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Published July 5, 2022

About This Episode

Meet Justine Palefsky, co-founder of Kindred — a members-only community for home swapping.

Growing up, Justine loved to read, ideate, and create. Her parents originally moved to San Francisco to follow the Grateful Dead and encouraged Justine to dream big and take bold risks even if others didn’t quite get it.

Justine has always loved to travel.  When COVID hit, Justine, like many folks, started dreaming about what it would look like to live in different cities throughout the year. 

She started looking into buying short term rentals in markets like Tahoe, but soon realized that, for her, it was less about owning real estate, and more about having the ability to live and work in different locations throughout the year.

And it was this revelation that sparked the initial idea which would become Kindred

Follow Justine on Twitter here.

Learn more about Kindred by visiting their website

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About the Host

Zach Busekrus

Co-Founder of Sponstayneous

Zach is the Co-Founder of Sponstayneous, a weekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb. When COVID hit, he and his wife Gabby broke out of the lease on their 750-square foot apartment in Washington, DC to beta test the digital nomad lifestyle. Zach and Gabby have spent the past year living full-time on Airbnb — they've stayed in 50+ homes to date! 

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