We are Hostfully

We strive to build connections through travel. We're starting with vacation rentals.

About us

We believe the best travel experiences are when people get closer to locals and local experiences. When that happens, people learn to cross cultural divides, gain an appreciation for their own lives, and bridge connections with those they never would have otherwise. This makes the world a better place.

We’re starting with vacation rental travel. Our software products give property managers the tools they need to automate their business, reach more customers, and deliver a 5-star guest experience.

Hostfully is a complete, end-to-end property management platform that helps vacation rental property managers increase bookings and boost revenues. By streamlining the workflow and simplifying daily operational needs of vacation rental businesses, Hostfully empowers property managers to provide 5-star hospitality at scale in an affordable, easy-to-use solution.

Our Mission

Make the most of every stay

Whether long-time property manager or first-time traveler, we help people make the most out of their travel experiences.

Company culture

We are passionate

We care deeply about the work we are doing to bring value to our customers. We are on the side of caring “too much” versus “not enough”.

Relationships matter

We believe that every relationship, whether it is with an employee, customer, partner, or investor, is a priority. We also believe this is a key market differentiator.

Customers first

We exist because of our customers. Instead of telling our customers about our products, we ask them how we can help.

Community empowerment

We strive to create a safe space that is inclusive and welcoming, where differences are celebrated and enrich the moments created by the guests of our customers.

Our team

We have a small but mighty team of nine and expect to more than double the team size in 2019. The co-
founders are based in San Francisco and the rest of the team is located in Southern California, Ottawa,
Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and Tokyo.

Margot Schmorak
Co-Founder + CEO

Margot is CEO and Co-Founder of Hostfully. She has spent her career working on community-driven products that help businesses and entrepreneurs get closer to their customers. Prior to Hostfully, Margot worked at Apple, leading marketing initiatives for the first iPhone Developer Program before taking the reins at ServiceSource (NASDAQ: SREV) as VP of Marketing and Strategy. In her free time, Margot is an avid traveler, having visted Yunnan (China), Vinales (Cuba) and Paris. Margot holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BA in economics from Vassar College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three young children.

David Jacoby
Co-Founder + President

David is President and Co-Founder of Hostfully. A proud Airbnb Superhost living in San Francisco, he loves welcoming guests from around the world and showing his kids the transformative experience of sharing your home with others. As a traveler, he’s couch surfed around the world, including Cairo, Lima, Jerusalem, Hanoi, and Kigali. Prior to Hostfully, David was COO at WellCall, Inc., a health coaching and corporate wellness program company, where he grew the business from its infancy until its acquisition by Health Advocate in 2012. David graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

Stephan Osmont
Co-Founder + CTO

Stephan is CTO and Co-Founder of Hostfully. Merging his passions for entrepreneurship and travel, Stephan founded Orbirental, which merged with Hostfully in 2018. Stephan started his career at Netscape along with Marc Andreesen and has 15+ years experience working as a tech and product executive at venture funded startups (Epicentric, Flite, Rixty). Prior to Hostfully, he founded Intweetiv (acquired by PostPlanner in 2014). Stephan lives in San Francisco Bay Area with his family, where he enjoys learning about beekeeping and permaculture. Stephan went to school at Sciences Po and University of Aix-Marseille, graduated in Economics, with abroad studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Mark Nelson
Senior Engineer, Product

Mark is the Lead Engineer and Head of Product at Hostfully. He enjoys leveraging his full-stack developer background to build things on the internet that make everyday things easier and more accessible for people. A startup veteran, he has held senior roles at Sparked.com and Proven.com, helping ideate, develop, and build numerous products from infancy to production. Mark currently lives in Albuquerque with his wife and newborn son, and loves gaming, olympic lifting, and playing with his dachshund Poppy.

Cédric Raudin
Senior Engineer

Cedric is a Senior Developer at Hostfully. A global nomad, Cedric currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, but has also lived in Vancouver, Montreal, France, and San Francisco. It was in the Bay Area that Cedric joined the Orbirental, staying with the team during the merger with Hostfully. Prior to working at Hostfully, Cedric worked at Net-Com. Cedric graduated from the SUPINFO International Institute of Information Technology with a Master’s degree in Computer Science (2013).

Eric Andersen
Senior Director of Customer Support

Eric has been in the vacation rental industry for over 3 years and led customer success for TurnKey Vacation Rentals prior to joining Hostfully. He is an avid traveler who took a year and a half break to explore South, Central and North America. Eric graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Marketing and worked for Adobe for 6 years helping them transition to the SaaS model. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT where he snowboards, rock climbs and fly fishes in his spare time.

Brad Cartier
Director, Marketing

Brad is the Head of Marketing at Hostfully. Brad has worked with and invested in a number of real estate technology startups, helping them build brand awareness and lasting organic traffic. Brad led marketing strategies at WeGoLook, an on-demand worker platform, until its recent acquisition. In his spare time, Brad owns several investment properties—including vacation rentals—and has been acquiring multifamily units over the past few years. Brad has also been interviewed in dozens of podcasts, radio interviews, and is a BiggerPockets contributor.

Iris Tarou
SVP, Customer Success

Iris brings 14 years experience leading customer success at Salesforce and WellCall. She was on the first Customer Success team at Salesforce pioneering a function that has shaped the industry. Iris also led Account Management at WellCall, designing processes that improved client retention, and implementing programs globally. Iris graduated from California State University at Chico with a B.A. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter, and is an avid Lindy Hop community leader and dancer.

Pedro Leal
Director, Business Development

Originally from Brazil, Pedro brings expertise in early stage companies, IT and business development. He began his career as an IT Analyst at Accenture, before transitioning into sales and general management. Most recently, Pedro was Executive Director of Smartwash App, an on-demand car wash service in SF, Miami and Brazil, where he led operations, including sales and marketing. Pedro holds a B.A. and M.B.A. in Business from FUMEC University in Belo Horizonte-MG in Brazil, a top university in the state. Outside work, you can find Pedro hiking, playing soccer, and spending time with his wife. They live in San Francisco.

Rodrigo Piris
Operations Manager

Rodrigo brings several years of experience from the travel industry as well as a corporate wellness company, where he worked in customer service and support. He was Sales Supervisor at a travel agency in Paraguay, then moved to the United States to pursue his studies. At WellCall, a corporate wellness company, Rodrigo worked on client implementation and onboarding. There, he made sure that client websites were set up seamlessly and that users had access to products and services offered online. Rodrigo holds a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. He is a fitness enthusiast, a former major league volleyball player, and a passionate cyclist. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their dog.

David Akerman
Head of Growth

David has been an entrepreneur from an early age. With a background in economics and business development from UC Berkeley, David has built and worked with multiple startups taking ideas into marketable products that scale. Previously, David built his own subscription based company in Berkeley, which scaled to multiple cities and thousands of paying customers. David also worked with a software startup, Metadata, to scale marketing and sales funnels for maximum growth within the first 6 months of operation. David has a strong passion for growth marketing and consumer software. Outside work, David enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and traveling.

Michele Grant
Product Lead

Michele has spent her career managing products at startups and fortune 500 companies. Her professional experience spans ad serving, content management, mortgage technology, financial technology, and more.  Michele has a passion for travel and grew up exploring the west coast from Mexico to Alaska. Then spent time in college traveling through Europe. She worked in New York, Paris and San Francisco. Now she lives in Marin with her family, where they enjoy the beautiful forests and beaches.