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HotelTonight Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
2010
Company - Private
Hotels, Motels, & Resorts
Unknown / Non-Applicable
HotelTonight makes it remarkably easy to book great hotels at amazing rates on your mobile device, for tonight, tomorrow and beyond. When hotels have unsold rooms they load them onto the app, which means incredible deals. We screen every hotel featured and only work with ones ... Read more

Mission: To make people feel more alive by delivering the unexpected.

Company Updates

  • Our Chief of Data and Strategy, Amanda, drops some knowledge and helps other startups avoid huge data mistakes.

    The Four Cringe-Worthy Mistakes Too Many Startups Make with Data

    If there's one thing that grinds Amanda Richardson 's gears, it's fads. As Chief Data and Strategy Officer for HotelTonight (she was previously their VP Product), she oversees 400 to 500 data events for an app with millions of monthly users. Her team registers hundreds of events from every user session.

  • Add this to your podcast playlist: Sam Shank chats with Forbes about HotelTonight's early days & how the app has evolved over time.

    PODCAST: How Sam Shank Turned 'Hotel Tonight' Into The Instagram Of Travel Apps

    Through its slick and simple interface, Hotel Tonight sells unsold rooms at boutique and independent hotels to both business travelers and millennials who prioritize experience over stuff.

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HotelTonight – Why Work For Us?


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We built HotelTonight because we believe in a life less planned. In a life rich in experiences, not things. In the endless possibilities of the night ahead, and the night after that. We know that one ten-second decision can completely change the course of your day, in the best possible way.

So we make it remarkably easy to book great hotels at amazing last-minute rates on your mobile device, for tonight, tomorrow and next week. When hotels have unsold rooms, they load them on the app, which means you get incredible deals. We screen every hotel featured, and only work with ones you'll love. By booking on HotelTonight you get the flexibility to play it by ear, while knowing you'll get a great price and a great place to stay.

Give us ten seconds and we'll get you a great deal at your soon-to-be favorite hotel. And we'll turn an average night into a 'tonight' you'll always remember.


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BUILD. QUESTION. RESPECT. 

HotelTonight is a pioneer in mobile commerce. Our team is passionate about delivering a flawless customer experience as we play matchmaker between great hotels with unsold rooms and the on-the-go people who want to book them. Every day, we're accomplishing our mission of making people feel more alive by delivering the unexpected.

We set aggressive goals and work hard to crush them, but we make time to decompress, whether it's a ping pong throw down or hosting an impromptu happy hour at our hotel-inspired full bar. 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.

Our VP of People, Jeff Ehrenberg, on our values Build, Question and Respect

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SAM SHANK | CEO & CO-FOUNDER

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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

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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

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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 MACDONNELL “MAC” CTO

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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


TONY GRIMMINCK | CFO

An avid cyclist and champagne backpacker who has roamed through 5 of the continents, Tony focuses on driving profitable growth at HotelTonight. He previously was the Senior Director of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Development at StubHub, an eBay Company and prior to that an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. Tony started out his career as an officer in the Australian Army getting a taste of alternate lodging whilst on operations in Africa, East Timor and the Middle East. He HotelTonights at Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma.

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RAY ELIAS | CMO

An avid snowboarder and runner, but not at the same time, Ray is responsible for brand, communications, customer acquisition and customer retention. Ray was previously CMO at StubHub, acquired by eBay in 2007, and led search marketing at Esurance, which was acquired by Allstate in 2011. He was named “40 Under 40” by Sports Business Journal in 2013. He began his career in the late nineties with early stage Internet start-ups in the Action Sports and Health and Fitness verticals. He HotelTonights at h2 Hotel in Healdsburg.


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Deyola - GM, Caribbean

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HotelTonight Reviews

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    I have been working at HotelTonight full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working from home, great pay, excellent benefits, awesome team, amazing co-workers, fast paced, overtime opportunities, excellent support from shift supervisors, team leads listen and take feedback that's given and take action on issues.

    Cons

    All contact channels can get really busy at the same time and it gets overwhelming, holidays are super busy, you're guaranteed to work. There's not honestly a lot that I can say is a con

    Advice to Management

    Need additional support across all channels during the summer time, otherwise, keep doing what you're doing, honestly, the support is amazing, the feedback, development, everything.

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HotelTonight Photos

HotelTonight photo of: Party central at HQ for our 7th birthday!
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HotelTonight Interviews

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    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at HotelTonight (San Francisco, CA).

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    The interview process was fantastic. The recruiter and hiring manager were incredibly friendly and helpful, kept me updated at every stage of the process with feedback from the interview team, and made sure I knew what the next steps were. Everyone I spoke with seemed really well prepared and each meeting felt more like a really good conversation than an interview.

    They prepared me very well for the Test Drive (leading a group conversation around a topic in your area of expertise) and the hiring manager made himself available to answer any questions I had about the format, my talking points, or what the team was looking for. Compared to formal presentations I have made during interviews with other companies, the test drive gave me a much better idea of what it's like to actually work at HotelTonight, as opposed to what it's like to just interview there. I could tell that they are a collaborative, respectful, fun, and supportive group, and I walked away feeling more confident that it was a fit for me than I had with other companies I was interviewing with. It was a lot of work to prepare, but it was worth it because I got just as much out of it as they did.

    Interview Questions

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HotelTonight Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2017
  • The 2017 Wealthfront Career-Launching Companies List, Wealthfront, 2017
  • Android Excellence Apps, Google Play, 2017
  • Best On-Demand Service, Crunchies Awards, 2015
  • Mobile Sites & Apps Travel (handheld devices), Webby Awards Nominee, 2016
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