In the hospitality industry, Chip Conley is a legend. Back in 1987, he created Joie de Vivre, that grew to 52 hotels in California and set off a boutique hotel craze. But after 24 years of managing the company, he decided to retire and pursue other ventures. Writing. Speaking. He was on the board of the Burning Man Festival. He created a new website called Fest 300 which celebrated the best festivals in the world.

But then out of the blue, he was contacted by Brian Chesky, a young CEO of a start-up company with a new concept called home-sharing.  The company was called Airbnb. And Brian said, “Come work with us and help me democratize hospitality.”

And Chip said “yes.” So over the past six years, his second act has been a fascinating ride at Airbnb. And it led to Chip’s latest book titled “Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder.”

Chip Conley and I met at Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco among the 20 and 30 somethings that make up the company’s workforce (and yes, there were a lot of dogs coming to work too).

We also speak with Sarah Goodnow Berry, Airbnb’s Global Director of Brand and one of Chip’s mentees.

Second Act Stories is a podcast that shares the stories of people who have made major career changes to pursue more rewarding lives in a second act. You can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, GooglePlus or wherever you get your podcasts.



Published: March 13, 2019

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