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From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


Maybe Information Actually Doesn’t Want to Be Free

Jessica Lessin’s online tech publication costs $399 a year and has no ads. Silicon Valley’s elite is eating it up.
Tags: Jobs, News, Entrepreneurship, Newspapers, Harvard University, EK, Venture Capital, Mergers, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian, 21st Century Fox, Wall Street Journal, Freedom Of The Press, Financial Times, Zuckerberg


As Airbnb prepares to go public, here are the five things things investors will be focused on

Airbnb announced last September that it plans to go public in 2020 in what will be one of the most highly anticipated IPOs of the year. Founded in 2008, Airbnb has gone from renting out air mattresses to a global travel company last valued by private investors at $31 billion. But after a year of startups failing to impress investors and WeWork's disastrous IPO attempt, Airbnb could face more intense scrutiny. Investors will be paying attention to Airbnb's profits (or losses), marketing ...
Tags: Google, California, Ipo, Trends, New Orleans, Miami, Airbnb, WeWork, Tripadvisor, Brian Chesky, Phocuswright, Rinne, EBITDA, Chesky, Uber Lyft, Mahaney


Here are all the companies Airbnb has acquired to help it grow into a $31 billion business

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has gone from a startup renting air matresses to a multi-billion dollar global travel company. After a wave of lukewarm receptions for tech IPOs last year, Airbnb announced its own plans to brave the public markets in 2020.  Investors wil be taking a close look at the company's reported losses, but also at its past acquisitions and how they will play into Airbnb's strategy going forward. Here's a list of all the companies Airbnb has bought up over the past twel...
Tags: Facebook, UK, London, Germany, Softbank, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Paris, Reddit, Airbnb, Montreal, Vanity Fair, HotelTonight, Brian Chesky, Hamburg


Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson is leaving the company next year

Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson notified employees of her impending departure next March, CNBC first reported. Airbnb has since confirmed the news, saying Johnson will remain involved with the company on its board of directors. Her last day as COO will be March 1, 2020. News of Johnson stepping down comes as Airbnb gears up to make its initial public offering next year. In September, the company announced it hit more than $1 billion in revenue in Q2 2019. Airbnb says it has also been EBITDA profitabl...
Tags: Startups, Airbnb, Johnson, Cnbc, Brian Chesky, EBITDA, Chesky, Belinda, Personnel, Belinda Johnson


Why Barbie, a Blimp and a Wienermobile Are Posting on Airbnb

The home-sharing platform has offered several novelty lodging opportunities lately, like a stay in Barbie’s mansion or a night in the Goodyear blimp. They earn headlines, and that’s the point.
Tags: England, News, Social Media, New York Times, Airbnb, Brian, Barbie, Mattel Inc, Goodyear, Chesky, Advertising and Marketing, Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Travel and Vacations, Downton Abbey (TV Program, Barbie (Doll, Oscar Mayer Foods Corp


These are dogs of some of the most powerful executives in Silicon Valley, from Mark Zuckerberg to Travis Kalanick

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the owner of an adorable fluffy dog named Beast, but he isn't the only tech executive with a furry friend. Studies show that dogs can help reduce stress levels and boost productivity, so they make ideal companions for tech moguls running billion dollar companies. These are some of the most powerful dogs in Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With company cultures that celebrate—and even encourage —employees bringing their dogs ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Long, David, Alaska, New York Times, Zynga, Marvin, Reddit


Google’s Foldable Pixel Phone Could Be This Wild Triptych

Google has patented a method to fold a phone in two and three parts, the latter in a Z-shape triptych. It’s the last of many evidence pieces that show that the Mountain View company is working on foldable Pixels.Z-shape foldable phone concept. Credit: Chesky/ShutterstockWhile there’s no guarantee that these products will see the light, it’s clear that Google is pushing hard for what it believes is the future of mobile computing. Perhaps its engineers have been binging on Westworld way too much, ...
Tags: Google, News, Samsung, Cupertino, Pixel, Chesky, Eldar Murtazin, GoogleGoogle, Mountain View company, Murtazin


Airbnb poaches Amazon exec as its new CFO as the $31 billion startup preps for IPO

Airbnb, which is poised to go public in the second half of 2019, has a new chief financial officer. Dave Stephenson joined Airbnb after 17 years at Amazon. He replaces Laurence Tosi, who left the CFO role in February after reportedly disagreeing with CEO Brian Chesky over the future of the company. Airbnb has a new chief financial officer, the company announced Monday. Dave Stephenson, whose spent the last 17 years at Amazon, joins the startup more than nine months after Laurence Tosi left th...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Airbnb, Twilio, Brian Chesky, Stephenson, Chesky, Tosi, Dave Stephenson, Laurence Tosi, Ann Mather, CFO of Amazon


