Episode 119 of Down to Business podcast
The travel industry has been irreversibly transformed by the pandemic, in ways that are already apparent and in others that have yet to materialize.
This week on Down to Business features Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb.
One weekend in 2007, Chesky and his roommate blew up a few air mattresses and opened their San Francisco apartment to guests seeking lodging. They called it Airbnb and the business model quickly caught on.
Before the pandemic started, Airbnb was on the verge of an initial public offering on the Nasdaq, but when borders shut down and travel stopped, the future of their company was suddenly and unexpectedly in question.
Chesky talked about his up and down experience during the past 18 months — managing a travel company, living alone, eventually taking his Airbnb public on Zoom, and also his company’s impact on cities, housing and much more.