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MyVR - About Us

Simplifying vacation rental management

Our history

There had to be a better way

In 2012, MyVR co-founders Jonathan Murray and Michael Stachowiak were lamenting how difficult it was to manage their vacation rental properties while working full-time jobs. While there appeared to be dozens of legacy software solutions for larger professional property managers, they saw nothing targeting the small property manager or individual owner — and among those legacy solutions, nothing that seemed modern or easy-to-use. Having just successfully sold their prior startup, Jon and Mike teamed up with Markus Nordvik and agreed to commit the next phase of their lives to solving this challenging problem.

A study around the same time (by Global Radius Market Research) showed that about half of all professional property managers in the U.S. fit into this category: Too big to operate well without software but too small to make the clunky legacy solutions geared toward large PMs work. In fact, the study showed that almost two-thirds of small property managers didn’t yet use software and almost half of them didn’t even have a bookable website! This was in addition to the 57 percent of the U.S. vacation rental market that was rented directly by owners — virtually none of whom used software to manage their business. Very few even had their own property websites!

The MyVR team saw this lack of technological tools to be a real problem, particularly for a $100 billion industry that seemed to be on the verge of explosive growth. It seemed then that the need for software was only going to increase: The days of activities like faxing contracts, depositing paper checks, sending emails manually to inquiries and renters (across multiple distribution channels) were over. As vacation rentals continued to go mainstream, competition increased, distribution channels expanded, and bookings and payments moved from almost entirely offline to almost entire online. Software would become a necessity

Our approach

Solving a big problem takes fresh perspective

MyVR is on a mission to build the most robust and easy-to-use software available to vacation rental owners and property managers. More than that, our goal is to build a powerful open platform for the alternative accommodations industry.

We're focused on building robust and powerful software for owners and property managers. Our open platform approach also opens the platform to outside developers and service providers who can build on top of our platform.

This helps ensure our customers will always have access to best in class products and services, connected to the software they use to run their business.

This is a huge win for owners and property managers — they’re no longer stuck with archaic, legacy solutions with proprietary, vertically integrated systems that box people in, and hold their data hostage, and limit the choice of features and functionality.

As our developer community continues to grow, customers will increasingly have access to great technology solutions and services without ever needing to change software companies.

Our values

Our industry is built on respect. So is MyVR.

Your vacation rental business relies on the quality of your relationships — with guests, service providers, and the owners you work with. MyVR is focused on achieving results and getting things done for the owners, property managers, and third-party developers we work with. We’re committed to doing the right thing because it’s the right thing, putting people before personal agendas.

