Airbnb Boss says Play Poker and Get a Top Job
Airbnb and poker might be the perfect combination for players needing some budget accommodation on the professional tournament circuit, but according to Jonathan Diamond, there’s a lot more to the relationship than this.
Diamond was once a professional poker player who toured the world competing in various events, including the World Series of Poker, but after five years in the game, he turned his attention to e-commerce.
Recently profiled on BusinessBecause.com, Diamond explained how poker not only earned him $300,000 after he graduated from George Washington University School of Business but landed him a job at Airbnb.
Diamond’s Golden Opportunity
Today Diamond leads the $24 billion company’s business operations team and he’s credited his affinity for big data (large sets of data that allow companies to use predictive analytics to profile customers and make +EV business moves) to poker.
Highlighting the importance of big data when making major managerial and operational decisions, Diamond explained that poker allowed him to better analyze imperfect information and make the most profitable decisions from it.
The analysis of big data is becoming increasingly important in business and that could mean more opportunities for players at start-ups like Airbnb.
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