New York — Airbnb’s long-awaited Wall Street debut is officially earmarked for 2020, but the home-share start-up is charting an unconventional path to the public markets.

San Francisco-based Airbnb is laying the groundwork for a direct listing rather than an initial public offering (IPO), according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named discussing private information. Airbnb declined to comment...

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