186. Joe Geb­bia

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

Ch­esky and Geb­bia met at Rhode Is­land School of De­sign be­fore com­ing up with Airbe­dand­break­fast.com, the pre­cur­sor to Airbnb, in 2008. It was an idea born in desperation: They were broke and faced ris­ing San Fran­cisco rents and so in­vited guests to crash on mat­tresses in their apart­ment. The 2 de­sign­ers brought in Blechar­czyk—a former room­mate of Geb­bia’s with a Har­vard com­put­er­science de­gree—to be­come the com­pany’s first en­gi­neer. Now Airbnb has over 4 mil­lion list­ings world­wide in 191 coun­tries and hit 200 mil­lion guest book­ings in Au­gust 2017.

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