Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told me in an interview for “Nerdshala on HBO” that the biggest risk to Big Tech is that “the world is against them.”
running news: “They don’t think They have society’s interest on their side,” said Chesky, whose unicorn startup is based in San Francisco.
we talked about an hour Just outside of town in Marin County, one of 3,000 treehouses you can rent on Airbnb with igloos, boats, castles—and, in Idaho, a potato.
In an extensive interview, I asked Chesky about all the funding that big investors threw at Adam Newman, the co-founder and former CEO of the now disgraced WeWork.
- “When I came to Silicon Valley,” Chesky replied, “Probably there was a lack of skepticism about the entire industry. And it can be helpful to a point — if you live in a totally skeptical world, it’s hard to accept new ideas.”
- “But the world without a doubt There can be some major losses. I think the lesson is… we have to doubt things a little bit more, maybe a little earlier. “
so how are people so rich Get seduced by tech dreamers?
- Chesky told For fear of looking stupid: When his company – then called Airbed & Breakfast – was Established In 2007, “You gave us $150,000, you could own 10% of this company. And many people said no. In fact, almost everyone I met, no.”
- “So I guess it’s always Culture where people… totally swing for the fence. There is a fear of missing them. Maybe they were successful. They are pattern-recognized. They’re like: This person reminds me of something else that was successful. And if you’re not skeptical enough it can get you in a bit of trouble.”
I asked Chesky About the discrimination against black travelers plaguing the platform.
- “Four or five years ago, It was actually related to the hashtag that was trending on Twitter… #AirbnbWhileBlack,” he recalled.
That’s why Airbnb was put up a community commitmentof hosts and guests, regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age, to promise to treat everyone in the Airbnb community “without judgment or prejudice” the wanted.
- “1.3 million people Decided not to do that,” Chesky said. “And we kicked them all off site.”
Disclosure: Kim Kingsley, an Airbnb executive, is a board member of Nerdshala.