Aaron Zifkin [Credit: MyPlace]

MyPlace hires Airbnb executive Zifkin to leadership role

US: MyPlace, a social network platform that connects friends to share their homes with each other, has announced the hiring of former Airbnb executive Aaron Zifkin as its president and chief operating officer [COO].

Zifkin brings extensive sharing economy leadership experience to his new position at MyPlace, having most recently held roles as the managing director for Lyft in Canada and the regional director of the Americas at Airbnb.

In the new role, Zifkin’s priority will be to effectively scale MyPlace’s mission to help people share their homes with their friends and communities around the world.

After raising $5.8 million in seed funding in March, MyPlace is focused on its global launch.

MyPlace CEO Zach Bell said: “As someone who has been leading the growth of the sharing economy for the last decade, Aaron was a natural addition to our leadership team. His experience scaling some of the most important companies of the 21st century is a perfect fit for our mission – to help people share more with their friends.

“We’re looking forward to working with Aaron to help friends connect, share and have more together,” he added.

With a running beta community of over 5,000 community members and plans to debut the next version of their application this summer, MyPlace is aiming to help people move and live around the world in new ways. The startup’s members are sharing their homes in more than 150 cities around the world, with rapidly expanding communities in New York City, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Mexico City, Miami and beyond.

Zifkin said: “I am so inspired by MyPlace’s mission to enable incredible travel experiences through sharing your friends’ homes around the world. Their rapid growth is a testament to what happens when you can unlock trust that uniquely exists between friends.

“The world needs human connection today more than ever before, and MyPlace is delivering this through the promise of the true sharing economy,” he added.

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