Today's Entrepreneur: Brian Chesky

Kristin Karaoglu · January 11, 2012 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/2370

No. 1 mistake: Not having the willingness to get their hands dirty and do the hard, unglamorous work

Today's Entrepreneur is Brian Chesky, Co-founder and the CEO of Airbnb.

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I am a(n):
Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Airbnb

My favorite startups:
Besides Airbnb the products I use and love are: * Dropbox * Quora * Uber * Hipmunk * Evernote I also admire Square for their simplicity.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The most rewarding part of entrepreneurship is seeing your creation make a positive impact on the world.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
The major mistake that the entrepreneurs make is not having the willingness to get their hands dirty and do the hard, unglamorous work that it takes to launch something successful.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1. Do things that don't scale.
2. Solve your own problems, because chances are, someone else has the same problem
3. Make something for yourself

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Airbnb.com is the “Ebay of space.” The online marketplace allows anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space. The reputation-based site allows for user reviews, verification, and online transactions, for which Airbnb takes a commission. As of June, 2009, the San Francisco-based company has listings in over 1062 cities in 76 countries.

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