the year Direct launched as a modern, all-in-one Property Management System (PMS) designed specifically for the short-term rental industry.
founders with two winding paths that converged before a huge problem was unearthed.
successful businesses created within the short-term rental space led to the launch of Direct.
years of using technology in the rental management space and running businesses with SaaS technology.
Prior to meeting, Wes co-founded a marketplace that consolidated professionally managed vacation rental inventory called Vaystays, a spinoff of another niche vacation rental marketplace he helped launch with his previous partners in the late 2000’s called GamedayHousing.
While successfully leading hotel & resort business development efforts at Groupon Getaways, Chad witnessed first-hand the impact alternative lodging was making in the travel space, and he quickly decided to make the leap into the startup world joining Wes at Vaystays.
After growing the B2C marketplace in one year to over 40,000 professionally managed units worldwide, over 300 suppliers, and millions in bookings, they identified a major industry problem: in order to manage and monetize short-term rental inventory, 10+ outdated, disconnected, and costly software tools were required.