Based in San Francisco, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Founded by Joe Gebbia and Brian Cheskey, both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the company has been developed and steered by design from the outset. They began the company as a way to support their own design careers, and continue to encourage and foster this community in meaningful ways.
In 2016, Joe Gebbia launched Samara, a product design team at Airbnb exploring the future of human connection, building products and services that bring us closer to each other. While Airbnb proves that open-mindedness, generosity, and faith in the kindness of strangers can go a long way, Samara allows these values to evolve beyond travel and hospitality, into our daily lives.
He also leads the Human team, which focuses on using the Airbnb platform for humanitarian ends, such as housing refugees and leading rural regeneration projects around the globe.