About Kati



Kati Schmidt is an entrepreneur, sharing economy pioneer, and blogger. She has worked in journalism, public affairs and government relations for 16 years.

As an early employee of Airbnb, Kati worked on a variety of public policy campaigns, managed strategic partnerships and launched Airbnb Experiences around the world. She left Airbnb after 6.5 years to build her own business, Piña Colada SF, connecting groups of six like-minded singles over great food in SF’s best restaurants, and is advising Wimbify, a global LGBTQ travel community based in Italy, and mentors startups of the German government’s accelerator.

Kati is passionate about immigration and relocation to Silicon Valley, female founders, the Sharing Economy, and gluten free food. She volunteers as San Francisco Director of Changemaker Chats and Job Seeker Coach for Upwardly Global. After winning her Green Card in the Diversity Visa Lottery, Kati relocated from Berlin, Germany, to San Francisco, California, in January 2015.

Recent Speaking Engagements

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