Chilean Government Awards Hotel Management Software Team Innovation Grant



SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Two of the original founders of hotel management software company Frontdesk Anywhere Inc Joe Kiernan and Thomas Lyle and a former lead user experience researcher at Google have been honored with an innovation grant from the government of Chile. The team is working to improve inventory distribution within the hospitality and travel spaces.

Start-Up Chile, a program created by the Chilean Government, was established to identify high-potential entrepreneurs and foster innovation. The program awards promising organizations a grant to further their work. Stanford University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies works closely with Start-Up Chile officials to screen the over 650 companies and organizations that typically apply in a session. Only the most innovative and promising teams are awarded the $40,000 grant.

The team believes that the ever lowering prices for technology along with people using the Web more and more in their daily lives is bringing about an opportunity to solve longstanding distribution issues in the travel industry. “Waypoint Labs is working to solve inefficiencies in the travel space that end-up costing companies, and thus travelers, hundreds of millions of dollars every year” said co-founder Thomas Lyle. Waypoint Labs is the name of the team used to represent them for the Start-Up Chile application.

“We are flattered that Start-Up Chile sees such promise in our approach and its potential to disrupt the status quo” said Joe Kiernan. “We’ve learned a lot over the past number of years building one of the leading web-based hotel management software systems and have a clear vision of where the industry is headed. We aim to be out in front leading that charge.”

Frontdesk Anywhere Inc. provides Web-based hotel management software that enables small- to mid-sized hotels and hotel groups to better manage sales and guest interaction processes. The constantly evolving platform is in high demand and continues to grow, with over 50 new properties signing up each month. A key component of its success has been in its innovative approach to hotel industry development. Its cloud-computing platform allows hotel teams to focus more on guests rather than their IT needs which, while important, is only a supporting element to their core business.
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Frontdesk Anywhere Inc is a leading provider of innovative hotel management software for independent properties. To date, over 50,000 hotel guests have had their stay managed with Frontdesk Anywhere – from the initial online booking process through arrival, onsite operations and checkout. The company is focused on converging processes traditionally performed by separate systems into a single all-in-one productivity application. All modules are seamlessly integrated within the application and accessible from any computer and most mobile devices. The company is a privately held corporation based in San Francisco, California.

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