San Francisco Entrepreneurs Love Chip Conley

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was a great success!

About 70 people attended the event including registered guests, VIPs, and volunteers. Chip’s presentation was really fun and the audience loved him! The event ran really smoothly overall and I think Chip had a great time too.

Chip started out with no hotel industry experience and he opened his first hotel, The Phoenix, in San Francisco’s edgy Tenderloin district on a wing and a prayer. His company now consists of over 40 award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas across the state. Each unique property is designed to produce what Chip calls “identity refreshment” for his guests. The company gleans inspiration for each hotel from popular magazines such as Rolling Stone (The Phoenix), The New Yorker (Hotel Rex), Real Simple “meets” Dwell (Vitale), Wired (Avante) and others. Chip and his company’s time-tested techniques have been featured in Business 2.0, TIME, Fast Company, Fortune, People and other leading publications-so many magazines, so many new hotel possibilities!

Here are the key messages I took away from Chip’s presentation:

  • Be known for something and be different
  • Choose something that you absolutely love and get really good at it.
  • Don’t just “had been there done that”. Continue to be there and keep doing it.
  • If you can inspire and help your customers, investors and employee to realize their higher purpose, they will stick with you no matter what.

Here is my favorite question from Chip:

Imagine 10 years from now, you can only work on just one thing, what would you want to be known for?

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