Kirby Winfield is jumping back into the startup game after his previous company, AdXpose, was sold to comScore for $22 million. Winfield was just named CEO of Dwellable, the vacation rental search service started by serial entrepreneur Adam Doppelt. (It has been a busy week of news for Doppelt, who exchanged his Twitter handle with AMD and dealt with a fake resume). Winfield replaces Brenda Spoonemore who has left the company to serve as an advisor to companies in the digital content and e-commerce arenas. She remains an advisor and investor.
Winfield, who prior to AdXpose worked at Marchex and Go2Net, said he was attracted to the big opportunity in front of Dwellable, which is attempting to be the prime source of vacation rental listings. Winfield said he was attracted to the company, which competes against industry giant HomeAway, for three reasons.
“First, we’re focused on solving a real, big problem for consumers: only about 5 percent of all vacation rental properties can be discovered online today, and those that can be found are often described with very little detail, display low quality photography, or are outright misrepresented. Second, Dwellable is already the leader in the vacation rental space in mobile. More than half of Dwellable’s business occurs via our mobile apps, which is a unique advantage in a world where most vacation search experiences are designed for the Web. And third, it’s still early enough to be exciting – there are a lot of unknowns, and the rocket-ship growth is still ahead of us,” he says.
Dwellable has bootstrapped itself to success, much like Doppelt’s other company, Urbanspoon. Winfield said that they will continue to bootstrap the company, noting that the “great thing about search as a technology is how scalable it can be with relatively low overhead.” More from Winfield on why chose Dwellable in this blog post.
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