Joe Gebbia


Joe Gebbia is a successful American entrepreneur and designer, best known as Airbnb's co-founder and former chief product officer. Gebbia was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Georgia Tech, where he studied design. He has always had a passion for design, and after graduating, he moved to San Francisco, California, in 2006 to pursue a career in design.

Gebbia co-founded Airbnb with Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk in 2008. Airbnb is now one of the most successful companies in the world and has a valuation of $31 billion. Gebbia and his team created Airbnb to make it easier for people to rent out their homes or apartments to travelers in need of a place to stay. The idea stemmed from Gebbia’s own experience as a student when he struggled to pay rent and resorted to renting out air mattresses in his San Francisco apartment.

Gebbia served as Airbnb’s Chief Product Officer from 2008 to 2017. During his time at Airbnb, Gebbia was responsible for leading the product and design teams and overseeing the user experience. He was also responsible for the development of the Airbnb app and website.

Gebbia is a strong believer in the power of design and has spoken extensively on the importance of design in business. He has also been a strong advocate for diversity in the tech industry. The San Francisco Chronicle has listed him as one of the most influential people of color in Silicon Valley.

Gebbia is a noted philanthropist, and in 2013 he and his wife, designer and artist Amna Gebbia, founded the Gebbia Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports education, design, and entrepreneurship. He has also served as a board member of the Design Museum Foundation. This non-profit organization promotes design, and he has been a guest speaker at various design schools and conferences.

Gebbia is an avid cyclist and has completed multiple Ironman triathlons. He is also an active investor in various technology startups, including companies such as Twitter, Lyft, and Instagram.

Gebbia has been recognized for his work with numerous awards and honors, including being named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by President Obama, receiving the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and being inducted into the Georgia Tech Alumni Hall of Fame. He has also been featured in various publications, including the New York Times, Forbes, and Wired. 

Gebbia has been an inspiration to many entrepreneurs and has been seen as a leader in the tech industry. He has shown that it is possible to create something out of nothing and that success comes from taking risks and having a good team. He is a true innovator, and his story of success is a great inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.