Nathan Blecharczyk is an American billionaire businessman. He is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb, and chairman of Airbnb China. Blecharczyk was also the company’s first chief technology officer. Blecharczyk began his career as an engineer at OPNET Technologies in 2005. He served as a lead developer at Batiq in 2007. In 2008, Blecharczyk partnered with Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia to found Airbnb, he served as the company’s first chief technology officer and coded the company’s original website using Ruby on Rails.
Later that year, after failing to raise funding, the founders bought mass quantities of cereal, designed packaging branded as Obama O’s and Cap’n McCain’s cereal to sell at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Originally intended as a marketing ploy, the company sold enough cereal to raise $30,000, and eventually attracted the attention of Y combinator co-founder Paul Graham who gave them $20,000 in early 2009 and accepted the company into the Y Combinator’s seed funding program.
Blecharczyk is credited with overseeing Airbnb’s 2015 expansion into Cuba. On June 1, 2016, Blecharczyk, Chesky and Gebbia joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates’ The Giving Pledge, a select group of billionaires who have committed to give the majority of their wealth away. In early 2017, Blecharczyk transitioned to chief strategy officer at Airbnb. He was listed as the 474th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$3.8 billion according to Forbes 2017 The World’s Billionaires List. Blecharczyk was announced as the chairman of Airbnb China, also known as Aibiying, in October 2017.
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When he’s at corporate events, Nathan is known to cover the following topics:
- Technology & Innovation
- Drive & Determination
- Airbnb & Philanthropy
- Leadership & Teamwork
- Sales & Marketing