$10M+ Exit – Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

$10M+ Exit – Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

December 11, 2018

In this episode, Chip Conley shares his inspiring journey of starting a company from scratch and eventually exiting for $10 million. Discover how Chip transformed inner-city motels into the second-largest chain of boutique hotels and helped guide the Founders of AirBnB to create the world’s most valuable lodging brand.

About Chip Conley:

Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley disrupted his favorite industry… twice, first with Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV) where he transformed a small motel into one of America’s largest boutique hotel brands, and later as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, playing a crucial role in shaping the company’s growth. Recognized as the “Most Innovative CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times and honored with the Pioneer Award in hospitality, he continues to make an impact as Airbnb’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership.

Chip has authored several influential books including “Learning to Love Midlife“, “Wisdom at Work“, “Emotional Equations“, “PEAK“, “Marketing That Matters“, and “The Rebel Rules” providing valuable insights on personal growth, leadership, and marketing strategies. Through his writings, he inspires entrepreneurs to achieve success, find fulfillment, and embrace their individuality in the business world.

For detailed reviews of these exceptional books, please visit: Marketing That Matters, Rebel RulesLearning to Love Midlife, Peak, and Wisdom at Work (Book Reviews)

Embracing Innovation can help you grow as a leader

Embracing innovation can help you grow as a leader. By being open to new ideas, technologies, and approaches, you drive change within your organization. This proactive approach enables you to challenge the status quo, identify opportunities for improvement, and adapt to evolving market dynamics.

In addition, promoting innovation fosters creativity and problem-solving by encouraging your team to think creatively and find unique solutions. This empowers your team members to contribute their ideas and insights, leading to increased engagement and motivation.

Moreover, innovation enhances your adaptability, allowing you to navigate uncertainty and seize new opportunities in a rapidly changing business landscape. It also inspires and engages your team, as they witness your willingness to explore new frontiers and push boundaries. By leading by example and encouraging a culture of innovation, you create a sense of purpose and excitement that drives your team to think creatively and collaborate effectively.

Lastly, embracing innovation builds a competitive advantage for your organization. By fostering a culture of innovation, your organization can develop new products, improve processes, and deliver enhanced value to customers, positioning itself as a leader in the market and ensuring long-term sustainability and growth.

Best Advice I Ever Received:

Richard Branson, who wrote the Foreword for my first book, told me when he’s creating a new company, he always repeats the mantra, “I am the market, I am the market, I am the market” as a reminder that he wants to thrill himself as a customer.

Best Advice I’d Give to Someone Who Wants to Build A $10m+ Business:

Focus on a niche that you can own with clear differentiators.

In this episode, Steve, Mary, Richard, and Chip discuss:

  • How Chip got started in the hospitality business and getting investors to invest.
  • How to handle an unstable market and shrinking revenue due to recession.
  • Hiring and building the team you need to better manage your own time and your business’ growth.
  • How hospitality has changed in current culture and what changes have occurred in businesses.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be a part of your market so you can always stay in tune with the desires of your clients and industry.
  • Understanding investments will help you grow your business and flourish.
  • Building a company that people want to work for makes a stronger team and smoother process.
  • Balancing your consumer base is the key to growing your businesses.

“People liked our company.”  Chip Conley

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