Resy Consumer Product Lead on Building Hospitality Products
Hospitality Products: Find People With Similar Philosophies and Pay Attention To Pain Points (Part 1)
A Hospitality Product Manager’s Journey
At Resy I focus on our consumer products. Mainly our app, the Resy app, Resy.com, and the widgets that live on restaurant websites. I cover a lot of our consumer product initiatives, and it helps that I worked as a product manager for the majority of my career.
In fact, the path that led me to Resy began back in college. When I was in college, I started working at my brother’s restaurant. After graduating I worked for Live Person, which specializes in conversational commerce for the quick service restaurants. Ever since then I’ve just been interested in the intersection of restaurants and technology.
Working With Others With Similar Philosophies
I am a huge fan of Danny Meyer and his philosophy on hospitality. He believes that great products and services do things for customers. Danny works with Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) and working with them has been great. In fact, Union Square Hospitality not only invested in Resy, but they committed to using it across its restaurant portfolio.
We’re all about hospitality and Danny and his group are too. Whenever we kick off a new initiative, we talk with USHG and get their insights. A lot of our products obviously touch them and getting their insight helps on the consumer side of our business. They’re serving guests, and at the end of the day our products are serving their guests too. In addition, I think what made Resy what it is today is the fact that we built the product for high demand restaurants.
Observing the Market to Build a Product That Solves Problems
Resy stood out from the competition because we observed things that most people thought was normal. For example, most people think that all reservations at restaurants need to be for a table inside. However, we decided to think differently and let people make different types of reservations, like patios. This feature resonated with a lot of restaurants because they did offer these experiences. However, there wasn’t really a great solution on the market for them.
By creating more of these custom features, Resy opened the door to these custom experiences.