Talk about living and breathing a job.
Nathan Blecharczyk, a 32-year-old who is one of the three co-founders of Airbnb, could easily retreat into the privacy of his San Francisco home after a hard day's work. Instead, the billionaire entrepreneur rents out a section of his home on Airbnb and never tells the guest who he is.
"It has a separate entrance," Blecharcyzk told CNBC in a recent inteview, who's married and is also a new father. "I don't reveal who I am because, first, for privacy reasons, but also because I want to make sure I have the authentic experience that other hosts are experiencing. I don't want them to treat me differently."
Blecharcyzk has hosted more than 100 guests who are unaware that their casual conversations or email exchanges with him is invaluable feedback for the computer engineer. He started Airbnb with two friends seven years ago, and by some estimates, the company is currently valued somewhere north of $10 billion
Blecharczyk was in Singapore last week to speak on a panel at the Singapore Summit, a conference of financial, economic and political leaders. Not surprisingly, his ongoing research continues while he travels: He was staying with a Singapore Airbnb host instead of a hotel.
"I'm in a condo about a mile from here," Blecharczyk said, pointing out the window of the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center where CNBC sat down with him. "The guy is away on business. It's a nice place."