Doorstead announced new hires Monday, including WeWork’s former chief real estate officer and executives from Opendoor, Expedia and Uber.

Doorstead, a rental operations firm that calls itself “Opendoor for rentals,” announced several new hires Monday, including veterans from WeWork, Opendoor, Expedia and Uber. The San Francisco based startup manages rental properties and provides owners with a guaranteed set rent, determined by a dynamic pricing model.

Jennifer Bronzo, the chief operating officer and co-founder of Doorstead, said the new hires reflect a need to meet growing demand in the Bay Area, in a statement.

“We started Doorstead to eliminate unnecessary vacancies for property owners while being fair and just to our tenants and vendor partners, and we cannot retreat from that mission just because the market has shifted,” Bronzo said in a statement. “Our platform was built to tackle such challenges, and our risk models have held up remarkably well.”

Jason Karas, the former senior director of Expedia, is joining Doorstead as its new vice president of growth. Andy Szybalski, a member of the founding team of Uber Eats and its former senior director of product design, is joining Doorstead’s advisory board, as is Granit Gjonbalaj, former chief real estate officer of WeWork.

Additionally, three unnamed central operations team members from Opendoor are joining the company.

Doorstead has experienced a surge in demand since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with inbound call volume increasing tenfold in the past nine months, the company reported.

Like a traditional property manager, Doorstead collects rent on behalf of a landlord. The firm will pay out of its own pocket to cover the guaranteed rate if it can’t find a tenant or the tenant stops paying. The company says its proprietary technology allows property units to fill units quickly, which results in lower vacancy and higher total earnings, especially in the current market conditions where rental prices are plummeting in the Bay Area. 

Doorstead is part of a new wave of “iRenters,” which includes competitors, Bungalow, Blueground, and Domio.

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription