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Discover what type of travel startups attract venture capital funding, see where smart money is going, and understand some of the common mistakes that startups make as they seek funding and strive to build their new businesses.

Our twice-monthly Skift Trends Report series takes a deep dive into industry trends across various sectors of travel.

The latest report in the series, Venture Investment Trends in the Travel Industry, launches today.

In many respects, it is a great time to be a founder or co-founder of a travel startup. Yes, the competition is as heated as ever and the vast majority of travel startups, including a seemingly endless array of copycat sites and apps, fail or are otherwise subject to soft landings, acqui-hires or asset sales executed by larger, established companies.

But the relatively huge market caps of public travel companies, combined with awe-inspiring valuations of the hottest startups and the healthy exits of venture-backed startups and older companies, have trickled down and helped catapult valuations for startups which attract funding rounds.

The report will detail best practices for startups as they go out and seek funding, and begin to build their fledgling businesses.

Through interviews with venture capital practitioners such as Joel Cutler of General Catalyst Partners and David Ambrose of Steadfast Venture Capital, as well as case studies of relatively mature startup SilverRail Technologies and newly acquired WeHostels (a startup that is less than three years old), this Skift Trends Report traces the developments and trends that are reshaping the entrepreneurial environment for both investors and startups.

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About These Reports

This is the twenty-fifth in a series of twice-monthly trends reports that brief readers on a specific trend, providing insight into the current state of the market, the context around the trend, and where the industry is heading in the near future.

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