Nathan Blecharczyk is a billionaire businessman. He is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb and chairman of Airbnb China.
Long before Airbnb persuaded strangers to sleep in one another's homes and became a $31 billion company, it was just an idea to earn a bit of extra money to make rent. After their first guests, Airbnb's founders realized they were on to something bigger than a stopgap for rent. They faced rejection plenty of times — and created their own version of Obama O's cereal — but the three founders of Airbnb have built a big business in the past nine years. Here's how they turned their idea to rent out an air mattress into a business that has the hotel industry running scared. This podcast is brought to you by: Digital Ocean is a cloud provider that makes it easy for entrepreneurs and startups to deploy and scale web applications with no issues and unplanned costs. Get started for free at Teamistry is a new podcast brought to you by Atlassian. Teamistry is the chemistry of unsung teams that achieve the impossible. Season two begins on September 21st. Subscribe today. Rocketship is brought to you by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This is the first ever episode of Contrary Radio, a series of conversations for university-based founders. Airbnb co-founder Nate Blecharczyk tells us how he learned to code, why he shutdown his successful business in college, and some lessons learned from holding diverse responsibilities at Airbnb!
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San Francisco, California, United States of America
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