Flashpoint participates in $170 Million Guesty funding round
The round will accelerate Guesty’s international business growth, fuel continued expansion into new verticals, and enhance its industry-leading property management technology and platform to meet the evolving needs of every type of hospitality operator
Tel Aviv, Israel & Los Angeles, CA — August 16, 2022 — Guesty, the leading property management platform for the short-term rental and hospitality industry, today announced it had raised a $170 Million funding round, led by the Apax Digital Funds, MSD Partners and Sixth Street Growth. Existing investors Viola Growth and Flashpoint also participated in the round. The Series E capital will be used to scale the company’s global operations to meet increasing demand, pioneer new solutions that support the growing needs of hospitality operators, secure key acquisitions, and expand into new business verticals to solidify Guesty’s position as the industry’s gold-standard property management platform.
Alexander Konoplyasty, Managing Partner at Flashpoint Venture Capital commented: “Flashpoint is glad to continue supporting Guesty from the early days and delighted to see new partners joining the captable. Current transaction displays a great achievement by the management team and market leadership by the company.”
“Despite an exceptionally challenging fundraising climate, the funding Guesty has raised is a vote of confidence in the travel and short-term rental ecosystem, and an endorsement of our pioneering technology and position as the market leaders of the hospitality and property management software sector,’’ said Guesty’s Co-founder & CEO, Amiad Soto. “As alternative accommodations surge in popularity, Guesty has come out a clear winner thanks to our commitment to prioritizing innovation and ability to help our customers become more successful. We thank our existing partners Apax — who are increasing their commitment to Guesty — and are excited to welcome aboard MSD Partners and Sixth Street, whose strong track records in our ecosystem make them ideal long-term partners. As we continue to expand globally and grow our market leadership, we look forward to providing hospitality managers with even more value in the coming months and years.”
Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, the short-term rental (STR) industry has grown exponentially, with travelers spending more than $200 billion on STR accommodations in 2021 alone. As the ways consumers choose to live, work, socialize and travel continue to shift, the lines between traditional hotels and rental accommodations have blurred. This trend has accelerated the need for versatile hospitality management technology as operators across the board adapt to new and elevated guest expectations. Guesty’s solution equips hospitality providers of all sizes and accommodation types with an all-encompassing platform to optimize and scale operations, manage and distribute inventory — along with the tools, data-driven insights, and enhanced services to effectively respond to these market trends and empower them to succeed.
Customers use Guesty to centralize their reservations across all major booking channels, including Airbnb, Vrbo, Expedia, and Booking.com. The platform automates and expedites guest communications, reviews, cleaning, and other operational tasks, while also facilitating direct bookings, resource and revenue management, smooth payments systems, accounting, and damage protection. With its large marketplace of third-party integration partners and its open API capabilities, the platform adapts to specific business and operational requirements, providing comprehensive and bespoke solutions that serve as a one-stop-shop covering all property management needs.
“As alternative property management operations become more complex, Guesty is paving the way for the next generation of digital hospitality services,” said Dave Evans, Partner at Apax Digital. “Their track record of success and innovation, along with their platform’s growing suite of tools and intuitive user experience has Guesty positioned to define and consolidate its category, working with hosting businesses of all sizes. We are excited to continue partnering with the company as it continues to transform the industry.”
“In a largely specialized and localized industry, there is a huge opportunity to bring a global standard of service and excellence to hospitality operators of all shapes and sizes,” said Dan Bitar, Managing Director and co-Head of MSD Growth. “Guesty’s robust product offerings, strong R&D team, and proven ability to scale the business across geographies make it the ideal platform to consolidate the currently fragmented market.”
“The tech-enabled real estate ecosystem continues to grow and mature, and we look forward to joining Guesty on its journey to democratize and further professionalize the property management space,” said Michael McGinn, Partner, and Co-Head of Sixth Street Growth. “With Guesty’s strong management team, long-term vision, product innovation, and marquee customers and partners, we have full confidence in the company’s ability to cement further its leadership in the world of hospitality and property management.”
The latest funding round comes at an exciting time for Guesty, having tripled its valuation and doubled its revenues since its last raise. In 2021 and 2022, Guesty launched numerous new products, services, and technology partnerships as part of its core platform — including advanced accounting tools, damage protection offerings, and payment solutions tailored for property management of short-term rentals. The company’s sustained growth has it positioned to reach $100M in revenues within the following year. Guesty previously acquired property management platform companies MyVR and YourPorter and plans further acquisitions in the near future.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as the sole placement agent on the transaction.
Guesty is the world’s leading property management platform for the short-term, vacation rental, and hospitality industry. Serving everyone from hosts to hotel brands, customers utilize Guesty’s platform and solutions to centralize their reservations, guest communication, operational tasks, cleaning management, and more across all the major booking OTA channels, including Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, Tripadvisor, Expedia, Agoda, direct booking websites and more. With 14 offices serving customers worldwide, Guesty empowers hospitality operators to save time and resources so that they can focus on maximizing occupancy, ensuring a great guest experience, and growing their business. For more information visit https://www.guesty.com/.
About Apax Digital
The Apax Digital Fund specializes in growth equity and growth buyout investments in high-growth enterprise software, consumer internet, and technology-enabled services companies worldwide. The Apax Digital team leverages Apax’s deep tech investing expertise, global platform, and specialized operating experts, to enable technology companies and their management teams to accelerate the achievement of their full potential. For further information, please visit www.apaxdigital.com.
About Sixth Street
Sixth Street is a global investment firm with over $60 billion in assets under management and committed capital. Sixth Street Growth is the firm’s dedicated platform for making private investments in growth companies. The Sixth Street Growth team partners with companies and management teams to provide bespoke, accretive financing solutions to accelerate organic and inorganic growth. Sixth Street has invested over $5 billion in more than 40 companies in its growth investing strategy since inception. Select current and past representative Sixth Street Growth investments include Airbnb, AvidXchange, Contentsquare, Datavant, Gainsight, Heap, MDLIVE, Spotify, and Sprinklr. For more information, visit www.sixthstreetgrowth.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter (@sixthstreetnews), and Instagram (@sixthstreetpartners).
About MSD Partners
MSD Partners, L.P. is a leading investment firm focused on maximizing long-term capital appreciation across its core areas of investing expertise — Credit, Growth, Private Capital and Real Estate. The Firm deploys capital on behalf of Dell Technologies founder and CEO Michael Dell and his family, as well as other like-minded, long-term-oriented investors. MSD Growth seeks to back exceptional growth businesses with proven unit economics and strong commercial acceptance of their products, including companies such as 6Sense, Fanatics, Flexport, iCapital and Stripe. For further information about MSD Partners, please see www.msdpartners.com.