What we’re about

We built HotelTonight because we love our smartphones almost as much as we love to travel. We don’t think the big booking websites make great mobile experiences, and we feel the world needs a fresh approach – a reinvention of hotel booking for the mobile era.

Mobile is about being on the go and in the moment, which is why we focus on the last-minute space – and we do it better than anyone else in the world. Hand-picked hotels, 10-second 3-tap bookings and amazing deals on rooms that would otherwise go empty.

We believe in planning less and living more. And that you should be able to book anywhere, anytime, on your own terms. Give us 10 seconds and we’ll get you a great deal at your soon-to-be favorite hotel.

 

Executive Team

 

Sam Shank

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

A travel-obsessed serial entrepreneur, Sam previously founded and was CEO of DealBase.com, a travel deals search engine, and was CEO of TravelPost.com, a hotel reviews site. SideStep acquired TravelPost.com and Sam stayed on as VP of business development until its fortunate acquisition by Kayak. Sam also worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET and NexTag. Not at all surprisingly, he was an assistant to Wes Craven on the film Scream. He HotelTonights at the Ace New York.

@samshank

 

Jared Simon

COO & CO-FOUNDER

The office’s music police chief, Jared oversees supplier relations and operations. He previously was VP of corporate development at online-video production and distribution pioneer TurnHere. He also helped launch the hotel business at Orbitz.com and served as general manager of the company’s Lodging.com brand. Before he realized life was supposed to be enjoyable, he worked in corporate finance and investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston and Budget Group, Inc. He HotelTonights at the Hollywood Roosevelt.

@jaredsimon

 

Chris Bailey

CHIEF ARCHITECT & CO-FOUNDER

A master in the art of proper espresso preparation, Chris built HotelTonight’s first iOS app and backend systems, and continues to drive architecture and strategic technology. He was previously CTO of DealBase and prior to that, architect and senior computer scientist at Adobe Systems. He has led many engineering teams, been involved with several startups, and done a variety of consulting. He HotelTonights at Hotel Zetta in San Francisco.

@chrisrbailey

 

Sam “Mac” MacDonnell

CTO

A builder of technology and teams that deliver innovative mobile experiences since before mobile was cool, Mac was previously Director of Engineering for Core Technology at Autodesk. He also managed and architected mobile services at Adobe and Macromedia. Realizing early on that he was not going to make the PGA Tour, he earned his coding stripes at various startups and companies developing connected services in gaming, mobile, aerospace and telecom. He HotelTonights at the W in San Francisco.

@sammacdonnell

 

Board Members & Advisors

 

Brian O’Malley

BOARD MEMBER

Brian is a partner at Accel Partners, where he focuses primarily on internet and software investments. Prior to Accel, Brian spent 10 years at Battery Ventures where he originally led the seed round at HotelTonight. While at Battery, Brian was involved in the IPOs of Bazaarvoice (BV) and Skullcandy (SKUL), while also leading several investments in the mobile ecosystem besides HotelTonight, including Prismatic, Sosh, Sprig and Viddy.

 

Rick Lewis

BOARD MEMBER

A general partner at USVP, Lewis focuses on software and consumer Internet (social, mobile and e-commerce). He is on the board of directors of Act-On Software, ScoreBig, ThreatMetrix, Trunk Club and Yammer. Lewis also led USVP’s investment in myYearbook.com (acquired by Quepasa).

 

ROGER LEE

BOARD MEMBER

Roger invests in great entrepreneurs building innovative companies across the software and consumer landscape. His investments include Angie’s List (IPO), Blue Jeans Network, BlueKai, FreeWheel, Gainsight, Groupon (IPO), Kontagent, Lotame, Narrative Science, PrimeRevenue, TrialPay and World Golf Tour. Before joining Battery as a general partner, Roger spent 10 years as an entrepreneur and operator. Most recently, he was co-founder of Corio, a leading managed service provider that was acquired by IBM.

 

Amy Bohutinsky

BOARD MEMBER

Amy is chief operating officer of Zillow Group, a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on Web and mobile, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy and HotPads.

As chief operating officer, Amy oversees Zillow Group’s people organization (HR, recruiting and learning & development), as well as marketing, communications and consumer care. Amy joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005, as one of the company’s earliest employees, and built the marketing and communications functions from the ground up. Prior to becoming COO, Amy served as Zillow Group’s chief marketing officer, leading brand strategy, growth, marketing and consumer care for the company’s flagship Zillow brand.

Before Zillow, Amy was on the founding team at discount travel site Hotwire, where she ran communications. Amy began her career as a broadcast journalist, working for various CBS, NBC and ABC affiliates.