Amazon exec Dave Stephenson tapped to lead Airbnb to the public markets

Airbnb has completed a much-needed hire ahead of its rumored 2019 initial public offering. The hospitality giant has brought on Dave Stephenson, a long-time Amazon vice president and former president of Big Fish Games, as its chief financial officer. Stephenson replaces the company’s head of global financial planning and analysis, Ellie Mertz, who served as interim head of finance as Airbnb searched for its former CFO Laurence Tosi’s replacement. Tosi, who had previously led finance at The Bl...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Amazon Prime, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Brian Chesky, Blackstone Group, Stephenson, EBITDA, Greeley, Chesky, Tosi


Start Your Own Airbnb In The UK

For young aspiring entrepreneurs at the drawing table trying to discover what you’re passionate about, you will most likely agree that being your own boss, making your own hours, setting your own rules, and living on “easy street” is the primary objective. But the fact of the matter is, running a startup is more than being your own boss, the hours you will work will be insane, the industry you choose makes the rules, and there is nothing easy about it. And if you thought that launching a trendy...
Tags: Startups, UK, San Francisco, Paypal, Manchester, Airbnb, Brian, Kent, Homejoy, Brian Chesky, Western Union, Others, Forbes, San Fran, Chesky, Adora Cheung


Successful Brand Cultures Live Their Beliefs

“There is a job and then there is a calling. We want to hire people who aren’t just looking for jobs, they’re looking for a calling.” ~ Brian Chesky, Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer, and Head of Community, Airbnb. There’s a story Brian Chesky tells about meeting with Peter Thiel, the well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist. It was 2012, Airbnb’s fourth year in business, and Thiel had just granted $150 million in Series C financing to the ambitious peer-to-peer house-sharing brand crea...
Tags: Eric Holder, San Francisco, Atlantic, Harvard University, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Branding, Miller, Mark Miller, Chesky, Thiel, McGraw Hill Education, Brand Culture, Joe Gebbia


Airbnb is bringing on new CTO from Google

Ahead of Airbnb’s expected initial public offering sometime within the next two years, the accommodation rental business has brought on a new chief technology officer. Aristotle Balogh, formerly Google’s VP of engineering, application storage, indexing and serving, is starting at Airbnb in mid-November. Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk previously served as the company’s CTO up until January 2017 when he became chief strategy officer. Since then, Airbnb VP of Engineering Michael Curtis was...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Cto, Mike, Curtis, Chesky, Ari, Tosi, Balogh, Nathan Blecharczyk, Belinda Johnson, Michael Curtis, Laurence Tosi


Can Airbnb Concerts And Sofar Sounds Revolutionize The Live Concert Industry?

After establishing itself as a huge success in the travel industry, Airbnb is now looking at expanding its services into the live music space by partnering with Sofar Sounds to offer guests "Music Experiences". _____________________ Guest post by Chi Zhan from the Berklee College of Music: Music Business Journal Airbnb Concerts Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb has gone from three air mattresses and broke roommates to a company valued at more than $30 billion. Having chang...
Tags: Music, London, San Francisco, Live, Guest Post, Sydney, Concert, Airbnb, Joe Zadeh, Music Business, Live & Touring, James Beshara, Chesky, Berklee College, San Francisco Airbnb, D.I.Y


Airbnb is in a price war with Booking.com, and taking advantage of that fact can save you a ton of money

Home-rental service Airbnb is now directly competing with travel booking sites like Booking.com, Expedia, and others, as all of the sites have both traditional hotel listings and non-traditional apartment and home listings on their platforms. As the companies' strategies for growth converge, I've observed that more and more rental listings can be found on multiple sites, often with wildly divergent pricing due to different fee structures and pricing algorithms. Save yourself a ton of money on ...
Tags: US, Jerusalem, Trends, Airbnb, Expedia, Brian Chesky, Belize, Lisbon Portugal, JERUSALEM Israel, Chesky, Skift, HomeAway VRBO, Bairro Alto, Glenn Fogel, Booking Holdings, Airbnb Booking com Expedia


How Airbnb went from renting air beds for $10 to a $30 billion hospitality behemoth

