In a quiet week for travel tech fundraising, highlights include a 3 million pound crowdfunding for a service that lets consumers rent a yacht to feel like, well, a yacht owner. Slowing venture capital returns may be a caution flag for deals later this year.
Who doesn't want to feel like a yacht owner sometimes? The spray in your face, the wind that would be in your hair but for your spiffy cap. The confidence that comes from knowing you can afford — oh, wait.
For the rest of us, the news is that U.K-based Borrow a Boat announced it just raised 3 million pounds ($3.65 million) in a crowdfunding campaign. That brings the total funding of the five-year old business to 7.8 million pounds, all crowdfunded. The latest deal was for five times as much as the company initially planned to raise, Borrow a Boat said.
“We have always believed that boat rental should be as easy as booking a hotel, flight or train, so we could see t