Airbnb Is Finally Mainstream, But CEO Brian Chesky Wants More
We Sit Down With The 36-year-old Founder And Ceo To See What The Future Holds For Airbnb
It's rare to get 20 minutes of one-on-one time with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. He's a little busy these days, simultaneously reinventing the hotel, home rental, and travel industry. And when you do get to face off at company HQ in San Francisco, he may spend half of that time grilling you about Airbnb. How much time do you spend writing about hotels versus online travel agents? How did you end up covering Airbnb? He may even pitch you on Airbnb Beyond, their new luxe travel agency that finds the highest caliber properties and plans experiences around them.
Below is a full transcript of our conversation in late February, when Chesky talked about a business built around trusting strangers, and the most overlooked—and underrated—part of Airbnb.