Jony Ive praises Airbnb as ‘soaringly ambitious’ startup


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As part of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Jony Ive penned a short essay praising Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky for creating a “remarkable startup.”

“The service that Brian and his partners imagined is soaringly ambitious and utterly practical,” said Ive, who didn’t make Time’s list himself this year.

“Bringing people together is something of a passion for Brian, and with Airbnb he’s helped create millions of personal connections. That’s an achievement that even the best hotels in the world should envy.”

Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, also wrote a glowing essay on Hilary Clinton, who fell under the “Leaders” part of the list. “She is revolutionary. Not radical, but revolutionary: the distinction is crucial. She is one of America’s greatest modern creations.”

Time named Apple CEO Tim Cook one of the top five industry “Titans” for the year, and civil rights leader John Lewis said he is “setting a new standard for what business can do in the world.”


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