Role: Product Vision, Designer, Copywriter, Developer
Smarter Stays started in March 2015 as NoFish Hospitality, when a good friend and early Airbnb user – Scott Pawlowski and I got together and decided to enter the short term rental business. With our shared passion for travel and hospitality combined with our tech and business savvy, we quickly started getting tons of good reviews and developed effecient systems to manage our operations alongside our professional careers. We have sustained steady growth as a bootstrapped venture, and have plans to expand to other markets.
A big contributer to our success has been the constant experimentation and development of techniques and tools to facilitate remote property management. Being a web developer by trade and a home automation enthusiast, I jumped on the opportunity to rapidly develop a low-cost system that allows us to maximize the use of our time (and delight our guests). A lot of this has evolved into product ideas that I’ve prototyped, the most notable being Concie – an SMS based guest communication tool, which I built using Meteor JS. (I talk more about the Concie project here)