On November 16, 2022, Airbnb cofounder and CEO, Brian Chesky, shared that he's welcoming guests from anywhere to stay with him at his place in San Francisco:
It's wild (vulnerable, transparent, kind, generous, and humbling) for the CEO of a $60B company to welcome complete strangers into his home to host them – including cooking together and showing them the city – for a weekend. I left the January 2023 weekend with a renewed appreciation for how small the world is and fresh examples of a founder at work. This post serves to recount the experience, express appreciation, and log my observations as a source of future inspiration.
Brian anticipates hosting a number of strangers throughout the year. My significant other, Katie, and I were the first lucky guests that stayed with Brian.
I remembered Airbnb was founded in 2008 and one of the very first breakout startups to be built on Ruby on Rails. If you recall, Rails does not – by default – use random record IDs, including for things like user IDs, unless there's an explicit design choice to do so. For new record IDs created in the database, they're sequential (n+1) starting from 1.