A few years ago, Syracuse University professor Barbara Jones noticed a problem with home-sharing sites like Airbnb: people aren’t always comfortable staying with someone they don’t know.
“People are hesitant about having a stranger in their home,” Jones, the founder and CEO of StayBillety, a Syracuse-based online accommodation service said. “People are hesitant about staying with a stranger.”
Her company, StayBillety, aims to change that, allowing people to open their homes to visitors who have similar interests.
A Star Trek fan can stay with a fellow Trekkie, for example. Or runners can stay with other runners.
This week, StayBillety announced a partnership with Syracuse University athletics to become its official online accommodation service.
A large portion of the company’s customer base currently revolves around connecting University alumni across North America.
“I believe strongly in creating community,” Jones said. “If we can get an alum from San Francisco to meet someone that might have been a parent of a student in New York City… that’s the stuff that I get excited about.”
If you’re interested in learning more about using Staybillity or opening your home to a guest, more information can be found here.