Scott Shatford is the founder of AirDNA, which is (by my estimates) the most cited resource in the short term rental industry. I have been virtual friends with Scott since about 5 years back when he and I were sort of dueling vacation rental experts.

Me exhausted after interviewing Scott

But soon thereafter, Scott took the relatively simple idea of compiling all the data on Airbnb properties and built it atop a fascinating business model. Lately, AirDNA is getting more and more into the general vacation rental space, so the conversation with Scott is about much more than just hobbyists on Airbnb…you’ll be hearing their name more and more.

He was at VRMA in New Orleans so I stole the opportunity to ask all my annoying questions:

  • How Scott started the company (and continues to run it) with his Dad!?!?
  • How he and his wife (an influencer herself) book vacation rentals when they go on vacation
  • And why the seemingly rude idea of “scraping” is actually a best practice that can help every stakeholder of our movement.

I also gotta say, Scott is also just really cool guy — it’s been neat to watch him (like so many of our industry colleagues) building and evolving over the last 5 years. I say this often and will say it again: We get to watch one another grow!

If you want to innovate like Scott, consider a demo with our friends at PointCentral (free HVAC Analytics included from this landing page):

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Shout out to Future Stay

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