Our team



Jonathan Murray
CEO
Jonathan leads MyVR's product development, corporate strategy, and business development. Before starting MyVR, he co-founded Lift Media (acquired), an e-commerce advertising platform that worked with clients such as American Express, Netflix, and Fandango. He started MyVR after the frustration of setting up his own Sonoma cottage as a vacation rental. He studied engineering at Bucknell University and received his MBA from Stanford University.
Mike Stachowiak
CTO
Mike heads up engineering, setting MyVR's 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 have 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.
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.
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 seven years at Google.
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. Previous adventures include founding an outsourcing company in Ukraine and several venture funded start-ups.
Jennifer Lewis
Marketing
Jen heads up marketing, setting MyVR’s go-to-market strategy – generating demand for our platform and building the MyVR brand. She is passionate about helping small and midsized businesses be more successful through the adoption of technology. Although Jen has spent much of her career at larger companies such as Intuit, this is her second start-up. She studied Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University and received her MBA from Duke University.
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.
Elise Leben
Sales Development
Elise is often the first person a prospective customer speaks with at MyVR. Elise graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Public Relations. As an SDR, Elise works to determine if the MyVR platform is a good match for a property manager’s business. Prior to MyVR, she worked in economic development assisting startups with expansion and relocation to the Northern Nevada region. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and live music!
Bryan Keeney
Sr. Software Engineer
Prior to joining the team Bryan worked in casino gaming and consumer finance where he built products with a focus on customer usability. He graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with a bachelors in software engineering and a minor in mathematics. In his spare time he enjoys long walks in the mountains and playing ultimate frisbee.
George Spark-Stahl
Sr. Software Engineer
Senior engineer with 15 years of software development experience in small and large teams. A genuinely nice guy with a striving eagerness to expand knowledge in new technologies, bees, and building rad stuff. Previously, George wrote the software for IGT's gaming machines.
Brett Newsome
Finance
Brett is responsible for the finance, accounting, and legal functions at MyVR. He is a Silicon Valley veteran who has spent the last 18 years building growth focused technology companies. Prior to MyVR, Brett led finance operations and strategy for SaaS and cyber security companies including UltraDNS, GoGrid, Joyent, and RiskSense. Brett is a native of Richmond, VA and a graduate of James Madison University.
Jess Milligan
Customer Success
Jess is a passionate customer success advocate fostering ongoing, value-driven relationships between our company and our customers. Her technical roots began at Google where she drove impact for both SMB and Enterprise clients who used Google’s AdWords platform. Always attracted to fast-paced environments, her work history includes dynamic roles within public policy and digital marketing industries. She’s a UC San Diego alumna and California native who recently migrated to, and loves, Reno, NV.
Caroline Griffith
Marketing
Caroline joined MyVR's marketing team as a Demand Generation specialist. Although she spent the first 4 years of her career as a Sales Consultant in the financial services industry, she found her home in Marketing two years ago and has since become passionate about driving demand and lead engagement. A New England native, Caroline moved to California in early 2017, she graduated from UConn in 2012 with BA's in Journalism, English and Economics.
Amber Diehl
Technical Support
Amber is responsible for leading our technical support team as a Customer Support Manager, where she strives to build and maintain positive relationships with our customers. She has a passion for establishing spirited, customer-focused teams and has a background in supporting SaaS/FinTech applications. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, genealogy, and travel — including occasional trips to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Lindsay Barrett
Technical Support
As part of the support team, Lindsay is eager to help customers succeed by resolving their technical issues. Lindsay began her career in technology after enrolling in a web development boot camp which honed her problem-solving and programming skills. When not debugging issues, she is hiking Lake Tahoe, creating logos or learning to code. Lindsay graduated with a degree in Communications and Design from Carson-Newman University in east Tennessee.
Kevin Poglitsch
Technical Support
Kevin has built his career providing excellent technical support to customers at a wide range of companies (from startups to Fortune 500) – and is thrilled to now be helping customers of MyVR. Kevin is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins and is committed to continually honing his knowledge of various technical concepts. Kevin recently relocated to Reno and, when not troubleshooting problems, he can be found dabbling in photography, gaming, or listening to music.
Nicole Wagner
Sales
Nicole has a true passion for developing long lasting relationships. Before joining MyVR, Nicole spent 6 years at HomeAway working with owners and property managers and 2 years in VR property management. She is excited to bring her tenacity and competitive spirit to the MyVR sales team. When she isn’t dining at the newest hot spot or catching a live show in Austin, TX , Nicole and her wife enjoy entertaining friends and hosting game nights.
Niamh Fitzsimon
Design / Engineering
Niamh is a designer and software engineer passionate about finding a balance between the two. She joined MyVR as a Priya Haji Fellow after graduating with degrees in Computer Science and Art from Pace University, where she focused on mobile development, design thinking and digital illustration. As a San Francisco native, Niamh loves visiting museums and trying out new restaurants.
Joseph Bauer
Marketing
Joseph joined MyVR's marketing team as an SEO analyst after graduating from Boston College. A long-standing passion for entrepreneurship inspired him to create an iOS app for BC students and eventually led him to move to San Francisco after graduation to become a True Ventures’ Priya Haji Fellow. In his free time, Joseph enjoys drawing, playing golf, and cheering on the Eagles.
Ellen Pham
Marketing
Ellen recently graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Government. Prior to joining MyVR as a Priya Haji Fellow, Ellen interned in finance at eBay and Morgan Stanley. She is excited to leverage her analytical skills to optimize MyVR's digital marketing. When she's not attending a local networking event or concert, she enjoys exploring new places in San Francisco, spending time in nature and drinking tea.
Brent McCullough
Product
Brent leads MyVR product strategy and has a knack for solving hard problems with technology. Prior to MyVR, Brent was the first employee and eventual CPO at RedAwning, with the mission of driving PM success in the new era of distribution. In his free time, he likes to do parkour, aerial and ferment foods. Brent has an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from San Francisco State.
Anne Kohn
Customer Success
Anne has a passion for project management and she uses her skills to empower businesses to thrive with MyVR's platform capabilities. Previously, she served as a Customer Success Manager for Intuit and as a Digital Marketing Manager for a local investment firm. She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in International Affairs. Outside of work, Anne loves to hike, run, or snowboard in the Sierra Nevadas.
Chang Kim
Account Manager
Chang is an account manager who knows what it’s like to be a MyVR customer. He used to be one while leading operations for Voyajoy! Prior to that, he was COO at RESI Housing. Other experience includes senior ops positions in private equity, real estate, telecommunications, and supply chain. Chang earned a BA in Economics from Stanford and can solve the Saturday NYT Crossword in under 15 minutes.
Joelle Ourtiague
Sales Development
Joelle is one of the first people to interact with MyVR’s prospective clients – and she enjoys developing those relationships. Joelle has a background in Business Development for startups and is a graduate of the University of Nevada. Although once a San Franciscan, she has evolved into an active Renoite. Outside of work, Joelle enjoys trying new restaurants and visiting new cities. She is also closely involved with her unique Basque heritage.
Karly Bolger
Product
Karly is passionate about building products to help make life easier. She has spent that past 5 years in the real estate tech industry working on both mortgage and short term rental products. Karly graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in mathematics. When Karly is not at work she loves to travel and explore new places.

Our investors

MyVR is thankful to have some of the best and most helpful investors out there. We couldn't do it without them. The long list include awesome folks like Y Combinator, True Ventures, SV Angel, Chris Dixon, Alex Rampell, Paul Buchheit, Clem Bason, and Ben Boyer.