 

Howard Love

BOARD MEMBER

Howard is a life-long entrepreneur who has been starting and running companies for almost 30 years. Among them: Inmark Development (RogueWave), MarketHome (CLAC), GetawayZone (EXPE), PageWise (Demand Media), FlexJobs.com and LoveToKnow.

 

Barry Sternlicht

ADVISOR AND INVESTOR

Barry is the founder, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm focused on global real estate, hotel management, energy, infrastructure and securities trading. During his previous tenure as CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, he created W Hotels and built the St. Regis Hotels brand from a single hotel to a global brand.

 

Investors

Battery Ventures

Since 1983, Battery has been investing in technology and innovation worldwide. The firm partners with entrepreneurs and management teams across technology sectors, geographies and stages of a company’s life, from startup and expansion financing to growth equity and buyouts. Battery’s Internet & Digital Media portfolio currently includes Angie’s List, Bazaarvoice, BlueKai, BlueStem Brands, Digby, Exact Target, Groupon, H.Bloom, j. Hilburn and Skullcandy. From offices in Boston, Silicon Valley and Israel, Battery manages $4B in committed capital, including its current fund of $750M.

 

Accel Partners

Founded in 1983, Accel Partners is a leading venture capital and growth equity investment firm, working with entrepreneurs to build world-class businesses. Accel manages over $6B globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geographies, with offices in Palo Alto, London, New Delhi, Bangalore and China, through a partnership with IDG-Accel. Accel has helped entrepreneurs build over 300 successful companies, many of which have defined their categories, including Facebook, Groupon, Comscore, AdMob, Diapers.com (Quidsi), Glam Media, Etsy, Kayak, Angry Birds (Rovio), Macromedia, MetroPCS, Playfish, QlikTech, Rapt, Real Networks, Redback Networks, Riverbed, SunRun, UUNet, Veritas and Walmart.com, among others.

 

First Round Capital

First Round Capital is a seed-stage venture capital firm dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs build great companies. First Round Capital’s portfolio is a community of web-enabled businesses led by entrepreneurs, guided by an active partnership and connected through a technology platform designed to support companies throughout their growth. The firm’s current portfolio includes StumbleUpon, OneKingsLane, Bazaarvoice, Modcloth, RockMelt, Uber and Square. First Round Capital invests nationally with offices in San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia.

 

U.S. Venture Partners

U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) is a leading Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, helping entrepreneurs build world-class companies since 1981. USVP focuses on early stage opportunities in sectors where the Partners have the domain expertise, operating experience and network of relationships to contribute to the success of an enterprise. Currently, the firm invests in digital communications, network systems, consumer and business services, media, semiconductors, clean technologies, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices.

 

Coatue Management

Coatue Management is a global investment manager with approximately $7.5 billion under management focused on public and private companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Founded in 1999 by Philippe Laffont, Coatue has offices in New York City and Menlo Park.

 

GGV Capital

GGV Capital is a $1.6 billion expansion stage venture capital firm focused on the US and China. Based in Silicon Valley (Menlo Park) and Shanghai, China, the firm operates as a single team across the world’s two largest economies. GGV portfolio companies include Alibaba Group, AthenaHealth, Buddy Media, Isilon, Meilishuo, Pandora Media, Qunar, SoundCloud, Square, SuccessFactors, Youku/Tudou, UCWeb, YY and 21ViaNet.

 

Rich Barton

INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR

Co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, Rich also served as CEO from 2005, when the company was founded, until September 2010. Before co-founding Zillow, Rich founded Expedia.com. Started within Microsoft in 1994 and spun out in 1999 as a public company, Rich served as president, CEO and board director until 2003. Rich also co-founded and serves as non-executive chairman of Glassdoor.com and is chairman of Trover LLC. Rich is also a venture partner at Benchmark Capital and is on the boards of directors of Netflix, Avvo, RealSelf.com and CommonSenseMedia.Org.

 

Hugh Crean

INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR

Currently an entrepreneur in residence at General Catalyst Partners, Hugh was president and CEO of Farecast, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Hugh joined the Microsoft search team as general manager/principal engineering manager, focused on the development and launch of Bing Travel. Before Farecast, Hugh was senior vice president of business development at National Leisure Group (NLG), vice president of product and corporate development at Priceline and vice president of strategic analysis for Citigroup’s Advanced Development/e-Citi division.

 

Erik Blachford

INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR

Currently Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, Chairman at Butterfield & Robinson, Inc. and executive chairman at TerraPass, Inc., Erik was formerly the chief executive at TerraPass, Inc., Expedia, Inc. and IAC/InterActiveCorp’s travel division, IAC Travel. Erik currently serves as a board director at Butterfield & Robinson, TerraPass, Zillow and Glassdoor.com.