Net worth US$1.9 billion
|Name Nathan Blecharczyk|
Education Harvard University
|Residence San Francisco, California, United States|
Similar People Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky, Dustin Moskovitz, Bobby Murphy, Scott Duncan
Airbnb s nathan blecharczyk on being the only engineer for the first year founder stories
Nathan "Nate" Blecharczyk is an American business executive and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb, and was the company's first chief technology officer.
- Airbnb s nathan blecharczyk on being the only engineer for the first year founder stories
- A conversation with airbnb s co founder and cto nathan blecharczyk
- Early life and education
- Personal life
A conversation with airbnb s co founder and cto nathan blecharczyk
Early life and education
Blecharczyk was born in 1983, the son of Sheila (née Underwood) and Paul Steven Blecharczyk. He grew up in an upper-middle-class family in Boston, Massachusetts. During high school, he made money by creating his own software business. He continued writing programs while attending Harvard University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and made enough money to pay his tuition before abandoning the business to focus on his studies in 2002.
Blecharczyk began his career as an engineer at OPNET Technologies in 2005. He served as a lead developer at Batiq in 2007. In 2008, Blecharczyk partnered with Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia to found Airbnb, he served as the company's first chief technology officer and coded the company's original website using Ruby on Rails. Later that year, after failing to raise funding, the founders bought mass quantities of cereal, designed packaging branded as '"Obama O's" and "Cap'n McCain's" cereal to sell at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Originally intended as a marketing ploy, the company sold enough cereal to raise $30,000, and eventually attracted the attention of Y combinator co-founder Paul Graham who gave them $20,000 in early 2009 and accepted the company into the Y Combinator's seed funding program.
Blecharczyk is credited with overseeing Airbnb's 2015 expansion into Cuba. On June 1, 2016, Blecharczyk, Chesky and Gebbia joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates' 'The Giving Pledge', a select group of billionaires who have committed to give the majority of their wealth away.
In early 2017, Blecharczyk transitioned to chief strategy officer at Airbnb. He was listed as the 474th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$3.8 billion according to Forbes 2017 "The World's Billionaires List".
Blecharczyk resides in San Francisco, California. He is married to Elizabeth Morey Blecharczyk, a neonatologist. They have two children.