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Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky

Brian Joseph Chesky (born August 29, 1981) is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the hospitality exchange service Airbnb.


Brian Chesky is an American businessman and industrial designer. He is the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, an online peer-to-peer hospitality service for listing, searching, and booking rental accommodations. Chesky was born on August 29, 1981, in Niskayuna, New York and is the son of Deborah and Robert Chesky, who both worked as social workers. Chesky has one sibling, a younger sister by the name of Allison.


Having developed an interest in drawing landscape architecture and design, Chesky attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), starting in 1999 and graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design. It was at RISD where Chesky met future Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia.


After college, Chesky worked as an industrial designer and strategist at 3DID in Los Angeles, California. In 2007, he moved to San Francisco with his peer, Joe Gebbia, and they became roommates. In October of that year, Chesky and Gebbia decided to rent out space in their apartment during the Industrial Designers Society of America conference, when they discovered all hotels were booked and they were coming up short for that month's rent payment. So they purchased air mattresses and called the set up "Airbed and Breakfast." Chesky and Gebbia booked three guests on their first night.

In February of 2008, Nathan Blecharczyk, a Harvard grad and engineer, became the third founder of Airbnb. Chesky became the CEO of the company, and the trio began working on ideas for funding. They developed special-edition cereal boxes that featured presidential candidates and nabbed the attention of Y Combinator, which accepted Airbnb into its W09 accelerator batch.

Within its first year of operation, Airbnb went international, opening several Europe-based offices. In 2011, Chesky announced a 24-hour hotline, with an additional guarantee for theft and damages for hosts, after a stream of complaints about vandalism occurred on rental properties. In 2015, Chesky announced that Airbnb was an official sponsor of the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Summer Olympics, after over 120,000 people stayed with Airbnb during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

As of December of 2020, Airbnb had a valuation of $100 billion. Chesky led the company through its IPO on December 9, 2020, at $68 per share. The stock more than doubled its first day on the open market, with shares costing approximately $146 each by the end of its first day of trading.

Awards and accolades
  • Forbes list of America's Richest Entrepreneurs under 40—2015
  • TIME's 100 Most Influential People—2015
  • Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship, presented by President Barrack Obama—2015
  • Youngest Forbes 400—2016
  • Bay Area Executive of the Year, Business Times—2018


December 18, 2018
Brian Chesky is named Bay Area Executive of the Year.
October 3, 2018
Brian Chesky is named to Ten Youngest Billionaires On The Forbes 400 List.
August 17, 2017
Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Joe Gebbia are named in Forbes 40 under 40 list.
May 11, 2015
The White House announces that Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky is named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
April 16, 2015
Brian Chesky is named in Time Magazine's "The World's 100 Most Influential People" list.
October 2007
Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia found Airbnb.
August 29, 1981
Brian Chesky was born in Niskayuna.

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August 24, 2021
'The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time,' Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky said
August 24, 2021
Airbnb will pay for the stay of these refugees from Afghanistan, said CEO Brian Chesky.
Natasha Mascarenhas
May 29, 2021
A venture capitalist once told me candidly that whenever you see the phrase "democratization" in tech marketing material, think of it as a red flag. Democracy, generally speaking, often comes with an ironic caveat: It disproportionately benefits white and male participants. Now, you know me well enough to know that I wouldn't start off your [...]
Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business
May 25, 2021
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said travel demand is rebounding, but he doesn't expect business travel to ever return to the way it was before the pandemic.
Jordan Crook
May 25, 2021
TechCrunch sat down with Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and CEO, to discuss the future of travel and what it was like leading the world's biggest travel startup during a global pandemic.


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