About Host Compliance

Host Compliance LLC is a privately held company located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley.  Founded in 2015, the company is the leading provider of short-term rental compliance monitoring and enforcement solutions to local governments. Host Compliance's services include: 

  • Implementing fair and effective short-term rental ordinances
  • Identifying privately-owned short-term residential properties on behalf of local governments
  • Monitoring and enforcing registration, permitting and lodging tax compliance  
  • Registering, processing and verifying permit applications (online and offline)
  • Providing 24/7 telephone hotline services that makes it easy for neighbors and other stakeholders to anonymously report and resolve issues with short-term renters without involving law enforcement officials
  • Identifying tax under-reporting and other fraudulent practices

Built on the foundation of customer collaboration and industry leading 24/7/365 customer service, Host Compliance prides itself on constantly improving its solutions so that local governments can keep their citizens safe and maintain the character of their neighborhoods while at the same time enabling home-owners to utilize their private properties for short-term rentals in a controlled manner (if allowed under local regulations).  By having the right tools for the job, Host Compliance's local government partners: 

  1. ensure that short-term renters and landlords comply with local ordinances,
  2. dramatically increase their tax collections from short-term rental property owners,
  3.  free up valuable staff time to focus on more pressing priorities.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Ulrik Binzer (Founder & CEO)

Ulrik Binzer is the Founder and CEO of Host Compliance LLC and got the idea to found Host Compliance when he was serving on a committee appointed by his local town council to study possible ways to regulate short-term rentals in the local community. In preparation for his work on the committee, Ulrik spent countless hours researching how other municipalities had approached the regulation of short-term rentals, and it became evident that enforcing the regulations and collecting the appropriate taxes without the support of sophisticated technology was virtually impossible. As a result Ulrik set out to build those tools and make them available to municipalities of all sizes at a fraction of the cost of what it would cost them to build and run such technology internally. 

Prior to founding Host Compliance, Ulrik served as Chief Operating Officer of Work4 Labs - an 80 person Venture Capital backed technology company with offices in Silicon Valley and Europe, and Soligent Distribution LLC - the largest distributor of solar equipment to local governments and businesses in the Americas. 

Prior to assuming executive management roles in operating companies, Ulrik served as Vice President of the private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an Officer in the Danish Army where he commanded a 42-person Platoon and graduated first in his class from the Danish Army’s Lieutenant School.

Ulrik received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was as a Baker Scholar (top 5% of his class) and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and New York University.

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David Marcus (Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer/Chief Data Scientist)

David is Host Compliance's technical Co-founder and a Caltech Applied and Computational Math graduate specialized in geospatial data science and information management. He has eight years of experience building well-architected, scalable software.

Prior to Host Compliance, David founded Routefriend.com, a web-based application for planning trips on buses and trains, serving 1.5 million monthly users.

David's most recent experience was at DwellAware where he served as the Lead Data Scientist, developing models of risks and costs in the residential real estate sector. Prior to DwellAware, David served in various technical roles at a number of software companies including aboutLife, Urban Mapping, American Towns, Nielsen Analytic Consulting and Hewitt Associates.

David earned his Bachelor's Degree in Applied & Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology and his Master's Degree in Anthropology from the University of Kent.

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Teresa Y. Ou, JD (Head of Strategy and Operations)

Teresa is a seasoned strategy and operations executive with 15+ years of experience from venture capital backed start-ups, strategic consulting and leading corporate law firms.

At Host Compliance, Teresa is responsible for the firm's strategy development and operations including customer support, legal, finance and HR. Teresa joined Host Compliance as she as a lawyer is passionate about helping communities develop workable regulatory frameworks that simultaneously protects citizens' property rights and the rights of the neighbors.

Teresa is also affiliated with Lyra Health, a high-profile Venture Capital backed start-up in the Healthcare IT space. At Lyra, Teresa was the first employee and has helped build the company to 40 people over the course of only 12 months. 

Prior to Lyra Health, Teresa worked as a Strategy Consultant for 7 years, with 5 of those at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and New York. As a consultant, Teresa focused primarily on the healthcare, financial services, real-estate and consumer goods industries.

Prior to McKinsey & Co, Teresa worked as a lawyer at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, specializing in business law for entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and venture capitalists.

Teresa earned her law Degree at Harvard Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors.

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ADVISORY BOARD

David W. Richmond (CEO of Comcate Inc.)

