PAGE Video Series: Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky, co-founder of Airbnb, believes that “the idea of an entrepreneur means to be empowered, to be able to create your own destiny, and to create the kind of world you want to live in.”

Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world, and it provides interesting ways for people to travel, and changes the lives of its home communities. The marketplace now includes the country of Cuba, which has nearly doubled its Airbnb locations in the span of 40 days. Under Chesky’s entrepreneurial leadership, Airbnb stands at the forefront of the sharing economy, and has expanded to over 1,000,000 listings in 190 countries. Even with this success, Chesky still constantly strives to find new ways to propel his company’s vision, strategy and growth forward. 

Brian Chesky’s passion for exposing others to entrepreneurship, especially on a global scale, led the Obama administration to select him as a new member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative. His signature initiative will work to expand Cuba’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by increasing Internet literacy; promoting practical education in areas including photography art, and marketing; and introducing online payment systems to support Cuban entrepreneurs. Additionally, Airbnb will provide lodging and meeting-space opportunities at global gatherings and events for entrepreneurs to enhance collaboration and partnerships.

Watch Brian Chesky talk about his recent work in Cuba in collaboration with PAGE here.