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About us

At TravelNest, we’re building a better way for owners to advertise and market their holiday rental properties.

A way that’s simple and stress-free, whether they have one property or many properties to fill.

Here's our story.

We think it's pretty awesome.

Where it all began

TravelNest was founded by Doug Stephenson in 2015. He saw first hand the difficulties his parents faced in trying to successfully rent out their holiday cottages and lodges. Despite spending lots of time advertising them in different ways, the market was so fragmented that nothing quite worked. If they were having problems standing out, then other owners were too.

An entrepreneur at heart, Doug realised there was an opportunity to power short-term holiday property advertising in a new way.

"I'm proud to have transformed TravelNest from an early idea into a super exciting business. We're shaking up the short-term rentals market by offering property owners a game-changing way to advertise their properties."
Doug StephensonFounder and CEO
Late nights, ambition and Barry

Working nights and weekends, TravelNest came to life. Doug quit his day job in marketing and worked full-time on setting up the business from a tiny office in Dundee. We took on our first employee, Barry Evans in 2016. As Product Operations Manager he remains a key member of the TravelNest team today. Right from the start, we attracted a wide range of properties. We still do today. It's one of the many great things about TravelNest - it works for so many different types of vacation rental. From lodges, cottages and chalets to luxury villas, city flats and penthouses - we've got them all!

Building a superhero team

Our objective was to assemble a talented team of engineering gurus and software experts to build the TravelNest platform and take the business to the next level. As we started to grow, word got about us and what we offer. Vacation rental owners started to join us, so we invested in our sales and customer success teams.   

As demand grew, the need for a software solution which could maximise bookings for holiday rentals became clear.

Ready for lift off

Things really started to take off in 2017, when we secured £3m in seed funding from investors including Pentech Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners, Frontline Ventures and Mark Logan, former Chief Operations Officer at Skyscanner. In 2018, Scottish Enterprise awarded us a £2.3m grant to accelerate our growth, with Public Finance and Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes popping by TravelNest HQ for a cuppa. Read more about our success in The Times.

To infinity and beyond!

We’re super ambitious and have exciting plans for continued sustainable growth. We want to scale our operations and propel our efforts globally. Now based in the heart of Edinburgh, we have around 50 people working across our engineering, data, design, marketing, sales, finance, people, customer and partner success functions.

Management team

We are building a strong team with specialist expertise in driving exponential growth in the travel-tech sector. Meet our top dogs here!
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Doug Stephenson

Founder and CEO

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Graeme Horsfall

VP, Commercial

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Simon Rigden

VP, Growth

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Rebecca Moore

VP, Operations

Mark Shilton

Head of Data

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Pim Van Oerle

Engineering Director

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Ingrid Fehr

Partner Success Director

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Laura Calder

Finance Director

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Simon Elliott

Sales Director

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Yvonne Jackson

Customer Success Director

Investors

TravelNest is backed by some of the UK’s best-known investors. They’ve invested in successful companies including Skype, Wix, FanDuel, Nutmeg and Bird.i. We're in some very fine company.

Frontline Ventures

Mangrove Capital Partners

Pentech Venture Capital

Like the sound of us?

If you’re smart, ambitious and keen to help us solve for our customers then we like the sound of you. Take a peek at our current openings.