win a Stay in Warren Buffett’s Childhood Home” Contest (“Contest”) sponsor is Airbnb, Inc., 888 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (“Sponsor”). The Contest is not sponsored by or affiliated with Warren Buffett or Berkshire Hathaway.
How to Enter. Enter from 3/17/15 at 8:00am PT through 4/1/15 at 11:59:59pm PT. Just visit https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5630903, follow the instructions to submit your entry, and provide your answers to the following questions:
(a) What are you most excited to experience in Omaha?
(b) What are you most looking forward to at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting?
(c) What’s your favorite Airbnb experience?
(d) What’s next on your travel bucket list?
Essay/Answer Requirements. Answers/essays must: (a) be in English and a maximum of 200 words or less per question, (b) comply with Airbnb’s Terms of Service and User Conduct guidelines, (c) be entrant’s original work, not previously submitted in any promotion or displayed publicly, (d) not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy/publicity, and (e) not contain any content which (i) constitutes advertising or commercial content for any party other than Airbnb, (ii) endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity, or (iii) is violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable or inconsistent with Sponsor’s image. Airbnb reserves the right to disqualify any submission that violates these prohibitions or that Airbnb deems inappropriate for any reason, in Airbnb’s sole discretion. You represent and warrant that your submission does not make unauthorized use of, or violate, any rights of any third party, and that, if necessary, you can provide proper permissions in a form acceptable to Airbnb.
Eligibility. To enter, you must be 21 or older and a shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway as of 1/5/15. Contest void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, the Province of Quebec, or any other place where prohibited or restricted. Directors, officers, employees and agents of Airbnb, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible to participate. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, entrant will be deemed to be the authorized account holder of the email address provided at the time of entry.
Winner Selection. A panel of judges, including the current owner of Warren Buffett’s former childhood home, will collaborate to select one (1) winner based on the following criteria:
(a) Creativity/originality (50%)
(b) Love of all that is Omaha (25%)
(c) Quality of expression (25%)
The decision of the judges is final and binding.
Winner Notification/Validation. The winner will be notified on or about 4/7/15 using contact information provided at time of entry. Potential winner and his/her travel guests may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release where permitted by law, as well as provide information necessary for compliance with any applicable tax laws. Failure to comply within four days may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner.
License & Media Interviews. By entering, you grant Airbnb an unrestricted, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, display, broadcast or otherwise use your submission, with or without modifications, in any media, whether now existing or later developed, for any purpose. To the extent allowed by applicable law, you waive any “moral rights” relating to your submission, consent to publication of your submission in any manner which might otherwise be deemed to constitute a violation of any applicable moral rights, and further agree that Airbnb may use (or not use) your name, likeness, photo, and/or geographical and biographical information in connection with your submission. The winner, upon reasonable advance notice, will participate in up to three in-person press interviews with media selected by Airbnb, at times and places selected by Airbnb, surrounding use of the Property and Airbnb generally.
Prize. One (1) prize is available: A three (3) night stay for six (6) people at Warren Buffett’s childhood home in Omaha, Nebraska. Transportation to the accommodations is not included in the prize. Stay must occur during the period May 1-4/2015, to coincide with the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting scheduled in Omaha during that time. Approximate retail value of the Prize is $2,250. If winner cannot travel on specified dates, prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner, time permitting. Winner is responsible for payment of any taxes due as a result of acceptance of prize, as well as for all meals, beverages, transportation or other expenses or costs, not expressly listed above, as well as any incidental or personal expenses. Winner and any travel guest must have all documents necessary for travel. If winner or any guest is deemed a minor under the laws of his/her place of residence, all documents must be signed by a parent or legal guardian who must also accompany such person in any prize-related travel. No substitution, transfer or cash redemption of the Prize is permitted. No responsibility is assumed for any cancellation or postponement of the shareholders meeting or for any other events beyond Airbnb’s control; if the shareholders meeting does not take place, the prize may not be transferred to another shareholders meeting or exchanged for cash.