S. Philip Kennard co-founded Futurestay to give millions of rentalpreneuers around the world the power to build stable, successful short-term rental businesses.
Philip secured his first commercial software development contract at age 15, prior to completing his degree at the University of Virginia with a Psychology/Biology concentration. He leveraged that contract to launch a real estate focused tech consultancy that developed the first real-time site plan management software, serving some of the largest names in global real estate including Brookfield Properties and Renaissance Properties.
He then founded and sold a tech venture focused on reducing the complexity of digital distribution and digital marketing for service and hospitality businesses. The experiences of leading digital marketing and distribution projects made clear that the digitization of real estate, and hospitality was inescapable and impending, but suppliers were ill prepared. Futurestay, the Operating System for Short-Term Rentals, was born. Along with Co-Founder Jonathan Fabio, Philip designed, developed and launched the MVP of Futurestay.
Under Philip’s leadership as CEO, Futurestay has helped thousands of rentalpreneuers around the world build successful short-term rental businesses, raised $16M of venture capital, formed exclusive and strategic partnerships with the largest enterprise companies in travel including Google and Booking.com, and driven over $100M in bookings to its users.
Philip’s contagious passion and clarity of vision has garnered numerous awards and accolades for Futurestay, including Vacation Rental Management Assoc’s ‘Innovator of the Year’, American Resort Developers Assoc. ‘Innovation Fast Track’, Phocuswright’s ‘Hot Travel Startups’, Skift’s ‘Top Startups’, and landed Philip a position on the VR Tech ‘Most Influential Short-Term Rental Professionals’ list. He’s relentlessly driven to continue scaling Futurestay and deliver on the mission to empower everyone, everywhere to build successful short-term rental businesses.