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Mr. Shah

Ron Shah

Founder & CEO, Bizly

Ron Shah is the founder and CEO of Bizly, an enterprise small meetings platform that helps employees easily book meetings and events at hotels, restaurants, and activity venues. Ron founded Bizly after his conference room was flooded and he experienced the painful process of trying to book meeting space at hotels and restaurants. Bizly's mission is to be the world's most employee-centric booking site. Bizly uses rich and original content, instant booking, messaging and compliance features to create an experience that employees love to use, with all the data and compliance features that drive success for the meetings department. Bizly currently has over 2,000 hotels and restaurants on its platform across the United States, and works with over a dozen Fortune 500 customers. Prior to launching Bizly, Ron was a venture capital professional for 15 years. He started his career at Quantum in New York and then went on to become the founder of Jina Ventures, a technology-focused global investment firm. During his time at Jina Ventures, he completed 9 M&A exits, three IPOs, and over two dozen investments. Over 12 years, Jina Ventures evolved from advisor, fund manager, to expert of emerging market secondaries. Ron spent three years as an on-air contributor for CNBC across several programs including “Trading the Globe,” “The Kudlow Report,” and “Fast Money.” Ron has served on the board of directors of several tech companies and non-profits. He has his MBA from NYU Stern and his BBA from the George Washington University.

Please visit http://www.bizly.com for more information.

Mr. Shah can be contacted at 646-530-8630 or ron@bizly.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.