Tesla Executive Dan Kim Joins Airbnb as Director of Airbnb Plus

Tesla Inc.s (NASDAQ: TSLA) senior director of global marketing and sales has left the electric-car maker in the midst of a year-end deliveries push to join home-sharing startup Airbnb Inc.

Dan Kim, who joined Tesla in January, declined to comment on the move via LinkedIn, where he has updated his profile. Airbnb has hired Kim as director of Airbnb Plus, a more premium service in which higher-end homes have to pass the Company’s quality inspections.

Kim departed last month and his duties at the electric automaker are being handled by other people on his team, according to the person. Kim was a senior director in global sales and marketing under Robin Ren, the Vice President of worldwide sales at Tesla.

Tesla declined to comment. Airbnb didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prior to joining Tesla, Kim held executive roles in marketing at Solera, a Company that makes vehicle analytics, according to his Wikipedia and LinkedIn pages. Before that Kim founded a chain of frozen yogurt stores called Red Mango.

Tesla has experienced intense turnover at several levels in its ranks. In September, short seller Jim Chanos compiled a list that showed the company had lost more than 40 executives in 2018. In late November, Tesla’s global head of security left after 11 months on the job and the Company’s head of digital product confirmed in December he has left the company.

Tesla shares have rallied in the months since its record third-quarter earnings report, as Elon Musk moves to make selling electric cars a financially stable business. The Chief Executive Officer is expecting another profit and positive free cash flow in the fourth quarter, which will largely depend on brisk sales of the Model 3 sedan.

3 Comments
  1. Chantz Delgado 7 months ago
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    Musk is unpredictable, better at Airbnb where things on the investment side are just beginning

    • Jules Paxton 7 months ago
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      $TSLA acting up. Likely more downside ST target 325

  2. Miguel Peral 7 months ago
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    #tesla analysts are ignoring the big elephant in the room: Tesla is introducing network effects: Winners take almost all, leaving breadcrumbs for the rest. The most liquid market:
    – Tesla network (Uber+Airbnb like)
    – Tesla market of future products and services

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