NATHAN BLECHAR­CZYK

Net worth: $3.8 bil­lion USD How he made his bil­lions: Airbnb Lo­ca­tion: San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia Age: 33

Technowize Magazine - - Cover Story -

Airbnb isn’t Nathan Blechaczyk’s first ma­jor en­tre­pre­neur­ial en­deavor. The Har­vard com­puter sci­ence grad­u­ate founded an In­ter­net mar­ket­ing busi­ness while still in high school that served clients in 20 coun­tries. From there, he slowly and steadily built Airbnb with self-made bil­lion­aire co-founders Brian Ch­esky and Joe Geb­bia. You can say the team has struck a home-run with Airbnb, which now in­cludes 35,000 cities in 190 coun­tries, and over 600 cas­tles.

Blechar­czyk stud­ied at Har­vard Univer­sity, re­ceiv­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in Com­puter Sci­ence and then worked as an

engi­neer at Mi­crosoft, OPNET Tech­nolo­gies and Ba­tiq. Af­ter join­ing Air bed and break­fast. com as the third co-founder in 2008, Nathan took charge of cre­at­ing a vi­sion, strat­egy and growth within the com­pany to bring about new ways of trav­el­ling. His pur­pose within the com­pany has evolved over the years. At first he was the one writ­ing code but later he was build­ing the team, hir­ing new mem­bers, re­view­ing prod­ucts and leav­ing the code writ­ing to his team.

Speak­ing at Skift Global Fo­rum 2017, the Airbnb co-founder and chief strat­egy of­fi­cer said an IPO is in­evitable. In­deed, the Airbnb IPO will fast­track the three co-founders po­si­tion on the list of tech bil­lion­aires un­der 40.

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