Today's guest is Chip Conley, the founder of Modern Elder Academy.
Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley disrupted his favorite industry... twice. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years, and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand.
Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books have made him a leading authority at the intersection of psychology and business. Chip was awarded “Most Innovative CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
In today's episode, Brian & Chip Discuss:
- What it's like to have your birthday fall on Halloween
- Choosing to go to a high school where Chip knew he would be in the minority
- Having a very engaged, passionate father who wanted nothing more than for Chip to become a better version of his dad
- Starting a hotel brand in one of the worst neighborhoods in San Francisco
- How Maslow's Hierarchy has influenced Chip's Leadership & Business Philosophy
- Meeting AirBNB Founders & joining the company as both a mentor & an intern
- Why today's workforce must embrace the wisdom of our Modern Elders
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Chip Conley Podcast Interview
Brian Mohr: [00:07:43] Well ladies and gentlemen welcome to another edition of the Built on Purpose podcast.
Brian Mohr: [00:07:49] I am incredibly excited to have with me today hotelier, author, social alchemist, disruptor, student, sage, and modern Elder the one and only Chip Conley... Chip:
Chip Conley: [00:08:08] What is up man.
Chip Conley: [00:08:10] I am wearing way too many name tags... All different.
Chip Conley: [00:08:17] You know I dig it.
Brian Mohr: [00:08:19] It's a good thing. I guess you've been constantly reinventing yourself or should I say continuing to learn more about who you are and what you're capable of.
Chip Conley: [00:08:29] Thank you. Thank you very much.
Brian Mohr: [00:08:31] Absolutely great to have you. So I want to start off.
Brian Mohr: [00:08:34] You were born on Halloween and I am just so curious. As a guy born on Halloween as a youngster was having your birthday on the same day as Halloween. An exciting thing? Or did it just piss you off that Halloween was robbing you of your special day?
Chip Conley: [00:08:52] I think it meant it meant that my special day meant that I was just a weird kid, you know, everybody and you got dressed up really strangely on this, like "what was all that about" No, I - you know - I have lots and lots of photos of birthdays with people dressed funny and I still have those because every five years I do have a birthday somewhere in the world starting at age 30.
Chip Conley: [00:09:17] And now I'm 58 so I've got the sixtieth coming up soon. But it's been everywhere from Bali to Marrakech and I promise you we do have a master party one night.
Brian Mohr: [00:09:27] I love it. I love it.
Brian Mohr: [00:09:28] So as you as you think back on all of these Halloweens is there any one particular costume of yours that just really brings back me or the most vivid memories as the costume itself.
Chip Conley: [00:09:44] Interesting question.
Chip Conley: [00:09:48] No not quite. I mean I you know. I did show up at one point in what looked like a birthday suit. Like..