Shruti Challa is Senior Vice President of Revenue at Sonder, a hospitality company that combines the consistency of hotels with the flexibility of short-term rental apartments. At Sonder, Shruti has played a pivotal role both in the company’s growth and approach to weathering the pandemic, which has hit the travel industry especially hard. Shruti spearheaded Sonder's strategy to weather the height of travel restrictions through an Extended Stay initiative, which has allowed the company to maintain occupancy rates at 80% - far above the industry average. As the future of travel relies on tech more than ever, Sonder has been an early leader in creating a digital guest experience since day one. In addition to her role at Sonder, Shruti is also an avid investor in tech startups boasting investments like SpaceX and Robinhood, published author in publications like Forbes and TechCrunch, and advocate for disenfranchised populations. Before landing at Sonder, Shruti was on the leadership teams at two companies that got acquired; one by Booking.com and the other by Groupon. She has a degree in economics from Stanford and (almost) finished her masters in predictive analytics at Northwestern.