Hostfully raises $4M seed funding

Rivai H Tukimen

Hostfully, a San Francisco-based startup that helps
professional short-term rental property managers maximize distribution and guest
experience, has raised $4 million in a seed funding round, bringing its total funding
to date to $7 million.

The investment is led by Disruption Ventures, with
participation from Precursor Ventures, Trend Forward Capital, Groundbreak
Ventures, Celtic House Asia Partners and several angel investors, including
industry experts and customers.

Founded in 2016, Hostfully offers two products, Property
Management Platform and Digital Guidebooks, that professional managers use to
centralize their booking calendar, adjust pricing, distribute inventory,
automate guest communications and collect payments.

The company says it will use the funding to add capabilities
to its products, including a native mobile app and multi-unit inventory
handling, as well as add to its team focusing on sales and customer success.

“We are at an inflection point in the short-term rental
industry with unprecedented growth. We’re thrilled to continue investing in
Hostfully as they deliver more enhanced distribution and monetization
capabilities to property managers,” says Elaine Kunda, managing partner of
Disruption Ventures.

“The Hostfully team has proven that they are skilled
operators. They have built a solid business with the trifecta of best-in-class
products, deep expertise in short term rental property management, and world
class customer success. Our investment in Hostfully is in line with our
strategy of investing in performance-oriented, high growth businesses with
women at the helm of leadership.”

Hostfully’s software platform is used for more than 40,000
properties in 80 countries. The company
says its digital guidebooks, available in 15 languages, are viewed by vacation
rental travelers more than two million times each month.

“At Hostfully, we want to make the hard business of short-term
rental property management easier and more joyful,” says Margot Schmorak, CEO
and co-founder of Hostfully.

“The current investment gives us the opportunity to reach
more property managers, help them work on the go, and uncover new revenue
streams in their existing book of business. We are also investing in sales,
onboarding, and customer success.”

Hostfully says it is the only company in America with
preferred partner status with Airbnb, Booking.com, and Vrbo and that it has
been climate positive since 2019.

https://www.phocuswire.com/short-term-rental-startup-hostfully-4m-seed-funding

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