David is a seasoned executive and investor focused on growing local government technology businesses.  Dave joined Comcate Inc. in 2003. As CEO he oversees all functional areas including development, sales, and operations and has been involved in the implementation of SaaS CRM, Code Enforcement, Permitting and GIS solutions in hundreds of cities across the country. 

Previously, Dave worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Altos Ventures, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm with $150M under management.  At the firm Dave worked with a number of portfolio companies and performed due diligence on investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Altos Ventures, Dave was the Chairman and President of Hearing Science, a company he co-founded in 1996, and grew to 90 employees. From 1990-1996, Dave worked as a strategic and financial consultant on project teams with the consulting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and the private equity firm Sverica International.  He provided strategic, M&A and operations consulting services in the public sector, among other industries, where he worked with various local governments.  

Dave received his B.A. degree from University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in economics and political science. Dave serves as a director or advisor to a number of for-profit and non-profit companies.

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Paw Andersen (Head of Business Infrastructure Services at Uber Technologies)

Paw is a results-driven technology executive and entrepreneur with proven track record of running large operations and engineering teams within e-commerce, product and professional services organizations in multiple continents. Paw is known for both his strong and in-depth technology knowledge of software and enterprise solutions,  and his business acumen developed over more than 20 years in the tech industry in the US and Europe. 

When not advising Host Compliance, Paw serves as Head of Business Infrastructure Services at Uber Technologies,  which develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request and get a ride with the press of a button. At Uber, Paw is responsible for rapidly scaling the company's platforms for payments, web services and business API’s and oversees more 300 engineers. Prior to Uber, Paw served as VP Engineering at Groupon where he was responsible for building Groupon's consumer experiences of search/Browse deals, gifting, redemption, restaurant booking, social and reviews.

Before joining Groupon, Paw worked at various technology companies in Silicon Valley, London and Scandinavia.

Paw earned his M.Sc. in Geoinfomatic from Aalborg University and his Executive MBA from London Business School.

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James S. Olin (CEO of C2G Advisors LLC)

Jim has been a leader in the vacation rental, and resort real estate and development industries since the 1980’s and is currently CEO of C2G Advisors LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in all facets of the hospitality industry, with special emphasis on vacation rental and resort activities. 

Previously, Jim managed the merger of three of Northwest Florida’s leading privately owned resort development, resort management and real estate sales companies into The Sterling Companies LLC, a powerful regional company servicing more than 1500 rental units. Prior to Sterling, Jim served as President and CEO of ResortQuest International (NYSE: RZT), the world’s largest vacation rental property management and resort real estate firm. Under his leadership at ResortQuest, Olin guided the network of more than 20,000 vacation rental properties, valued at over $7 billion.

Jim is a licensed real estate broker in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has been appointed to numerous State level committees and task forces by previous Florida Governors and Secretaries of Commerce. In addition Jim serves as a Fellow with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Stéphane Le Viet (Co-Founder and CEO of Work4 and Multiposting) 

Having co-founded 4 successful technology businesses and taught at London School of Economics and Science Po in Paris, France, Stéphane brings over ten years of technology and general management experience to Host Compliance.

Besides his involvement with the company,  Stéphane serves as CEO of Work4 a San Francisco-based software company that develops recruitment applications, allowing businesses to find, engage, and hire candidates through social media. 

Prior to co-founding Work4, Stéphane co-founded MultiPosting, Europe's leading job posting technology software company, which was sold to SAP in 2015.

Early in his career at Stéphane gained valuable experiences at Hellman & Friedman and McKinsey & Company.

Stéphane earned his MA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and his BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. 

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Alastair Mitchell (Co-founder, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Huddle) 

Alastair Mitchell is a serial technology entrepreneur and the co-founder and President of Huddle, a global cloud-based enterprise collaboration software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C. and London. Since setting up the company in 2006, Alastair has grown Huddle to around 170 people, raised $86 million in funding and seen sales double year on year. As such Alastair brings significant SaaS technology experience to Host Compliance.

Prior to founding Huddle, Alastair worked at Dunnhumby, a data analytics company that was sold to the UK based supermarket giant Tesco in 20o6.  While at Dunnhumby, Alastair led the development of its web-based marketing intelligence product from zero to $60 million sales within four years. He joined the board in 2005 after he was promoted to head up a 300 person global team.

Alastair graduated from Southampton University with an Mechanical Engineering in Naval Architecture. 

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