- Eye Opening
Early in 2020, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky came back from vacation thinking his company was prospering; he was preparing to take it public. Then, over the course of two chaotic months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s revenue dropped 80%. People thought Airbnb was over. But Chesky – in this discussion on Reid Hoffman’s Masters of Scale podcast – says he recognized that a crisis of this magnitude was an opportunity to step up and demonstrate the company’s values. Not only did Airbnb survive, but 2020’s dark times proved defining and successful. Airbnb now has a valuation of more than $100 billion.
About the Podcast
Brian Chesky is co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. Reid Hoffman, host of the Masters of Scale podcast, is co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, a venture capitalist and an author.