By John Shortall on November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Frontdesk Anywhere names Christophe Bisciglia as chairman. Founder of Cloudera and former Google engineer commits to bringing the power of Big Data to the Hospitality Industry.
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Frontdesk Anywhere, the award-winning cloud-based hotel Property Management System (PMS), has announced a new round of funding and the appointment of Software Entrepreneur Christophe Bisciglia as Chairman of the Board.
According to Founders Joe Kiernan and Thomas Lyle, the latest investment round supports the company's strategy of bringing on strategic investors from around the globe that are actual users of its software, in addition to attracting traditional sources of capital. Notably, the latter now includes Glynn Capital, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and the Getz Group, a Singapore-based international marketing and services company with a significant presence in Asia and the owner of hospitality management and building solutions group, Louis T Collection.
Bisciglia is the founder of Cloudera, a successful big data software company with a customer base that grew to over a thousand industry leading companies by the time it went public in April of 2017. He has been named among BusinessWeek's Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 10 Smartest People in Tech.
While at Google, Bisciglia founded the Academic Cloud Computing Initiative, and partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide one of the largest shared computational resources to the academic community, all using Google hardware, and open source software inspired by Google's systems. In the process, Bisciglia saw a much larger opportunity and founded Cloudera to commercialize the technology.
Bisciglia stepped back from operational roles two years ago to take on a passion project, which ultimately brought him to Frontdesk Anywhere. During a search for what to do next, Bisciglia came across the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls, an entirely unique destination, situated on the largest privately accessible waterfall in the state of Hawaii. As a new partner in the business, Bisciglia quickly took over responsibility for technology, identifying deficiencies in the current hotel software landscape.
"I discovered a deeply fragmented technology landscape filled with overpriced and antiquated legacy systems which just could not provide the solution we were looking for. With Frontdesk Anywhere, I saw the platform, technology, and partnerships to address the challenges independent hoteliers are facing as the industry moves to the cloud.
In the process, a dialogue with Frontdesk Anywhere's CEO Kiernan sparked Bisciglia's desire to apply what he has learned over the course of his career to the hospitality industry. As Kiernan points out, "Having our investors also being customers provides great alignment and a shared vision that keeps the needs of hoteliers at the forefront of everything we do."
"And having one of the most recognized names in big data as chairman, and more importantly, a customer, gives us an extraordinary advantage in the marketplace," Kiernan added. "Christophe will bring his experience and perspective on technology, platforms and data from leading companies like Google and Cloudera into hospitality, and specifically, FrontDesk Anywhere," he said. "That's incredibly exciting."
"Working with Frontdesk Anywhere is great because for the first time, really since I worked at Google, I get to help build software that I use every single day," added Bisciglia.
ABOUT FRONTDESK ANYWHERE
Frontdesk Anywhere is an award winning cloud-based property management system for independent hotels and management groups. It provides hoteliers with a platform that streamlines operations, increases revenue and enhances the guest experience. Based in San Francisco with offices worldwide, Frontdesk Anywhere serves customers in more than 45 countries.