Joe Gebbia

Co-founder & Head of Samara

Joe Gebbia is the co-founder of Airbnb. An entrepreneur from an early age, he is obsessed with igniting new ideas. Most people don’t know that Joe began his life as an artist eventually double majoring in graphic design and industrial design. Airbnb’s groundbreaking service began in his San Francisco living room and spread to nearly 7 million listings in more than 191 countries, changing how people trust each other. Currently, he leads Samara, Airbnb’s future orientated product development team. Joe has spoken globally about both entrepreneurship and design, and received numerous distinctions such as the Inc 30 under 30, and speaking at TED, Wired, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Airbnb was selected as one of the top 50 innovative companies by Fast Company, and company of the year by Inc. Joe loves to find opportunities to give back on the local and global level and has joined the Giving Pledge to commit more than half of his wealth to philanthropy. He’s already started by joining the TED Audacious project, setting up an endowed scholarship at his alma mater Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and many more.

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