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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.
BUILD. QUESTION. RESPECT.
HotelTonight is a pioneer in mobile commerce. We build the world’s best mobile apps for booking hotels. Our team is passionate about delivering a flawless customer experience as we play matchmaker between people who need a hotel and otherwise-empty hotel rooms.
Every day, we’re accomplishing our mission of making the world a more spontaneous and exciting place. You’re welcome, world.
We set aggressive goals and work hard to crush them, but we make time to decompress, whether a ping pong throw down or hosting an impromptu happy hour at our hotel-inspired full bar (yup). If you like an environment that rewards great ideas, initiative and hard work – contributing to products that will be seen and used by millions – then we want to work with you.
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.
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.
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.
SAM “MAC” MACDONNELL | CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
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.
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WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM US
- True startup experience – no bureaucracy and the opportunity to have a real impact on the business
- A chance to become an expert in mobile travel while it’s a rapidly growing industry
- Camaraderie of an amazing team that is working tirelessly to build the world's leading accommodation app of the mobile era
- Great SF office location at 5th and Market
- Excellent health, dental, vision and 401k plans. Pre-IPO stock options, too.
- Sweet perks:
- Quarterly travel stipend
- Catered lunches and breakfast several times a week
- Unlimited coffee and snacks
- Subsidized gym membership at Equinox
- Access to our very own hotel-inspired full bar
- Spontaneous free trips
- A gong that you’ll get to bang when you achieve something amazing
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HT has a great collaborative team environment where everyone is energized to come into work everyday. The people here are passionate about our product, the work we do, and the partners/customers we serve in a culture that fosters professional development and keeps us challenged. I like how transparent the company is and we have weekly meetings and product demos that keeps everyone engaged and accountable for the future of the company. We're doing some awesome things and I'm excited for what's ahead.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Hotel Tonight (San Francisco, CA).
Interview process was very disorganized. For both of my two first interviews the interviewers were either late or totally missed the entire interview requiring it to be rescheduled. The Company let a substantial period of time lapse between reaching back out to schedule next rounds at which point I opted out of the process based on what I thought this said about he Company culture. Additinally, my understanding is pay was pretty poor for this role give it is a position that impacts the business's P&L.
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Founded in 2010, HotelTonight is a mobile app for booking hand-selected hotels at great prices, from tonight to up to 7 days in advance. HotelTonight helps consumers plan less and live more, by offering incredible convenience and amazing value at hotels vetted by the HT team. For hotels, HotelTonight is a strategic partner for filling rooms that would otherwise remain empty ...
Mission: To enable people to take advantage of the serendipity of life.