Chip Conley

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Chip Conley
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Chip Conley
Born (1960-10-31) October 31, 1960 (age 55)
Orange, California, U.S.
Alma mater Stanford University[1]
Occupation Author, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Fest300,[2] Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy,[3] Everfest Chief Strategy Officer [4]

Chip Conley (born October 31, 1960, in Orange, California) is an American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author, and speaker. Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he began in 1987 at age 26 and held the position of CEO for nearly 24 years. In 2010, after having created and managed 50 boutique hotels mostly in California, Conley sold his company to Geolo Capital.[5] The last hotel concept he created for the company is The Epiphany in Palo Alto.[6] As of February 2014, Conley remains a private owner in more than a dozen hotel properties and no longer has an operating role in the company.

Conley spoke at the annual TED conference in 2010[7] on creating a business model driven by our need for meaning as outlined by Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and as presented in his book Peak: How Great Companies Get their Mojo from Maslow.[8] Conley’s other books include The Rebel Rules: Daring to Be Yourself in Business;[9] Marketing that Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business and Change the World;[10] and Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success in Business + in Life.[11]

In 2013, Conley became Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for Airbnb.[12] and founded Fest300.[13] At Airbnb, he was asked by the three young founders to help evolve the company into a hospitality company with more than one million hosts in 191 countries.[14] Conley worked closely with CEO Brian Chesky as a mentor and helped to build a bridge to the travel, hotel, and real estate/development/landlord industries.[15] He is also the leader of the annual Airbnb Open, the company's iconic hospitality conference that brought 5,000 hosts from 110 countries to Paris in the fall of 2015 and will be held in Los Angeles, California in 2016.[16]

In 2016, Fest300 was acquired by Everfest, with Conley joining the Everfest leadership team as Chief Strategy Officer on a part-time basis.[4]

Community activism[edit]

Conley is the founder of San Francisco’s annual Celebrity Pool Toss fundraiser, which has raised millions for inner city families in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, where his first hotel, the Phoenix, is located.[17] And he created the annual Hotel Hero Awards that celebrate line-level hospitality staff for the work they do daily.[18] He served on the Glide Memorial Board for nearly a decade[19] and is now on the Boards of the Burning Man Project[20] and the Esalen Institute.[21]



Graduated from the PACE program at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Received his BA in 1982 and an MBA in 1984 from Stanford University.[22] Holds an honorary doctorate from Saybrook University.[23]


  • Northern California Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year[24]
  • Bay Area's Most Innovative CEO[25]
  • ISHC Pioneer Award[26]
  • GLIDE Cecil Williams Legacy Award[27]


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  4. ^ a b Calnan, Chris (2016-09-20). "Austin online festival hub buys San Francisco-based competitor". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Hyatt Heir Checks Back Into Hotel Industry", Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2010
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  7. ^ "Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile". TEDTalks. June 21, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
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