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Published July 19, 2022

About This Episode

Meet Madison Rifikin — Founder and CEO of Mount, a platform designed to help short term rental hosts upsell their guests. 

Madison has always been a tinkerer. In 5th grade, she had the opportunity to enroll in an innovation program…and she was pretty much hooked on building things after that.

One of the first products she built was a smart bike lock, which she’d go on to sell to some of the most well-known scooter brands in the industry. 

Tune in to hear the fantastic story of how selling locks to the Bird’s and Lime’s of the world led to Madison building a platform for STR hosts to turn just about anything into a rentable amenity. 

Learn more about Mount by visiting their website

Connect with Madison on LinkedIn

This week's episode of Behind the Stays is brought to you by Ping — the secret tool the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.

Ping makes it easy for guests to be notified when their favorite Airbnbs become available. 

Ping is a simple widget that lives on your website (or direct booking site) and allows your fans and followers to sign up to be notified if their preferred dates become available.  

Here’s how it works. 

Jimmy sees that you’re booked the whole month of October, but he wants to be notified if any 3-night window in the month becomes available.

Jen is a returning guest and wants to be notified if any week in June, July, or August becomes available. 

In a matter of seconds, Jimmy and Jen fill out the simple form and will be Pinged if their requested dates become available. 

And as a host, you will immediately get pinged via email with Jimmy and Jen’s contact information and requested dates enabling you to build up your own database of guest email addresses.

Ping — it's what the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.

Sign up for free at www.bnbping.com

Behind the Stays is brought to you each week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  
 
You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com 

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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