Airbnb's CEO Plans to Disrupt More Than Just the Hotel Industry

Brian Chesky is our Digital Executive of the Year

In the span of eight years, Brian Chesky has taken an air mattress in San Francisco and blown it up into a multi-billion dollar business—only with much nicer beds.

Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, has rapidly disrupted the powerful and highly regulated hotel industry while empowering millions of people to open their apartments, homes and tree houses to guests they’ve never met. In less than a decade since its founding in 2008, Airbnb has become one of the most valuable private companies in the world, and with $1 billion more raised this month and a potential IPO in sight for next year, it seems Airbnb has every intention of increasing its curb appeal.

Airbnb created a Trips app for planning travel to restaurants and events.


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This story first appeared in the March 20, 2017, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.