Good With Money: Bob Diener, Co-Founder & President of Getaroom.com

Bob Diener helped revolutionize the travel industry with his groundbreaking Hotels.com website. He is also a passionate philanthropist who believes that successful people are "stewards" of this world who are obligated to leave it in a better state than which they found it.


Bob Diener is the co-founder and President of getaroom.com, and co-founder and past President of hotels.com. After receiving his law degree from Cornell where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review, Bob practiced securities and corporate law with the firm of Gibson Dunn. As a leading travel industry expert, he is a frequent source for many major news organizations as well as a recurrent guest on many television and radio stations including NBC, CNN and Fox News. Bob has been featured on KGO radio San Francisco every Sunday for years and his articles have been published on sites such as the Harvard Business Review and aish.com.

He is the author of two books – the Biblical Secrets to Business Success and the Savvy Traveler. Bob taught the Business Practice course at the Cornell Law School and has been a scholar in residence at the University of Florida Entrepreneurship program. He was recently awarded the Alumni Entrepreneur of the year by the University of Florida. He serves on the National Board of Directors of Israel Bonds, Chabad on Campus, Hasbara Fellowships and is a past National Board member of Aipac. Bob lives in Miami with his family and is an avid triathlete and kitesurfer.

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03:07 What was your career path?
04:41 How has the travel industry changed over time?
06:45 How did you adapt to the launch of the internet?
11:03 What were some of the pitfalls of starting a new business/career?
13:35 Why did you begin writing books?
16:47 What is your philosophy on philanthropy?
20:11 What do you look for in charities you support?
25:39 Does God grant people abilities to serve a mission?

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