VRWS Leadership Interview of the Day

In approaching the 11th edition of the Vacation Rental World Summit, we’re releasing a series of interviews to leaders, key players and highly motivated people in our industry whose companies make a deep impact in our space and will be present at VRWS.

The aim is to get you some insight into these leaders and the company they founded, manage or work for, as well as getting some behind the scenes on their thinking, their motivation and their drive.

Marcus Räder

Marcus Räder

Founder & CEO at Hostaway

1.What do you do for a living and which part of your job do you enjoy the most? 

As the CEO and Co-Founder of the world’s biggest vacation rental software, I spend a lot of my time helping our executive team, customers and partners to excel. The part I enjoy the most is of course, the people that make this industry so unique. I have to travel a lot for work, and getting to meet our customers around the world and hear their stories is what really motivates me to get up in the morning. As we are fully remote, I can also work from almost any location.

2. How does your company innovate or adapt to the evolving needs of the vacation rental space? 

Right now there are two big themes – being an all-in-one software and the impact of AI. We have implemented smartlocks as a part of the Hostaway offering, and are planning to launch a lot of additional features and services this year. We are also constantly working on adding more AI-based functionalities to our platform.

3. How do you view the various predictions about AI’s impact on society, ranging from dystopian scenarios to transformative advancements, and how does your company approach or integrate AI technology? 

Within the Hostaway platform, our customers can use AI for guest messaging, content creation and marketing. Internally we use a variety of tools that improve our customer support, the reliability of software and the speed of development, even recruitment!

4. What would you like to achieve by attending the Vacation Rental World Summit 2024 in Porto with your company? 

I’ve never been to VRWS but am a big fan of Antonio. His passion for the industry is what also drives us to excellence – and attending an event organized by him is a big honour.

5. What are your passions, including any hobbies or sports, that you enjoy discussing and sharing with others outside the professional setting?

Travel is a massive hobby of mine. This year, I have booked 225 travel days so far… and I tend to have my family with me too. Running is what I love doing when I travel, and I’ve ran half marathons around the world this year. I’m not only a huge heavy metal fan, I play and collect guitars too. Come talk to me about that ESP MX-250ii or the Ouija and you’ll see my eyes lit up!

You’ll have the opportunity to meet Marcus directly at VRWS in Porto

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