Real & Raw: Lisa Messenger and Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia on 21st Century Philanthropy

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How to build a global platform with a deeper purpose.

When I recently had the amazing opportunity to visit Airbnb‘s headquarters in San Francisco, I shed a tear when I got to one particular part of the building: the wall that documents the tech company’s disaster response effort. Today, as part of their ‘Open Homes’ initiative, more than 3,500 homes have been opened – free of charge – to people in need of shelter.

Let’s face it, when you’re trying to build a profitable business, it’s not always a founder’s priority to also give back to other people, but it should be part of your business model in some small (or huge!) way. In Airbnb’s case, a host actually came up with the idea – and they actioned it. Inspired? When I sat down with co-founder Joe Gebbia during his trip to Sydney, I grilled the tech entrepreneur on how to build a global platform with a deeper purpose.

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