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#049: Amazing Hospitality Isn’t Just Reserved for Five Star Hotels – Cloudbeds

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Adam Harris – CEO & Founder of Cloudbeds – @cloudbeds – San Diego, California

*Podcast recorded above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.


  • Adam Harris, the CEO and Co-Founder of Cloudbeds joined us above the butcher shop to talk about the challenges he faced when building their an end-to-end hotel management software company.
  • Today Cloudbeds has over two hundred employees in 31 countries and supports over 20,000 hotels. Cloudbeds has offices in San Diego, Brazil, Ireland, and Thailand.
  • Adam Harris shares his experiences from learning how to effectively communicate with investors, how to raise capital and the challenges in “divorcing” a business partner.

Cloudbed Awards

  • Hotel Tech Report – 10 Best Places in Hotel Tech to Work 2018
  • Inc Best Places to Work 2017
  • San Diego Venture Group Cool Company – 2015
  • Startup San Diego – Disruptive Tech – 2015
  • Connect Most Innovative New Product Awards – 2014

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Shareable Quotes From This Podcast:

  • “People first, customers second, business third” {6:50} – Adam
  • “No shortage of where technology can drive us” {10:15} – Adam
  • “You can take something from every place that you go” {12:30} – Derek
  • “It has been an incredible journey” {26:10} –Adam
  • “A little bit of luck is a part of business” {30:30} – Adam
  • “I always want my employees to feel empowered” {50:00}–Derek
  • “Leaders have two responsibilities to hit the numbers, and to create an environment for your staff and yourself to succeed in” {52:50}- Adam

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