Newhouse professor's new startup, StayBillety, launches in Syracuse

March 8, 2016

Newhouse School professor of practice Barbara Jones is the CEO and founder of StayBillety, a new, Internet-based community accommodation service that connects like-minded guests and hosts for home-sharing.

StayBillety will increase involvement in hometown events by engaging both local hosts and visiting guests. People traveling for concerts, sports competitions and other events can book local accommodations by connecting with hosts who share their common interests. Users will provide reviews of their experiences online. Event organizers will also be recruited as affiliates.

This affinity-based billeting model will serve to strengthen community, says Jones, whose goal with StayBillety is “to provide a service that connects communities and opens the door for people who may have shied away from other accommodation services.” Jones is an alumna of Syracuse University.

The company also has a philanthropic aspect; each month, the StayBillety community will select a national charity to receive a percentage of revenue from transactions not directly associated with registered affiliate events.

StayBillety was founded in May 2015 and is based in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. It previewed at Ryerson University in Toronto on March 1. The Syracuse launch event is being held today at 4 p.m. at the Blackstone LaunchPad space at Bird Library. Faculty and students from the Newhouse School, as well as the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Law and the Whitman School of Management, participated in the Syracuse project.

For more information about StayBillety, contact Jones at 315-443-9246 or bejone03@syr.edu.