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Mr. Stein

Dori Stein

Chief Executive Officer, Fornova

Dori Stein is an entrepreneur at heart. He thrives on building innovative organizations that apply leading-edge technologies to solve real world problems in new and exciting ways.

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Fornova, a company that is in pursuit of applying its patented visual web-scanning technologies, to solve the challenges in hotel distribution.

True to his Israeli roots, a country that has been dubbed the ‘Startup Nation', Mr. Stein embraces the startups-world wholeheartedly. He began his first foray into the world of startups with SMBS, a venture that delivered an eCommerce solution to the diamond industry. The company was successfully sold in 2009.

Mr. Stein then moved on to bootstrap GoldenFeeds, another eCommerce technology startup, only this time it was solving the problems and creating new opportunities for the retail industry. His journey with GoldenFeeds eventually led him to encounter the challenges in the world of Hotel Distribution. Mr. Stein then founded Fornova, a second venture with the team behind GoldenFeeds, to focus on developing technology solutions for hospitality providers and resellers.

Mr. Stein continues to be an active member in the Israeli startup community, offering support, advice to and in turn learning from other innovative enterprises. He is easily excited by the challenges of pace-of-change and loves nothing more than to see and make things happen.

 Mr. Stein moved to London, from Israel, seven years ago, where he now lives with his wife and a young son. He holds a degree in accountancy and law.

 


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

Mr. Stein can be contacted at 44-20-7952-2365 or dori@fornova.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.