We are the Future of Hospitality Technology

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About Us

HotelKey is a cloud-based Property Management System designed for the hospitality Industry. Since 2014, we have provided software solutions that are efficient, reliable, and easy to use. Our mobile platform offers user-friendly, touch-screen technology to support every aspect of your Property operations. HotelKey strives to build state-of-the-art products for the ever-expanding hospitality industry. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, HotelKey is rapidly growing, opening offices in Europe and South Asia. Our array of products and services support individual properties, small to large sized portfolios, or global enterprises. HotelKey is a client focused company with a goal to maximize revenue and streamline operations for its global clientele.

How We Started

In mid 2014, founders Fareed Ahmed and Aditya Thyagarajan started HotelKey in Silicon Valley, CA. The idea was to create an effortless user experience to tackle operational challenges for small to mid-size Properties. Both founders recognized that a cloud-based mobile platform was the next digital breakthrough. Fareed, a former employee of IBM, played a vital role in the product development. While Aditya, who previously worked for Yardi Systems, comes with expertise in property and asset management software. Together, with technical know-how and business acumen, they both built a comprehensive enterprise solution.

Our Journey

Feb 14

Founders' Meet

Ady and Fareed met up
March 14

HotelKey Initiation

Ady and Fareed Started with Idea of HotelKey over a Dining table
July 14

HotelKey version 1.0

Basic PMS Software
October 14

Introduction to G6 Hospitality

HotelKey introduced to Jessie Burgess, who arranges a meeting with G6 IT Leadership
September 14

Search for Angel Investment

HotelKey meets with LA based Hoteliers Manish & Snay Patel and New York based Bankers Mahesh & Srinivas
August 14

1st client live

Orange Show Inn, San Bernadino, CA goes live on HotelKey 1.0
Jan 15

G6 selects HotelKey

G6 partners with HotelKey to implement State of the Art PMS system
Feb 15

International Locations

HotelKey sets up Development centres in Eastern Europe & South Asia
March 15

HotelKey raises $500K

Angel investment of $500K at a valuation of $10MM. HotelKey kicks off the G6 PMS project
Dec 16

HotelKey gains momentum

HotelKey ends 2016 with 20 G6 properties and 50 Independent properties and is short listed for the Extended Stay America PMS Replacement Opportunity
July 16

1st G6 Property Live

Motel 6 Forest Lane, Dallas is the first G6 property to go live with HotelKey
Jan 16

Opening of India Office

HotelKey opens a 24/7 facility in Nagpur, India
Jan 17

HotelKey raises $2.1MM

Investment of $2.1MM at a valuation of $10MM
March 17

HotelKey growing

HotelKey grows to 100 employees globally. G6 implementation picks up speed.
August 17

G6 Portfolio Live

HotelKey implements 1400+ Motel 6 & Studio 6 locations in record time.
April 18

HotelKey enters India

HotelKey enters the vibrant Indian Market with Hotel 6, Chandigarh - a 175 room hotel.
Jan 18

The HotelKey Platform

HotelKey expands it's products suite by adding CRS, POS & Revenue Management to it's existing Next Generation PMS System.
October 17

Extended Stay America selects HotelKey

Extended Stay America selects HotelKey to replace MSI.
June 18

1st ESA property Live

ESA, Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte is the first ESA property to go live with HotelKey‎.
October 18

HotelKey Support Centre

HotelKey opens a State of the Art Support Centre in Nagpur, India to provide Helpdesk services to G6, ESA & Independent Clients globally.
Jan 19

Vagabond selects HotelKey

Vagabond replaces Skytouch with the HotelKey Platform.
November 19

2200+ Hotels Live

HotelKey successfully implements Extended Stay America and is rapidly growing in the Global Independent market.
May 19

1st Vagabond live on HotelKey

Vagabond USC in Los Angeles, CA is the first Vagabond property to go live with HotelKey
March 19

HotelKey grows to 200 employees

HotelKey continues to invest in it's employees as it expands globally

Fareed Ahmad

Co-Founder & CEO

Fareed is responsible for the overall company strategy, product, and engineering. A technologist at heart, Fareed’s primary focus is to combine mobile innovation with market demands and to build the most cost effective state-of-the-art Hotel Management Software system. Before his venture with HotelKey, Fareed had a long and successful career at IBM. Over a 12-year span, he progressed from a Software Engineer to Program Director; prompting many key initiatives. He led the IBM.com e-commerce development team which generated more than $1 Billion in annual sales. Fareed also led a BPO software solutions team at IBM which supported products that resulted in an annual revenue of $1.2 Billion. Fareed graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences.

Aditya Thyagarajan

Co-Founder & President

Aditya is responsible for business, revenue growth, and client solutions. Most of his time is spent launching HotelKey into different market segments and providing market feedback to the development teams. Prior to HotelKey, Aditya spent ten years at Yardi Systems - a world leader in real estate and asset management software. At Yardi Systems, he started as a programmer in 2005 and steadily moved up within the organization. Aditya led development, implementation, and sales teams within the company. He played a significant role in bringing a fully integrated single stack solution to the Commercial Real Estate industry. As an avid sportsman, Aditya represented the USA Cricket Team with distinction for many years. In 2000, he earned a BS in Computer Science from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore (India). He then went on to graduate with an MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003.

Parth Shastri

VP, Global Solutions

Parth joined HotelKey as its first US employee after his undergraduate studies. Parth is responsible for client solutions and implementations for all HotelKey clients globally. Since the inception of HotelKey, Parth was instrumental in the implementation of the company’s first marquee client - G6 Hospitality, owners of the iconic Motel 6 and Studio 6 hotels. Since then Parth has played many roles in the company ranging from Product Development to Customer Support. Parth has a BS in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton.

Rohit Nerlekar

VP, Enterprise Accounts

Rohit is responsible for large enterprise HotelKey customers across the globe. Rohit has spent 15+ years implementing large fortune 500 clients on enterprise platforms. He spent 4 years implementing software at Oracle before moving to Yardi Systems, a world leader in property and asset management software. At Yardi, Rohit managed and implemented large commercial enterprise clients on the Yardi Voyager Property Management Software. A key player at HotelKey, Rohit earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Pune University in India before moving to the United States where he graduated with an MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering and an MBA in International Business from Florida International University.

Akash Rayate

VP, Product & Cloud Services

Akash joined HotelKey when the company expanded to India in January 2016. Akash manages all of HotelKey’s Product and Cloud Services Teams. Akash joined HotelKey after spending 3 years as a Java Developer at Persistent Systems where he enhanced and sharpened his deep technical skills and acumen. A disciplined leader, Akash provides the framework and infrastructure for HotelKey to grow aggressively in the marketplace while providing stability to the company’s current and strategic client base. Akash graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Nagpur University, India.

Florent Ahmedi

VP & GM, Europe

Florent started the European Operation for HotelKey in January 2015. During HotelKey’s early days, Florent, an avid programmer, played an instrumental role in writing the entire Java code base and the database structure at HotelKey. Prior to HotelKey, Florent spent many years writing banking software for leading banks in Europe. He also held multiple Software and IT leadership positions in the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Kosovo. In his current role at HotelKey, Florent is responsible for the company’s European operations and its growth in the region. Florent graduated with a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pristina, Kosovo.