Happy 10th anniversary Airbnb. When we first wrote about the company a decade ago, it was a spare website cobbled together by its founders for the low low price of $20,000. AirBed And Breakfast Takes Pad Crashing To A Whole New Level In the years since, the marketplace Airbnb created has radically transformed the rental landscape in cities, created an entirely new hospitality market and surged to a valuation of roughly $31 billion. We researched the number of airbeds sold every year ...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Y Combinator, New York, Obama, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Economy, Andreessen, Culture, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, Denver


Airbnb Is the New NATO

The nation state is trumpeted. The nation state is redundant.
Tags: News, Social Media, Airbnb, Brian, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Facebook Inc, Chesky, Computers and the Internet, New NATO


Airbnb CEO said company will ‘be ready to IPO next year’ but might not

Airbnb brings in billions of dollars of revenue annually and is profitable on an EBITDA basis, so many wonder if and when the home-sharing company will go public. At the Code Conference today, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the company will “be ready to IPO next year, but I don’t know if we will.” He added that he wants to make sure it’s a major benefit to the company when Airbnb does go public. Following some more probing, Chesky said he has “no issues with [going public] at all. It could happ...
Tags: New York, Collaborative Consumption, San Francisco, Tech, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Chesky, Code Conference, Airbnb Experiences


Travel News: April 19, 2018

Airbnb just opened an ‘Office of Healthy Tourism’ Engadget In a bid to counteract tourist saturation in major cities around the world, Airbnb is opening a new global Office of Healthy Tourism. The move is designed to bring the economic benefits of tourism to small businesses and local residents in destinations off the beaten track, while lessening the burden on popular holiday hotspots. The office will be tasked with finding new ways to use technology to create new travel destinations, and will...
Tags: Travel, China, Africa, Italy, Dubai, Airbnb, Associated Press, Fast Company, United, Cunard, Gulf, News And Deals, Elizabeth, DUBAI United Arab Emirates, Andrew Nocella, Chesky


Travel News: February 26, 2018

Atlantis resort opens in China Travel Weekly China’s first Atlantis Resort has opened on Hainan Island, featuring the Ambassador Lagoon, the world’s largest open-air aquarium. The 1,314-room Atlantis Sanya has five suites and one restaurant that are “underwater,” meaning that they feature floor-to-ceiling windows that look into the Ambassador Lagoon. The resort also features the two-story Lost Chambers Aquarium, the twisting water slides of Aquaventure Waterpark, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Ki...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Usa, Washington, US, Chicago, Gordon Ramsay, Customs, Brian Chesky, News And Deals, Trump, Rahm Emanuel, Border Protection, Chicago Tribune, Washington Examiner, Chesky


Airbnb made $93 million in profit on $2.6 billion in revenue, but an internal clash sent the CFO out the door

Airbnb is profitable, making almost $100 million in profit last year on $2.6 billion in revenue. But last week, its CFO resigned, the company announced.  At the same time the CEO announced that the company would not go public in 2018. It all signals an internal clash that sent the CFO for the door. Airbnb had a very good 2017. It blew by its own internal forecasts to bring in $93 million in profit on $2.6 billion in revenue, reports Bloomberg's Olivia Zaleski. But an internal war between cof...
Tags: Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Morgan Stanley, Brian Chesky, Board, Valley, Chesky, Tosi, Zaleski, Waymo, Olivia Zaleski, SoftBank SoftBank, Laurence Tosi, Blackstone Group CFO


Airbnb made $93 million in profit on $2.6 billion in revenue, but an internal showdown with the CFO has put an IPO on pause

Airbnb is profitable, making almost $100 million in profit last year on $2.6 billion in revenue. But last week, its CFO resigned, the company announced.  At the same time the CEO announced that the company would not go public in 2018. It all signals an internal clash that sent the CFO for the door. Airbnb had a very good 2017. It blew by its own internal forecasts to bring in $93 million in profit on $2.6 billion in revenue, reports Bloomberg's Olivia Zaleski. But an internal war between cof...
Tags: Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Morgan Stanley, Brian Chesky, Board, Valley, Chesky, Tosi, Zaleski, Waymo, Olivia Zaleski, SoftBank SoftBank, Laurence Tosi, Blackstone Group CFO


Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi is out

 Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi is leaving the company, Airbnb announced today. This comes shortly after The Information reported there were some tensions brewing between Chesky and Tosi over the future of the company. In a blog post, Airbnb said Tosi “has decided to dedicate his full time and energy to his investment fund, Weston Capital Partners, and dedicate time to the several external… Read More
Tags: TC, Ipo, Tech, Airbnb, Cfo, Chesky, Tosi, Laurence Tosi, Weston Capital Partners


