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How to Build Better STR Technology — And the Powerful Network Effects of Podcasting

Meet John Stokinger — Co-Host of the No BS Short-Term Rental Podcast and the Director of Sales at Direct, a SaaS platform for short-term rental property and reservation management.

In this wide-ranging conversation, John and I talk about his time at the popular start-up, Hopper, how to build better technology platforms for short-term rental hosts, the pros and cons of industry events, and the powerful network effects of podcasting. 

Connect with John on LinkedIn

Check out The No BS Short-Term Rental Podcast

Learn more about Direct.

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About the Show

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Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.