Movies from Brian Chesky

Snow-White

Trouble starts when the queen's magic mirror says Betty Boop is fairest.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
Just saw Avatar. This is the most important technical breakthrough in film since Snow White.
Movies from Brian Chesky

Avatar

In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
Just saw Avatar. This is the most important technical breakthrough in film since Snow White.
Books from Brian Chesky

The Art of Travel

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow. Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations, he also cites such distinguished fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. Don’t leave home without it.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
In The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton writes about the problem with modern tourism. Travel is the physical pursuit of happiness, but we are so blinded by our haste that we look at everything and see nothing. We travel so far and so fast that we have an inability to derive pleasure from the places we are experiencing. Our attempts to capture experiences is usually reserved for photography. Alain says, “The camera blurs the distinction between looking and noticing, between seeing and possessing; it may give us the option of true knowledge, but it may also unwittingly make the effort of acquiring that knowledge seem superfluous.” .. .. In my trip to Arles, I was reminded when we do finally slow down, we see what was before us the entire time.
Books from Brian Chesky

Blitzscaling

Foreword by Bill GatesLinkedIn cofounder, legendary investor, and host of the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast reveals the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies.What entrepreneur or founder doesn’t aspire to build the next Amazon, Facebook, or Airbnb? Yet those who actually manage to do so are exceedingly rare. So what separates the startups that get disrupted and disappear from the ones who grow to become global giants?The secret is blitzscaling: a set of techniques for scaling up at a dizzying pace that blows competitors out of the water. The objective of Blitzscaling is not to go from zero to one, but from one to one billion –as quickly as possible.When growing at a breakneck pace, getting to next level requires very different strategies from those that got you to where you are today. In a book inspired by their popular class at Stanford Business School, Hoffman and Yeh reveal how to navigate the necessary shifts and weather the unique challenges that arise at each stage of a company’s life cycle, such as: how to design business models for igniting and sustaining relentless growth; strategies for hiring and managing; how the role of the founder and company culture must evolve as the business matures, and more. Whether your business has ten employees or ten thousand, Blitzscaling is the essential playbook for winning in a world where speed is the only competitive advantage that matters.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
The book the start-up world has been waiting for. I can’t think of any other that so perfectly captures the specific challenges — and opportunities — that a company faces at every stage of growth. This book shares some of the key secrets for building mission-oriented, global businesses at speed.
Books from Brian Chesky

Walt Disney

From Neal Gabler, the definitive portrait of one of the most important figures in twentieth-century American entertainment and cultural history. Seven years in the making and meticulously researched—Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives—this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth. Gabler shows us the young Walt Disney breaking free of a heartland childhood of discipline and deprivation and making his way to Hollywood. We see the visionary, whose desire for escape honed an innate sense of what people wanted to see on the screen and, when combined with iron determination and obsessive perfectionism, led him to the reinvention of animation. It was Disney, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films—most notably Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi—who transformed animation from a novelty based on movement to an art form that presented an illusion of life. We see him reimagine the amusement park with Disneyland, prompting critics to coin the word Disneyfication to describe the process by which reality can be modified to fit one’s personal desires. At the same time, he provided a new way to connect with American history through his live-action films and purveyed a view of the country so coherent that even today one can speak meaningfully of “Walt Disney’s America.” We see how the True-Life Adventure nature documentaries he produced helped create the environmental movement by sensitizing the general public to issues of conservation. And we see how he reshaped the entertainment industry by building a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise in a way that was unprecedented and was later widely imitated. Gabler also reveals a wounded, lonely, and often disappointed man, who, despite worldwide success, was plagued with financial problems much of his life, suffered a nervous breakdown, and at times retreated into pitiable seclusion in his workshop making model trains. Gabler explores accusations that Disney was a red-baiter, an anti-Semite, an embittered alcoholic. But whatever the characterizations of Disney’s personal life, he appealed to the nation by demonstrating the power of wish fulfillment and the triumph of the American imagination. Walt Disney showed how one could impose one’s will on the world. This is a masterly biography, a revelation of both the work and the man—of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
During a Christmas holiday, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky read a biography of Walt Disney. In the book, the story of Snow White and the importance of storyboarding in its production inspired Chesky to visualize Airbnb as way of guiding the company's next steps.
Books from Brian Chesky

High Output Management

In this legendary business book and Silicon Valley staple, the former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companies, High Output Management is equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders. Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance—throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
His primary book source on management technique is Andy Grove’s High Output Management.
Books from Brian Chesky

