We are excited to announce that Airbnb will be hosting our first half-day tech conference called OpenAir. We’ll be hosting it on April 24th at 888 Brannan from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. From 2:00 – 5:30 we’ll have panels, fireside chats, and technical talks, and from 5:30 – 7:00 pm we’ll provide time to mingle with drinks and some food.
We’re bringing together technology industry leaders for an afternoon of conversations on the best tips, tricks, and lessons learned for building a business that spans both online and offline worlds.
Joining us for the afternoon will be:
Paul Graham, Founder, YCombinator
Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 he started publishing essays on paulgraham.com, which in 2011 got 17 million page views. In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 450 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Ben Horowitz, Cofounder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Ben Horowitz is a cofounder and partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and the author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Prior to a16z, Ben was cofounder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Lytro, Magnet, Okta, Rap Genius and Tidemark. Follow Ben on “Ben’s Blog” (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to minimizing politics in your company, and Twitter @bhorowitz.
John Collison, President and Co-Founder, Stripe
John Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe, the online payments company that allows businesses to start accepting payments from all over the world in minutes, with just a few lines of code.
John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 95-person (and growing) Stripe team powers thousands of online businesses around the world.
Prior to Stripe, John co-founded Auctomatic, which was acquired by Live Current Media in March 2008. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, John lives in San Francisco, California, where Stripe is based.
Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-founder and CTO, Airbnb
Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running a business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.
Henry Lin, Senior Data Scientist, Uber
Henry Lin is a senior data scientist at Uber and one of the authors of Uber’s dynamic pricing algorithm. As one of the company’s earliest hires, Henry has contributed to a wide variety of data science projects at Uber and currently leads the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) team, an umbrella group which is focused (in addition to ETAs) on leveraging Uber’s global traffic dataset in projects such as supply positioning and fare estimation. Prior to joining Uber, Henry was a graduate student at UCSC, specializing in machine learning with applications in online search and crowdsourcing.
Sam Schillace, SVP, Engineering, Box
Sam Schillace is SVP of Engineering at Box, where he is responsible for the engineering and QA teams. Prior to joining Box, Sam spent several years at Google where he was an Engineering Director of Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Groups, Google Reader, Blogger and Picasa. In that role, he managed a global team of 600 engineers in Mountain View, Seattle, Santa Monica, Boulder, New York, Montreal, Zurich, London and Haifa. Sam also served as a principal and EIR at Google Ventures.
Sam co-founded Writely which he sold to Google in 2006 to form the core of Google Docs. Earlier in his career, Sam was a serial entrepreneur and programmer who developed video games, word processors, early Web authoring software, and application engines.
Sam received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Gilad Horev, Head of Payments and Fraud, Eventbrite
Gilad Horev is Eventbrite’s Head of Payments & Fraud. He works with the finance, product, and engineering teams to ensure that all transactions on Eventbrite’s platform are secure, seamless, and zippy. Gilad started his career at PayPal, when he joined the FraudSciences team, which was acquired by PayPal in 2008. While there, he focused on fraud prevention and analysis. At PayPal, he held various roles, including managing the Latin American fraud analytics team. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University.
Annie Chang, Head of Product, HomeJoy
Before joining Homejoy, Anne oversaw user experience and product design at Lolapps, a social games and apps company. She designed Quiz Creator and Gift Creator user-generated application platforms, which gained over 100MM users worldwide. Prior to co-founding Lolapps, Annie has held various technology roles, including at Adobe (Advanced Technology Lab), SquareTrade, and BitTorrent. Annie holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. Annie was named one of the Most Influential Women In Technology by Fast Company (2010), Tech Founder to Watch in Huffington Post (2011), and Female Founder to Watch in Forbes (2012).
And many more.
You can learn more about the conference, see the schedule, and register to join us here: https://www.airbnb.com/open-air.