In a cryptic letter, Airbnb's CEO announces a new board member — and that it's now an 'infinite company'

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Thursday published a letter to the Airbnb community. Outgoing American Express CEO Ken Chenault will be joining Airbnb's board of directors. The letter seems intended to define Airbnb's vision for the future, but is full of vague, cryptic language. He describes Airbnb as an 'infinite company' with an 'infinite time horizon.' " This is the magical world of Airbnb," Chesky writes. "We will probably never fully realize this vision, but we will die trying." Airbnb is ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, American Express, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Simon Sinek, Simon, Ken, Chesky, Ken Chenault, Sinek, Chenault, Outgoing American Express, Airbnb Chesky


Why Airbnb Keeps Winning at Hospitality

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. Where does Airbnb get off? Seriously. Late last year, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky used Twitter to engage in a lengthy dialogue with customers about where Airbnb might be heading as a company. Why should you care? Well, because that conversation started with a simple question from Chesky: "If @Airbnb could launch anything in 2017, what would it be?" If @Airbnb could launch anything in 2017, what would it be? — Brian Chesky (@bche...
Tags: Facebook, Seo, Hilton, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Brian Chesky, Hospitality Marketing Link Digest, Tim, Facebook And Instagram, Tim Peter, Chesky, Hotel News Now, Hospitality Marketing Link Digest Expedia, Caplin, Geraldine Caplin


What you need to know in advertising today

The chief executives of Merck, Intel, and Under Armour resigned Monday from a White House advisory panel on manufacturing after President Donald Trump's initial failure to explicitly condemn a white-supremacist rally. The resignations came as criticism grew over Trump's slow response to the weekend demonstration, which ended in bloodshed when man identified by authorities as a suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing one and wounding 19. To rea...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Shonda Rhimes, White House, US, Trends, Godaddy, Intel, Snapchat, Netflix, Pandora, Airbnb, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Sling TV, Brian Chesky


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Marcus Hutchins, the British researcher who stopped the WannaCry attack, has pleaded not guilty to six charges of creating the Kronos malware. Hutchins appeared in a Milwaukee court on Monday to enter his plea, and will remain in the US until his trial. 2. Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has said he's "baffled" about being sued by a company investor. Kalanick, who is being sued by Benchmark Capital for alleged fra...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, Germany, Milwaukee, US, Trends, Godaddy, Intel, Snapchat, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Donald Trump, Kalanick, Charlottesville


The CEO of Airbnb starts each morning with a simple but effective twist on the standard to-do list

Brian Chesky needs to be ruthlessly efficient with his time. Chesky is the CEO of Airbnb, now valued at $31 billion, and he's currently overseeing its transformation into a full-blown travel service. That process starts each morning with his simple but effective twist on the standard to-do list. Chesky explained his technique to Greylock investor and LinkedIn founder and chairman Reid Hoffman for an episode of Hoffman's podcast "Masters of Scale." Make a list of everything you want to accomplis...
Tags: Navy, Trends, Linkedin, Reid Hoffman, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Greylock, Shark Tank, Tim Ferriss, Hoffman, Barbara Corcoran, Chesky


The fabulous life of Airbnb's Brian Chesky, one of the youngest and richest tech founders in America

Brian Chesky didn't know much about tech before starting Airbnb. The 35-year-old CEO majored in industrial design in college and dabbled in hockey and bodybuilding in his 20s. But now, he's grown an idea that stemmed from overbooked hotels into a multibillion-dollar startup — and has become one of Silicon Valley's key players in the process. Here's how the upstate New York native became one of the richest young tech founders in America.SEE ALSO: Airbnb is reportedly creating a fancier service fo...
Tags: New York, America, Trends, Nike, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Albany, Brian Chesky, Chesky, NISKAYUNA, Rhode Island School of Design, Fortune See, Fortune Chesky


Airbnb host hit with $5,000 fine for canceling on an Asian guest over her race

An Airbnb host has been fined $5,000 for abruptly cancelling on an Asian guest, because of the guest's race. The host, Tami Barker, is now permanently barred from the home-sharing platform. Barker abruptly cancelled on Dyne Suh, who had driven through a snowstorm to Barker's Big Bear, California, cabin with friends, and her two dogs in February. According to California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Barker told Suh in a text message: "I wouldn’t rent to u if u were the la...
Tags: California, Trends, Airbnb, Louisiana, Brian Chesky, Barker, Chesky, Suh, Big Bear California, Edward Lee, DFEH, Dyne Suh, Tami Barker, DFEH Airbnb, Airbnb Barker