SurveyMonkey’s Goldberg, Joyus’s Cassidy and Airbnb’s Chesky on Silicon Valley Innovation: The Full AsiaD Interview (Video)

A trio of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs give their take on its culture and commerce, and how they’re trying to export that as they venture into Asian markets.


CEO and Co-Founder

Brian Chesky, CEO and Co-founder of Airbnb, the popular online vacation rental site recently got a huge dose of funding and an equally large amount of controversy. How Airbnb can take the company to the next level, including across the world, while dealing with the kinds of challenges the small management team has to face will be an interesting topic for discussion.

Posts With Brian Chesky

Filling Out Its Executive Team, Airbnb Hires Operations and HR Heads

Airbnb has hired Varsha Rao as head of global operations, and Mark Levy as head of employee experience.
Varsha Rao and Mark Levy

Airbnb Launches New Host Tools, in Bid to Be Known for Its Hospitality

While being careful not to imply that they currently do a bad job, Airbnb is now giving hosts a set of new tools and best practices.
Airbnb's host tools now include groups for them to swap tips.

News Byte

Airbnb Fights New York Subpoena of User Data

Airbnb just got itself and one of its hosts out of a legal jam in New York City, but late on Friday the company was subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in an effort to obtain user data that might indicate illegal rental activity. “[T]his demand is unreasonably broad and we will fight it with everything we’ve got,” the company said. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky had tried to fend off regulators in advance with a blog post last week, but he did not make any major concessions. The company said it has 15,000 hosts in the city, and 225,000 members.

Airbnb Now Wants to Check Your Government ID

Airbnb is about to take a very big bet against anonymity.

News Byte

Payments Startup Balanced Raises $2 Million

Balanced, a startup that focuses on bringing payments systems to network-based companies like Airbnb and Kickstarter, announced Tuesday that it raised $2 million in venture capital. Andreessen Horowitz participated in the round, along with CollabFund and a number of current and former Facebook employees. The ten-person startup had already raised $1.4 million in funds from Ashton Kutcher, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, among others.

To VC or Not to VC: Former Square COO Rabois Leaning Toward Khosla Ventures Job

A Silicon Valley choice.

With Neighborhoods and Local Lounges, Airbnb Becomes a Fodor’s for Travel Booking

Two new features for the travel-based accommodation service are showing off the site’s larger ambitions.

Airbnb Redesign Turns Site Into Airbnb Magazine

Airbnb today is redesigning its homepage and iPhone app to help people explore its inventory of places to stay.

Airbnb’s Skyrocketing Growth Includes Four Million Nights Booked in 2011

Travelers have used Airbnb to book a total of five million guest nights over the past four years, staying in spare bedrooms and empty homes around the world.