Brian Chesky

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Brian Chesky
Brian Chesky.jpg
Chesky in December 2011
Born Brian Joseph Chesky
(1981-08-29) August 29, 1981 (age 35)
Niskayuna, New York, U.S.
Residence San Francisco, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A.)
Occupation CEO and Co-founder of Airbnb
Net worth Increase US$3.3 billion (November 2015)[1]
Parent(s) Deborah and Robert H. Chesky
Relatives Allison Chesky (sister)

Brian Joseph Chesky (born August 29, 1981) is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the hospitality exchange service Airbnb. Chesky is the CEO of the company and was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People of 2015".

Early life and education[edit]

Brian Chesky was born on August 29, 1981 in Niskayuna, New York. He is the son of Deborah and Robert H. Chesky;[2] his parents were both social workers.[3][4] He has a younger sister, Allison.[3] As a child, Chesky was interested in art, drawing replicas of paintings, and design, redesigning shoes and toys.[3] He later became interested in landscape architecture and design.[citation needed]

In 1999, Chesky started attending the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Industrial Design in 2004. During his time at RISD, Chesky met Joe Gebbia, who would later be one of the co-founders of Airbnb.[5]


After college, Chesky worked as an industrial designer and strategist at 3DID, Inc. in Los Angeles.[5] He later moved to San Francisco, where he shared an apartment with Gebbia. In October 2007, the Industrial Designers Society of America was hosting a conference in San Francisco and all hotel rooms were booked.[6][7] The pair could not afford rent for the month and decided to rent their apartment for money.[8] They purchased three air mattresses and marketed this idea as "Airbed and Breakfast", with three guests staying the first night.[9][10][11]

In February 2008, Harvard graduate and technical architect Nathan Blecharczyk became the third co-founder of Airbnb.[12] Each co-founder assumed a role within the new company, with Chesky becoming the leader and chief executive officer.[3] In order to receive funding, Chesky and his co-founders created special-edition cereals called "Obama O’s" and "Cap'n McCains", based on Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Impressed by the cereal boxes, Y Combinator accepted Airbnb into its seed funding program.[13] In its first year, the company began internationalizing and opened several offices in Europe.[14] In 2011, Chesky wrote a letter on behalf of the company for its handling of a resident complaint about tenant vandalism by announcing a 24-hour hotline, additional staff support and a guarantee for theft or vandalism.[15] In 2015, Chesky announced that Airbnb was an official sponsor of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He said that more than 120,000 people had stayed in Airbnb homes during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[16] As of March 2015, Airbnb has a $20 billion valuation.[17]

On June 1, 2016, Chesky joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates' 'The Giving Pledge', a select group of billionaires who have committed to give the majority of their wealth away.[18]


In 2015, Chesky was recognized on the Forbes list of America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40.[19] Chesky was recognized on TIME's 100 Most Influential People for 2015.[20] In May 2015, President Obama named Chesky as an Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship.[21] He was also named in the Youngest Forbes 400 list in 2016.[22]


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  2. ^ "Harry Chesky Obituary". Albany Times Union. October 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Fortune: "The education of Airbnb’s Brian Chesky" by Leigh Gallagher July 1, 2015
  4. ^ Cohen, Anne (April 16, 2015). "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amy Schumer and Bibi Make Time 100 List". Forward. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Bryant, Adam (11 October 2014). "Brian Chesky of Airbnb, on Scratching the Itch to Create". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Carr, Austin (17 March 2014). "Inside Airbnb's Grand Hotel Plans". Fast Company. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Geron, Tomio (11 February 2013). "Airbnb And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy". Forbes. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Friedman, Thomas L. (20 July 2013). "Welcome to the ‘Sharing Economy’". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Brown Ekiel, Erika. "The Entrepreneur QuestionnaireL Brian Chesky, Co-Founderv and CEO of Airbnb". Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Helm, Burt (December 2014). "Airbnb Is Inc.'s 2014 Company of the Year". Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Exchanging Hospitality With Brian Chesky". Eyerys. June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs". Bloomberg Business Week. 
  13. ^ Fairweather, Alistair. "Brian Chesky: The homeless entrepreneur". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Bradshaw, Tim. "Airbnb Moves "Aggressively" into Europe". Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sleazy Airbnb Is 'Very Sorry' For Wrecking Your Apartment". Gawker Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Kashdan, Jason (22 April 2015). "Airbnb CEO on global expansion and legal pushback". CBS News. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Jason, Klampet. "Airbnb's New $1 Billion Funding Would Value It At $20 Billion". Skift. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Airbnb Cofounders Join Buffett and Gates' 'Giving Pledge'". Fortune. June 1, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ "40 Under 40". Forbes. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  20. ^ Ive, Jonathan (16 April 2015). "TIME 100 Pioneers: Brian Chesky". TIME. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  21. ^ Brayton, Jenna (11 May 2015). "The White House Celebrates Entrepreneurs Around the World". The White House Blog. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  22. ^ Vinton, Kate. "Brian Chesky - pg.9". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-23.