Part world traveler, cultural anthropologist, and armchair psychologist, the founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality has created more boutique hotels than anyone on the planet. With a simple yet profound mission to CREATE JOY, San Francisco's Most Innovative CEO turned a seedy "no tell motel" into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. The New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations and Peak, Chip has shared his message on the main stage at TED and few better understand the desire for transformation and meaning at work…and in life. Traveling to Bali a dozen times rekindled his childhood love of festivals, and experiencing collective effervescence on Burning Man's desolate playa (he’s now a board member) solidified his vision. Experiencing the transformative power of cultural travel through festivals inspired his mission to now create joy on a global scale with Fest300, believing that, "Being culturally curious creates a more robust and resilient life, which creates a safer and saner world." Chip is also the Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy for Airbnb where he is sharing his proven methods with hosts in over 200 countries. Photo credit: www.garrybowden.com.
Eamon is a social alchemist specializing in festivals, street fairs, big art and other lofty endeavors. Previously a performer, event producer and promoter, he brings a passion for human connection to Fest300 and to festivals, both online and off. His galvanizing festival experience was Burning Man but he appreciates fancy dress and would love to attend the Secret Garden Party one day. Eamon believes that every festival is someone's favorite time of the year and that the best way to understand each other is to immerse ourselves in another’s special experience.
Laura spent her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii obsessing over San Francisco's wild 1950s beatnik literary scene, illegally downloading every song and album from Napster, and daydreaming about becoming either a curmudgeonly drunk poet like Charles Bukowski or a raging, megalomanical rock star like Axl Rose. Instead of achieving either of those goals, she became a journalist in San Francisco (and honed her writing skills at the SF Bay Guardian, 7x7, The Bold Italic, the San Francisco Chronicle and TimeOut SF) and a music snob (she blames this on San Francisco's world-class music scene, and dating way too many musicians). From fighting through a crowd of 100,000 people to be front-row for Metallica when they played their hometown's premiere festival, Outside Lands, to chilling with Kurt Vile and Fucked Up on the shores of the lake outside Kutsher's Country Club in upstate New York during All Tomorrow's Parties, to fantasizing about going to every single heavy metal festival in existence, Laura's epic festival experiences past and future are the kind she'll tell her grandkids. As the managing editor, she works to enlighten, enrich and ignite Fest300.com's passionate community through stories, interviews, photos and videos covering the people, places and forces that create the festivals that change our lives.