Red Shoes Talks #16: Why do we need guest screening in short-term rentals?

by | Oct 27, 2021 | Operations, Supply & Demand, Talks

In this 16th episode of Red Shoes Talks, the vacation rental and short-term rental podcast, Simon Lehmann is joined by Ela Mezhiborsky, Co-Founder and CPO of, the intelligent guest screening and guest automation platform.

In this episode Simon and Ela talk about the importance of choosing your guests carefully and the technology now available to do this at scale, from artificial intelligence using different data sources to built-in tools like

Our guest today: Ela Mezhiborsky of

 Ela approached her latest venture,, in much the same way as she approaches any challenge: with relentless focus, indomitable energy and a contagious bonhomie which belies the data-driven strategist and growth leader she truly is.

A passionate kitesurfer, photographer and part-time world explorer, Ela has been pushing the boundaries of the short-term rental industry for years. She is the COO and Co-Founder of Quickstay Property Management, a luxury property operator in Canada, at the same time as leading Product at

Born from her frustrations with the shortcomings of existing guest-screening technology, is designed to automatically check for risky reservations (party organisers, bad payers…) and take the pain out of verifying that guests are actually who they say they are.

With her background as business analyst, strategist and growth expert, Ela prefers pragmatic, solutions-orientated services and it shows in her chat with Simon, full of useful tips and tricks for any property manager looking at understanding their guests better.

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