We expanded to our new San Francisco office last week. We took city planning inspiration from Disney, and built community into the office. Each floor is themed after a different country, and teams sit in neighborhoods. #Airbnb
Had a fun time celebrating @lisadubost and Cameron at their wedding in France this weekend. Lisa was one of our first employees at #Airbnb. She built our Paris market from only 20 homes to 90,000. She's also probably the only bride to try to headlock me on her wedding day. Congrats Lisa and Cam! #loveatlamala
I am so proud of @elissapatel for exhibiting her art for the first time. Instead of showcasing only her work, she hosted 10 other women artists for a pop up gallery in a home. Elissa's goal is to make art more accessible by showing art can be shown anywhere and imagination and creativity can be accessed by anyone.
The life of Sir Richard
The whole entourage has arrived at RISD for my commencement! One of my best friends, my mom, my sister, her boyfriend, Elissa, her grandparents, and of course my dad holding the Airbnb book...
I remember the day my dad saw my yearbook photo. He saw this and yelled, "Nothing?! Nothing?!" I thought it was funny... he didn't. Earlier this year, he was happy to find out I'd be speaking at both my high school and college as the commencement speaker. Now, off to Rhode Island School of Design. ✈️ 🎓See you soon Dad! #RISD
Last night, Elissa and I went on the 'Quartet on the Rocks' #Airbnb experience, where the Thalea String Quartet performed for a small group of people inside a San Francisco Victorian. Before each song, they explained the story behind the piece, helping us better understand classical music. @thaleasq
A #tbt story from visiting Van Gogh's Terrace Cafe in Arles 🖋📚 ..
For those of you who don't know, I went to art school, taking my degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. I don't get to sketch as often anymore, but one summer while on a family trip, I dusted off my old sketchbook and made my best attempt to capture the French countryside by pen. I drew the antique and food markets at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, hilltop towns and vineyards. ..
But the most memorable was the night we went to Arles. It was nearly 11pm when I attempted this drawing of the famous cafe that Vincent Van Gogh painted nearly 130 years ago, titled Cafe Terrace at Night. ..
It was at this moment that an image was burned in my mind. I could have visited Arles a thousand times, but without drawing it I would have never seen the beauty that Van Gogh saw on that cobble stoned street so long ago.
We don’t have to draw a place to see it. But often in our travels, we move so quickly that the beauty before us isn’t possible to absorb. Instead, we visit museums to see what the artist took the time to capture.
In The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton writes about the problem with modern tourism. Travel is the physical pursuit of happiness, but we are so blinded by our haste that we look at everything and see nothing. We travel so far and so fast that we have an inability to derive pleasure from the places we are experiencing. Our attempts to capture experiences is usually reserved for photography. Alain says, “The camera blurs the distinction between looking and noticing, between seeing and possessing; it may give us the option of true knowledge, but it may also unwittingly make the effort of acquiring that knowledge seem superfluous.” ..
In my trip to Arles, I was reminded when we do finally slow down, we see what was before us the entire time. It is only then that we can experience the transformational powers of travel, which will set us down a path that does not end when we return.
My Lyft driver, @colorfulrides, picked me up in a onesie. He has a collection of twelve different onesies he cycles through. Can you imagine a taxi driver doing this?
114,000 people have stayed in a treehouse on #Airbnb, among them myself. 😃 #TBT to staying in Doug and Linda's tree house in Burlingame. If you want to see their place and some other awesome ones, link in bio