Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia steps down as operator
Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia is leaving his full-time operating role with the company to pursue new ventures, including “a complementary product to Airbnb.”
“The main reason for this transition is that it’s the only company I’ve ever helped create, and my brain is brimming with ideas to bring to the world. My first new venture is a startup called parenting, where I will play the role of dad,” Gebbia explains in an email sent to employees.
“The others involve an Airbnb add-on product, documentary filmmaking, and various philanthropic initiatives. I look forward to sharing more on this with you soon.
Gebbia, Brian Chesky and Nate Blecharczyk founded Airbnb out of their San Francisco apartment in 2008.
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While stepping back from day-to-day operations, Gebbia says he will continue to provide information to Chesky and Blecharczyk, attend stakeholder committee meetings, and serve on the board of Airbnb and its foundation. , Airbnb.org.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to call Joe one of my best friends since our freshman year together at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). With Nate, the three of us have built an unbreakable bond that has helped us getting through our early days at Y-Combinator, navigating the depths of the pandemic, and building a global community of hosts and guests. What I’m most grateful for is that the three of us – Joe, Nate and I – are still together, still meeting every Sunday. We built a dream together. And now, even after all these years, we continue to dream,” Chesky says.
And says Blecharczyk, “One of the things about the way Brian, Joe and I work together is that we approach a problem from different angles and come up with different solutions. We have learned that our different perspectives, especially when integrated into a holistic solution, can be very powerful. The three of us had a lot of fun building Airbnb together, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Joe, as a board member, shareholder, co-founder, and friend, to build an Airbnb. bigger and better.
Airbnb has become one of the largest travel agencies in the world, with revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter of this yearup 80% compared to the first quarter of 2019 before the pandemic and before its listing on the public markets at the end of 2020.