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Sam Shank

CEO
Hotel Tonight

Early in his career, Sam Shank served as director Wes Craven’s assistant on the movie Scream. He lists “laundry” in the job description, and this attention to other people’s creature comforts has served Shank well as his career has accelerated from Associate Producer at CNET to his current position as CEO of Hotel Tonight, the highly successful mobile app that allows users to find same -day hotel bookings via smartphone or tablet—at a seriously discounted rate.

A graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, Shank founded other travel-focused start-ups as well, such as TravelPost.com and DealBase.com. Shank has kept Hotel Tonight mobile-only, explaining, “Apps and their associated brands that try to do too many things simultaneously won’t be able to get the mindshare on a mobile device where simplicity and precision rules the day.”

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