My Experience with Starbnb, Lodging Rentals in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

December 29, 2015

11:00 am

The holiday season is a time for family, eating until you hit a food coma, and of course not nearly as much sleep as you’d like. With this in mind, I decided it was time for a very necessary weekend getaway, and decided to take a new travel lodging site for a spin. Starbnb is a new startup launched this month, and the site features lodging being rented out directly from their owners in a galaxy far, far away.

Interested in a small and cozy Tauntaun? How about an entire home on the beautiful planet of Alderaan*? Personally I’m not a fan of small spaces that smell like meat, so I opted for the weekend getaway at a treehouse retreat. Located on the small forested moon of Endor, and inhabited by Ewoks, Goraxs, and Yuzzum, Endor is also an incredibly tech hub, home to the Death Star’s shield generator and the immensely fun speeder bikes.

Arriving at my treehouse bungalow, I was greeted by the host, a small Ewok named Wicket. He seemed nice enough, but left quite a bit of fur behind. Overall the location is what I would call eco-friendly. The roof was fashioned from the surrounding leaves, the location requires a bit of climbing, and even an endless stretch of rope swings. Besides the serene environment, the neighboring crew was a bit noisy and building some sort of base and using large machinery. However, in the evenings, we ended up just drinking their local libations and hanging around the bonfire. On the last evening of our stay they even gathered up their house band and set off some fireworks.

Starbnb, parodying the growing startup Airbnb, is created by the Falls Church, VA creative studio Viget. Occasionally, the team will create strange or otherwise innovative ideas under the pen name Pointless Corp, an extension of the company outside of their client work. In an initial blog post describing why Viget occasionally works on projects under the Pointless Corp name, CEO and Cofounder Brian Williams describes it as a way to experiment, fail, learn, and grow.

“Pointless Projects themselves are far from pointless, though – they’re a chance for us to learn about technologies and processes, to grow and experiment with new ideas, to share and contribute to the web community, and to have fun working together in tight teams,” stated Williams.

The site was launched in preparation for the latest installment in the Star Wars series, which has now achieved the title of fastest film to achieve $1 billion in sales. Disney Studios purchased the Star Wars brand from LucasArts in 2012 for $4 billion, and plans to rollout many new films in the Star Wars universe. Leading up to Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Disney has branded everything imaginable in an effort to market the film. From orange to makeup, there is now a Star Wars branded everything.

At the time of writing, the home on Alderaan is no longer available.

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world and is often digging into emerging technology and data. When not writing, he's likely either running or training for a triathlon. You can contact him by email at elliot(@) or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

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