One of the largest worldwide vacation rental marketplaces with millions of vacation rentals in 190 countries. Marketplaces connect homeowners and property managers with travelers who seek the space, value, and amenities of vacation rental homes as an alternative to hotels. Sites have the selection of homes around the world with detailed property descriptions, photos, and list of amenities and nearby attractions. Sites are free-to-use for travelers and feature Listing Reviews where travelers compare the accuracy of a listing to a property they have rented through the site. Numerous offices are located in the United States, Europe, and Asia; headquarter is based in Austin, Texas.
Project Vacation rental platform can be roughly divided into Traveler and Owner sides. Traditionally teams were focused on the development and maintenance of some 'vertical' slice of this platform, for example, Search Results or Property Details. However, many business needs are not tied to a certain product. With that as background, the new team will have iOS, Android, and web capabilities and will be working on a focused feature or structural goal, spanning client runtimes. The specific feature or goal may be a brand new feature or maybe a structural overhaul to an existing feature. But what this will not be is work on a random assorting of things without focus and clear milestones and end goal. The first major task is the implementation of features, like group chat, that will allow travelers to be engaged collaboratively with friends & family to plan their trips.