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My guest this week is Jasper Ribbers of the Short Term Rental Profit Academy and author of Get Paid for Your Pad. Jasper has been in the short-term rental space since 2012 when he started renting his place in Amsterdam on Airbnb and then used the proceeds to travel the world. He’s currently based in Barcelona and we had a great conversation about the challenges the STR industry is having as well as some great advice.

Highlights include:

  • Owners are looking more and more at direct booking solutions.
  • Those who are doing well are adapting and trying new things…

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We started Private Porch in mid-2019 and wanted to build a rental platform that was focused on owners and hosts, that was private and was for the people that don’t necessarily rent or share their places. Then the world kind of came to (a brief) end. Talk about horrible timing. But then again, I’m a person who tries to see the good-in-the-bad; every disaster is an opportunity and a chance to rethink things and create something better.

I spent over a decade in the open source software world. It’s where software is created as a collective for the betterment of…


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My guest this week is Adam Rose from Property Guard. Adam is a Civil Engineer by education/training and currently quarantined in Dallas, TX. It was great to get a different perspective based on what his company does for property managers and owners of large properties like apartment complexes and condos. At first they needed tools to combat people turning their rentals into STRs and now it’s become a way for them to understand and peacefully co-exist.

Highlights include:

  • Deep dive on what Property Guard does (this was my fault; I asked for it)
  • Talked about what the pandemic has done…

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Eric Mason was on the podcast this week (full-disclosure: he’s a Private Porch advisor) and we covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Eric has been in leadership roles in a variety of industries and most recently focused on shared accommodation industry known as the Vacation Rental or Hosted Accommodation industry.

Highlights include:

  • “OTAs will need to let hosts brands shine through” on the other side of this
  • Owners will be asking the question “how do I claw back more control?”
  • Changes from both the COVID & Google effects need to be considered now
  • Lots…

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“It’s times like these,” my grandfather used to say, “that define our character.”

So if you take my grandfather’s word, then this is a time to better ourselves, our businesses, and our world. That’s what we are doing — connecting frontline medical heroes with hosts who want to do their part.

Frontline Stays is Private Porch’s initiative to connect traveling and quarantining medical professionals with suitable lodging near their work — a place where they can commute to their patients but shelter away from their own home to protect their families there. …


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Colin Carvey runs Revedy which helps potential vacation home owners figure out the best place to buy. Previously at Vacasa with a long career in FinServ before that Colin is a passionate entrepreneur with a solid understanding of the space. Our discussion was great and I think we both made each other laugh. Great insight on the space and another person that is upbeat about the opportunities that will exist on the other side of this.

Highlights include:

  • “Vacation rental market is all about eco-systems”
  • “Owners need demand with flexibility” — regarding the role of OTAs moving forward
  • “Managing…

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Andrew Schulz runs Noiseware.io which has created the smoke detector for noise. It allows owners to be proactively monitoring for noise in their homes and gives the ability to notify guests if it gets too loud. An electrical engineer by training, Andrew has built a great company with a product that is truly helpful for owners while making sure to be “privacy safe” for the guests.

Andrew is hunkered down in Dallas with his team working remotely. He’s clearly a sharp mind and has some great thoughts on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead post COVID-19.


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My guest this episode is Na’ím Anís Paymán from Zeevou. Na’ím is in lockdown in Austria right now and his company is based in the UK. We covered a range of topics including what Zeevou is all about, COVID-19 response and what the “new world order” looks like after this is all over.

Highlights include:

  • “The OTAs done unjust actions against owners” during this crisis
  • The future: “Owners will need solutions for booking direct”
  • heretohelp.direct — a site for first-responders to find cheap accommodations
  • Read Na’ím’s post about “Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis”
  • Na’ím is hosting a regular Q&A…

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My guest this week is Jeremy Gall from Breezeway.io. It was a great discussion with both of us in our respective lockdowns. Jeremy is really insightful and had some great advice for owners during these crazy times. You can tell he’s been in this industry for awhile given the perspective he has.

Highlights include:

  • “Property management is a hard job to do right”
  • The future: “OTAs will need to be more transparent moving forward”
  • Most importantly: what’s he watching? (although with full-time work and kids at home it’s not that much)

Thanks for listening and if you have a…


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My guest this week is Dan Weber from AirbnbHell.com. Dan and I had a good conversation talking through COVID-19 issues and a variety of other topics including his harrowing adventures trying to return from the Philippines during the lockdown.

Airbnbhell.com is a place for hosts and guests to find resources for getting help with Airbnb and to generally vent. Dan has been running the site now for 5+ years and has definitely heard his share of stories.

Thanks for listening and if you have a guest that you think might be interesting for “The Invited Guest” by all means don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ve got several more guests I’ll be interviewing in the coming weeks and always looking for more insight. After all, we have nothing but time for content these days. 🙂

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