“Never assume you can’t do something. Push yourself to redefine the boundaries.”
Brian Chesky
Brian Chesky
co-founder & CEO of Airbnb

Brian Chesky Quotes on Company & Product:

I used to joke that when you buy an iPhone, Steve Jobs didn’t come and sleep on your couch but I did.

There’s a number of things the CEO does but what you mostly do is articulate the vision.

Brand is really the connection of you with your customers.

Your brand evangelists are your employees.

Brand is really the promise outside the company that everyone identifies with.

All the founding stories of your company, end up becoming the things that people repeat and talk about when you’re a thousand people.

If we were successful, there were going to be a 1000 people just like him or her in the company.

I kind of felt like your first engineer was like bringing in DNA into your company.

It would be a tragedy to outlive your child – also I felt it would be a tragedy for us to outlive our company & just watch it rise & fall.

Think about it this way – if your company is like your child — a parent wants his child to outlive him or her.

It doesn’t matter how great your original product or idea is, if you can’t build a great company, then your product will not endure.

Founders are like parents and the company’s the child.

“Repetition doesn’t create memories. New experiences do.”

Brian Chesky Quotes on Culture:

Culture is a thousand things, a thousand times. It’s living the core values when you hire; when you write an email; when you are working on a project; when you are walking in the hall.

Culture makes you hire people slowly and makes you deliberate about decisions that in the near term, can slow progress.

The culture is what creates the foundation for all future innovation. If you break the culture, you break the machine that creates your products.

Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with passion.

There’s no such thing as a good or bad culture, it’s either a strong or weak culture. And a good culture for somebody else may not be a good culture for you.

The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial.

Having a clear mission and making sure you know that mission and making sure that mission comes through the company is probably the most important thing you can do for both culture and values.

A company’s culture is the foundation for future innovation. An entrepreneur’s job is to build the foundation.

Culture is so incredibly important because it is the foundation for all future innovation. People with passion can change the world.

Somebody asked me ‘What’s the job of a CEO’, and there’s a number of things a CEO does. What you mostly do is articulate the vision, develop the strategy, and you gotta hire people to fit the culture. If you do those three things, you basically have a company. And that company will hopefully be successful, if you have the right vision, the right strategy, and good people.

The biggest problem with culture is that it doesn’t pay off in the short term.



Brian Chesky is an American technology entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, a peer to peer lodging service.

In 2007, Chesky and Gebbia, his roommate and co-founder at Airbnb, were going through a financial crunch. At the same time, the Industrial Designers Society of America was hosting a conference in San Francisco and all hotel rooms were booked. Chesky and Gebbia decided to rent their apartment for some extra money. They arranged three air mattresses, marketed this idea as “Airbed and Breakfast”. Three guests stayed with them the first night.

In an announcement in 2015, Chesky said more than 120,000 people had stayed in Airbnb homes during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Airbnb was one of the official sponsor of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In June 2016, Chesky joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates’ ‘The Giving Pledge’, a select group of billionaires who have committed to give the majority of their wealth away.

In 2015, Barack Obama named him as an Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship. The same year, he was listed in Forbes America’s Richest Entrepreneur Under 40 and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015.