Brian Chesky didn’t know much about tech before starting Airbnb.
The 35-year-old CEO majored in industrial design in college and dabbled in hockey and bodybuilding in his 20s. But now, he’s grown an idea that stemmed from overbooked hotels into a multibillion-dollar startup — and has become one of Silicon Valley’s key players in the process.
Here’s how the upstate New York native became one of the richest young tech founders in America.
Chesky's high school yearbook quote was 'I'm sure I'll amount to nothing.' He thought it was funny -- his dad didn't.
In his early 20s, Chesky was a competitive bodybuilder. He's described as still having '16-inch biceps.'
In a Fast Company profile from 2014, Chesky is described as an imposing figure: 'A former hockey player and bodybuilder with 16-inch biceps, the CEO commands attention. His boomerang grin and slant nose work to sharply focus his attention on you. Rather than turn his head toward me, he physically picks up his chair and pivots it directly so we're eye to eye.'