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Robert Chesnut (Former Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb)

The Startup Life

Release Date: 07/28/2020

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This episode was recorded on Jan. 17 2020.

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Editor's Notes:

This episode was recorded on April 21, 2020

Rob Chesnut has transitioned out of the role of Chief Ethics Offier of Airbnb since this recording.

In this episode, we talk to Robert Chesnut (Former Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb)as we discuss his early days at eBay, how he drives integrity into the culture of a company, and we dive deep into his book "Intentional Integrity".   

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Rob has spent a 35-year legal career exploring and helping to enforce rules that we all live by. Most recently, Rob spent 4 years as Airbnb's General Counsel and Chief Integrity Officer, helping Airbnb navigate a complex regulatory framework across as it grew into one of the world's leading hospitality companies. Today, Airbnb offers over 7 million accommodations and 40,000 handcrafted activities, all powered by local hosts. With more than half a billion guest arrivals to date, and accessible in 62 languages across 220+ countries and regions, Airbnb promotes people-to-people connection, community and trust around the world.

While at Airbnb, Rob developed the company's unique ethics program, "Integrity Belongs Here," that promotes an environment of ethics and compliance within the company.

Prior to Airbnb, Rob helped transform Chegg, Inc., from an offline textbook rental company into a multi-service digital learning platform. As general counsel, he helped take the company public in 2013.

Prior to Chegg, Rob spent 10 years working for the global online marketplace eBay. He joined the company in 1999 as the company's third lawyer and was promoted to run the company's
North American legal division in 2001. He joined eBay's senior executive leadership team in 2004 as the founder of the company's Trust and Safety Department, where he was responsible for creating and overseeing all site rules and policies for the eBay global community of over 150 million users. Rob and his team of nearly 2000 employees built and operated eBay's fraud detection and prevention infrastructure, the first such system for an Internet person to person ecommerce site. Rob was eBay's spokesperson for site policies and fraud, and he was interviewed in over 200 television, newspaper, radio, and magazine stories around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, for his pioneering role in combating Internet fraud.

Rob's legal career began in the U.S. Justice Department, where he worked for nearly 14 years
with the U.S. Justice Department, including 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Northern Virginia. As a federal prosecutor, Rob ran the Major Crimes unit for the district and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including bank robberies, kidnappings, murder, and drug trafficking organizations. He handled the prosecution of CIA, FBI and other employees of the intelligence community for espionage, including CIA employees Aldrich Ames and Harold Nicholson. He is a recipient of the Justice Department's John Marshall award for litigation, and the CIA's Outstanding Service Medallion.

Rob is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife Jillian. He has two children, Bianca and Cliff.

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Written by: Dominic Lawson 

Executive Producers: Dominic Lawson and Kenda Lawson

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