We are vacation rental managers, travelers, and and passionate problem solvers for the vacation rental market. We’ve come together to build the best-in-class software platform that helps make managing vacation rentals more profitable, easier, and fun.
Since 2016, Hostfully has helped thousands of vacation rental managers earn revenue and deliver an outstanding customer experience. Our solution is live in 80 countries and has served hundreds of thousands of vacation rental guests.
Co-Founder + CEO
Margot Schmorak has led marketing, sales, product, and strategy teams at Apple, Coveroo and ServiceSource (NASDAQ: SREV). Most recently she was VP of Marketing and Strategy for the $200 million business unit at ServiceSource. At Apple, she launched the first iPhone Developer Program in 2008. She is an avid traveler, so much so that her first son was on over 30 flights before his first birthday. Some of her favorite destinations are Yunnan (China), Vinales (Cuba) and Paris. Margot graduated from Vassar College, and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business (UMich).
Co-Founder + President
David Jacoby is a proud Airbnb Superhost living in San Francisco. He loves welcoming guests from around the world and showing his kids what it means to be a good host. As a traveler, he’s couch surfed around the world, including Cairo, Lima, Jerusalem, Hanoi, and Kigali. David was COO and EVP of Sales and Marketing at WellCall, Inc., a health coaching and corporate wellness program company, where he grew the business from infancy to be acquired by Health Advocate in 2012. David graduated from the Wharton School of Business.
Co-Founder + CTO
Stephan is a seasoned entrepreneur, vacation rental owner, and relentless traveler. He founded three companies before founding Orbirental, which merged with Hostfully in 2018. Steph’s first job was working under Marc Andreessen at Netscape in 1998 as a Senior Software Engineer. He went on to found Intweetiv (acquired by PostPlanner) and PItchbrite (acquired by CapRally). Originally from Marseille, France, Stephan reluctantly came to the U.S. to attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison and warmed up to American entrepreneurial culture. Steph lives in San Francisco with his family, avidly following I’OM (Marseille) football and managing his vacation rentals and beehives around Point Reyes National Seashore.
Mark Nelson is a full-stack developer who loves building things on the internet that make everyday things easier or more accessible for people. A startup veteran, he has held senior roles at Sparked.com and Proven.com and has help build numerous products from idea to production. Mark currently lives in Albuquerque with his wife and newborn son, and loves gaming, olympic lifting, and playing with his daschund Poppy.
Cedric is a global nomad, currently living in Tokyo, Japan. He joined the team as an intern while he was living in San Francisco, and since then, has lived in Vancouver, Montreal and France. He graduated from the SUPINFO International Institute of Information Technology with a Master’s degree in Computer Science (2013), joining Net-Com as a Full-Stack developer Intern. Later he joined Paris for Rent and then Orbirental, which merged with Hostfully in 2018.
UX Designer / UI Developer
Meli’s skills have been gained through "lifehacking". Originally an accountant at PWC, then an IT project manager for Suncorp bank, Meli was first to be trained in user-centered design by Susan Wolfe, who founded the human factors department at Tandem in the 1980s. This sparked her interest and love for UX and UI design. Now she gets to combine it with her love for travel. She and her family have explored Australia, New Zealand, much of Europe, and the United States, often combining travel with virtual work and house-swapping. Meli holds a BA, MA and PY from Queensland University of Technology.
Product + Analytics
Angela Lau was born and raised in Hong Kong. An engineer by training, she worked as an engineer at NASA and Oracle, and then Apple, where she was a product manager. Angela is also an avid traveler, whose favorite cities include Prague, Kyoto, Florence, Tsunagu, and Rothenburg. As an MBA intern, she recently spent a month helping an Italian company reposition their organic food offering - and got to eat a lot of chocolate hazelnut spread in the process (Nocciolata). She graduated from the Haas School of Business (Cal) and loves to bake.
Nicole Prentice Williams
Nicole Prentice Williams is a multi EMMY-Award winning TV Producer who is passionate about travel and hospitality. She has managed and created content for the world’s leading television brands (FOX, CBS, and NBC). Nicole was Supervising Producer for Current TV and Viacom. She holds an M.A. from American University and B.A. from Pepperdine University. Her lifelong love of travel began at age 11 with a trip to Asia. Since then, her most memorable trips have been her engagement in Paris, skiing in Bariloche, home sharing in Costa Rica and walking The Great Wall.
Glenn Carter is a marketing and sharing economy expert, having worked with a number of startups in the home-sharing space to help build brand awareness and effective marketing strategies. Glenn worked with WeGoLook, an on-demand worker platform that was recently acquired. Glenn also runs The Casual Capitalist, a content site dedicated to personal finance and the growing freelancing industry. He is also author of Secrets of the Sharing Economy, and has been featured in dozens of podcasts, radio interviews, and is a regular contributor to BiggerPockets and Invibed.