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
- 2018 Deutsche Welle Business: Is Facebook too big to fail?
- 2018 ARD Tagesthemen: FacebookDataBreach: Wie man im Silicon Valley über die Datenaffäre denkt!
- 2018 Social Media Week Hamburg:
- 2018 Guest Lecture at Stanford University: The Airbnb Case Study Shared by an Early Employee
- 2017 ARD: Living my dream – Deutsche in Kalifornien
- 2017 Upwardly Global: Career Integration and Professional Growth for Immigrants
- 2017 Startup Valley: Der Traum vom Silicon Valley
- 2016 Guest Lecture at San Francisco State University: High-Tech Marketing
- 2016 Mercedes-Benz.com: She’s Mercedes
- 2016 taff: Deutsche im Silicon Valley
- 2016 ESTO Conference in Boca Raton: Maximizing Opportunities in the Ever-Evolving Shared Economy Space
- 2016 Berkeley Haas School of Business & Aspen Institute: Partnering with Communities: Inclusive Innovation in the On-Demand Economy
- 2015 Abendschau: Berliner in Kalifornien
- 2015 Ontario Chamber of Commerce: The Sharing Economy: Implications for Ontario
- 2015 University of Portland: The Future of the Sharing Economy