What Seven Years at Airbnb Taught Me About Building a Company

I first joined Airbnb as an engineer, and then as one of the first members of the budding PM team. Back then there were a couple dozen engineers, a few designers, and two very cute dogs. Over the next seven years as the company scaled to thousands of global employees, countless cute dogs, and over $30b in value, I took on a lot of interesting problems and worked with many incredible people. Since leaving a few weeks ago, before I get too deep into starting my own thing again, I‘ve been jotting down my biggest lessons from these experiences. I quickly realized I should share these lessons with anyone else working to build their own company. I can’t promise these will apply to your situation but I will say these have been core to Airbnb’s success over of the years.

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