We are a team of seasoned entrepreneurs who also happen to be vacation rental owners and operators. Our vision for MyVR.com came out of our personal frustrations with marketing and managing our own rentals. We started this whole thing as a side project, building solutions for ourselves. However, after talking to some other frustrated vacation rental owners, we quickly realized that we're not alone, so we decided to roll out our solutions to help others, as well!
Jonathan Murray - CEO
Jonathan leads MyVR's product development, corporate strategy, and business development. Before starting MyVR, he co-founded Lift Media (acquired), a lead generation company that worked with clients like American Express, Netflix, and Fandango. He started MyVR after being frustrated with setting up his own Sonoma cottage as a vacation rental. He studied engineering at Bucknell University and received his MBA from Stanford University.
Favorite Vacation Spots: New Orleans, Hawaii, and Ireland
Mike Stachowiak - CTO
Mike heads up engineering, setting the platform architecture and technology strategy. He's a serial technology entrepreneur and owner of a Lake Tahoe vacation rental. Before MyVR, he co-founded two other companies, Lift Media (acquired) and 4INFO ($70M+ raised). His lead generation and technology experience has helped him find innovative ways to make vacation rental marketing easier. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a degree in computer engineering.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Lake Tahoe, Munich, and Virgin Gorda, BVI
Markus Nordvik - COO
Markus is responsible for engineering operations, technology integrations, and customer success. Formerly, Markus was the Co-founder and VP of Engineering at 4INFO, leading a team of 35 engineers building a mobile advertising platform. He received his BS degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Barcelona, Chicago, and Istanbul, Turkey
Jesse Kasky - Sr Software Engineer
Jesse was the first member of our software development team, and he has been instrumental in architecting our platform. He wrote his first piece of software when he was 9, and has not stopped since. Previously, he has worked at Hotmail (pre-acquisition), Microsoft and more recently spent 7 years at Google.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Big Island HI, Costa Rica
Tristan Brotherton - Product Design / UX Engineer
Tristan is a tactician who loves to build great products, possessing a rare combination of design, UX, and software development skills. Tristan specializes in designing products from the ground up, honing his craft at numerous startups over the past decade. Prior adventures include founding an outsourcing company in Ukraine and several start-ups.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Anything that floats.
Bill Zeller - Software Engineer
Bill is a full stack developer, building features from the ground up. He left a 7 year career as a litigator in 2013 to pursue the more interesting problems presented by coding, surfing and traveling in South America. Bill has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Northwestern University.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Pichilemu, Chile; Florence, Italy
CJ Avilla - Sr Software Engineer
CJ meant it when he set out to learn the full stack: in 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan and built a network for 50,000 subscribers over satellite, fiber, radio and microwave for the Army, all from scratch. In his past lives, CJ has been an instructor at the App Academy, written code to track insider trading, and programmed liquid-handling robots.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Las Vegas, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe
Danny Eiden - Software Engineer
Danny is a software developer with a bias for action, focusing on rapidly coding up requirements and getting features into the hands of the customer. He graduated from Northwestern University summa cum laude with a BS in computer engineering, where he TA'd a startup class.
Favorite Vacation Spots: Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Paris
Garth Petal - Customer Success Manager
Garth is our resident expert with the MyVR platform, able to quickly guide our customers to the right solution. An actor, musician, renaissance man and mensch, Garth makes your day better by making sure you have a great experience with MyVR.
Favorite Vacation Spots: London, Monaco and Venice
MyVR is thankful to have some of the best and most helpful angel investors out there. We couldn't do it without them. The long list include awesome folks like Y Combinator, SV Angel, Chris Dixon, Alex Rampell, Paul Buchheit, Clem Bason, and Ben Boyer. MyVR is a graduate of the Y Combinator program.