Uli Pillau

Founder and CEO of apaleo

Uli Pillau

Ulrich “Uli” Pillau is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is founder of apaleo, a Munich based start-up developing a next generation cloud platform for the hospitality industry. Previously Uli was involved in building up several very successful software companies in the hotel and travel space. His companies included Fidelio Software, today the worldwide leading Property Management System for hotel chains and hotels. Fidelio was later acquired by Micros and today is part of Oracle. Subsequently he led IDeaS, a company offering the first scientific revenue management software for the hotel industry which quickly became the standard Yield & RMS system for hotels around the globe. In 2010, IDeaS was sold to SAS Institute and today is actively managing over a million hotel rooms with its software. Between 2010 and 2016, Uli was Managing Director of hetras which invented the first true Cloud PMS for hotel chains. Apart from his current venture apaleo, Uli invests in start-up companies that develop innovative software and apps for the hotel industry. He is a frequent speaker on hotel and travel technology.

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The contactless guest journey is here to stay, or is it?

Face-to-face human contact will never go away. In fact, it's a key element of the service industry. That said, COVID has impacted every single person on the planet, and is responsible for a major digital-adoption movement, which we are still experiencing today.

HN World Panel: Where does the PMS sit in the new technology stack?

When it comes to hotel tech, we may all agree that PMSs are at the top of the food chain. It's semantically already in the name itself: a PMS is the SYSTEM used to MANAGE your PROPERTY. This gives the software connotations of centrality in operations.

Where does the PMS sit in the new technology stack?

The PMS will lose the mentality of a system and the capabilities will dissolve into cloud-centric services. Instead of all-in-one offerings the future will be driven by ecosystems evolving around a limited number of platform vendors.

Freedom to Create Why Now is the Time Your Hotel Can Reach Its Full Potential

We all love freedom. If there is anything this pandemic showed us, it"s that freedom is precious. Hoteliers have been suffering from inflexibility and lack of freedom since before the pandemic, but now"s the chance to change things.

HNtv: Hotelhero Exits and Founding Team Joins apaleo

An interview with Uli Pillau, co-founder and CEO of apaleo, and Florian Montag, co-Founder at Hotelhero, about joining forces.00:00 Introduction01:46 Apaelo's reasoning for this joining of forces (Uli Pillau)03:12 Hotelhero's perspective of the transaction (Florian Montag)04:45 Apaleo's second main driver: apaelo's appstore (Uli Pillau)06:00 A historic view on the PMS industry (Uli Pillau)08:15 Hoteliers should think different about their tech-stack (Florian Montag)09:35 Pain of migrating to old-school PMS platforms (Uli Pillau)11:00 Apaleo's core vision and strategy (Uli Pillau)13:20 Apaelo sees dynamic changes in lodging landscape (Uli Pillau)15:07 Unlocking the digital guest journey (Florian Montag)The founders of Hotelhero, the leading hotel software review & recommendation platform, join apaleo, the API-first hospitality platform, effective as of July 1st.
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