Annual Corporate Leadership Breakfast

By Heather Ripley, Special Events Manager

February 12, 2015

Jim Henry, PwC San Francisco Managing Partner and Brian Chesky, CEO & Co-Founder Airbnb
Jim Henry, PwC San Francisco
Managing Partner and Brian Chesky,
CEO & Co-Founder Airbnb

This winter, Larkin Street and Title Sponsor PwC US, hosted the annual Corporate Leadership Breakfast at the San Francisco City Club. The networking breakfast was attended by members of San Francisco’s business community and welcomed guest speaker, Brian Chesky, CEO & Co-Founder of Airbnb. Mr. Chesky and PwC’s Managing Partner Jim Henry had an intriguing fireside chat on the shared economy.

Chesky shared many engaging stories about what led him to begin the game changing Airbnb, as well as what has contributed to their ongoing success. Crediting his need to pay rent when first moving to San Francisco, Chesky and fellow co-founder Joe Gebbia opened their empty home to designers attending a conference, providing three air beds to their guests, and thus was born Air Bed and Breakfast which became Airbnb.

Aram Denian, Sherilyn Adams- Larkin Street Executive Director, Taylor Muer, Benaster Jones
Aram Denian, Sherilyn Adams- Larkin Street Executive Director, Taylor Muer, Benaster Jones

Chesky jokingly told the audience that Airbnb is the “worst idea that ever worked.” He was inspired in part by a former college professor from his alma-mater, Rhode Island School of Design, who told him “you can design the world you want to live in.” Now at the forefront, Chesky stated that the “sharing economy allows for people to connect back into the world.”

A very special thank you to our guest speaker Brian Chesky, our Title Sponsor PwC US, Table Sponsor Spencer Stuart Silicon Valley, and for all the attendees for making this event possible!

Michael Berolzheimer, Lawrence Coburn, Aaron Schwartz, Ligaya Tichy and Kendra Chao
Michael Berolzheimer, Lawrence Coburn, Aaron Schwartz, Ligaya Tichy and Kendra Chao