Your Keys, Our Home

If you've ever dreamed of casting off your worldly possessions and traveling to your heart's content, this story about two intrepid seniors will inspire you no matter your age. Michael and Debbie Campbell felt they had one more adventure in them before considering retirement in the traditional sense, so they filled two rolling duffel bags with life's essentials (including their own pillows) and hit the road. Three years later, having sold their home in Seattle, their "Senior Nomad" lifestyle has no end in sight. Ride along as they share tales of living full-time in Airbnbs in over 50 countries and pay tribute to the many hosts who not only helped them live daily life, but also offered unique opportunities to experience their cities. From the barber's chair in Dublin and the dentist's chair in Split, to a wild motorcycle ride in Athens, a peek behind the Soviet Curtain in Transnistria, and the demise of a chicken for dinner in Marrakech, hosts made the Campbell's dream of adventure come true. Discover how Debbie and Michael find their next Airbnb, how they get there, and the many ways they enjoy their new city just as the locals do. Learn their tips and tricks for using Airbnb and how they get the most out of each stay, all while spending little more than they would have spent settled into their rocking chairs in Seattle.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
Debbie and Michael sold their homes and have been living on Airbnb straight for 3 and a half years! Here is their book.
Books from Brian Chesky

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives. In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human. In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
I had a great discussion at @Airbnb with Andrew McAfee, author of the Second Machine Age. He is one of the earliest economists to theorize that many jobs will be automated, and it will happen more quickly than we expect. But he is optimistic about our future. There are some things only people can do, and as machines increase capacity they create new opportunities. But it will all happen faster than we think.
Music from Brian Chesky

Miles Davis

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
I listen to random songs, friends’ playlists, and the radio. A couple of my favorite stations are Bob Dylan and Miles Davis.
Music from Brian Chesky

Bob Dylan

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
I listen to random songs, friends’ playlists, and the radio. A couple of my favorite stations are Bob Dylan and Miles Davis.
Music from Brian Chesky

Lady Gaga

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
One of the biggest music icons in the world. She's redefined music, fashion and much more. Ladies & Gentlemen... @ladygaga
Music from Brian Chesky

The Chainsmokers

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
@TheChainsmokers visited us at #Airbnb HQ today. Thanks for stopping by!
People from Brian Chesky

Walt Disney

Walt Disney
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
Today is Walt Disney’s birthday. He was one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Walt combined art and technology to help people escape their present day and offer a world of imagination and reassurance to millions. The world hasn’t seen the likes of him since.
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Brian Chesky Mentors

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People from Brian Chesky

Al Sharpton

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
Had the pleasure today to share a meal with Reverend Al Sharpton at @sylviasrestaurant in Harlem. Truly an amazing leader and inspiration
People from Brian Chesky

Jeff Bezos

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos has taught us that you can be customer-obsessed, not competitor-obsessed, and by the way, one way to win is just to be longer term the other person if you're trying to win in a year - I'm trying to win a ten year so we'll probably be right but who really wins. So I think you know I admire many people but maybe I just call out that.
People from Brian Chesky

Bono

Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
We switched glasses and I got to wear the rose color glasses, but he still looked cooler
Mobile Apps from Brian Chesky

Resy

Resy powers the world's best restaurants, using technology to imagine the future of hospitality. If you're a person who loves dining out but hates hassling for reservations, download Resy now! Book sought-after seats at the best restaurants in 80 cities worldwide.
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
'In the USA there's a restaurant-booking app called Resy that lets you choose from a curated roster of the coolest restaurants in every city, and reserve seats. You can pay for your meal through the app too.'
Mobile Apps from Brian Chesky

Spotify: Listen to new music, podcasts, and songs

With Spotify, you can play millions of songs and podcasts for free. Listen to the songs and podcasts you love and find music from all over the world. • Discover new music, albums, and podcasts • Search for your favorite song, artist, or podcast • Enjoy playlists made just for you • Make and share your own playlists • Find music for any mood and activity • Listen on your mobile, tablet, desktop, PlayStation, Chromecast, TV, and speakers Play music for free on your mobile and tablet with Spotify. Listen to music, albums, playlists, and podcasts wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of free music, curated playlists, artists, and podcasts you love. Discover new music, podcasts and listen to your favorite artists, albums, or create a playlist with the latest songs to suit your mood. Spotify also offers free music, curated playlists and thousands of podcasts you can’t find anywhere else. Find music from your favorite artists, and listen to new music for free. • Free music and podcasts made easy – Listen to a playlist, album or play music by any artist on shuffle mode Listen to music and podcasts on your tablet for free • Play any song, artist, podcast, album, or playlist and enjoy a personalised music experience
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
If I’m not interacting with someone, I’m listening to music on Spotify. I listen to random songs, friends’ playlists, and the radio. A couple of my favorite stations are Bob Dylan and Miles Davis. It’s pretty common to find me on Evernote while listening to music on Spotify.”
Mobile Apps from Brian Chesky

Evernote

- Focus on what matters most and have access to your information when you need it. - Input typed notes or scan handwritten notes, add to-do’s, photos, images, web pages, or audio... and it’s all instantly searchable. - Create notebooks, organizers, planners and organize them any way you want and share with anyone. - Sync your notes and notebooks across your devices so your information is always with you. "Use Evernote as the place you put everything … Don’t ask yourself which device it’s on—it’s in Evernote" – The New York Times
Brian Chesky
Entrepreneur
I’m constantly on Evernote. I don’t take any notes on paper and I keep my inbox at zero, so Evernote is how I keep track of everything: to-dos, ideas, lists, notes.