Meet Joe Gebbia, founder and chief product officer of Airbnb, and hear how this RISD grad with a design thinking mindset created a global phenomenon of 100 million users and became one of the top business innovators in the world today.
A creative entrepreneur from an early age, Gebbia’s groundbreaking home-sharing platform began in his San Francisco apartment in 2008 out of necessity to pay his rent. What started as three airbeds, a pop-tart breakfast, welcoming hosts and an insider’s guide to the city, is now at the center of hospitality, human connectivity and economic stimulation. The Airbnb concept has spread to 65,000 cities in over 191 countries, creating a new economy for thousands of people around the world. The company is valued today at $31 billion and climbing.
Joe has spoken globally about both entrepreneurship and design, and received numerous distinctions such as the Inc “30 under 30” and Fortune “40 under 40.” His lifelong appreciation for art and design led him to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. He now serves on the institution’s Board of Trustees.
Attend the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Luncheon and hear about the habits and disciplines that anyone can adopt to gauge growth opportunities and reimagine a product, a business or even an entire industry. Also, get an insider’s perspective on Airbnb’s newest division devoted to humanitarian and social impact experiences.
“What Airbnb represents is a form of design that not only doesn’t create stuff in the world, but helps people think differently about the stuff they already have. It helps people reimagine the excess they have in their lives, and how they can repurpose it in a more useful way.”
Our conversation with Joe Gebbia and Governor Gina Raimondo will leave you feeling inspired to be an innovator and a disruptor in your own universe--- wherever that may be.