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CellPoint Mobile Raises $14 Million for App Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week

CellPoint Mobile Raises $14 Million for App Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

CellPoint Mobile, which helps airlines and other travel companies run their mobile apps more effectively, has received $14 million in investment. The move underscores the ongoing venture capital interest in business-to-business services in travel.

5 months ago

Amadeus Backs Startup Volantio to Help Airlines Manage Overbooked Flights

Amadeus Backs Startup Volantio to Help Airlines Manage Overbooked Flights

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Props to Volantio, which won the Air Pitch startup competition at Skift Global Forum last year, for now getting investment and sales support from Amadeus.

5 months ago

General Atlantic Buys Startup Kiwi.com in Travel Tech Play by Private Equity

General Atlantic Buys Startup Kiwi.com in Travel Tech Play by Private Equity

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A top-tier private equity firm like General Atlantic should provide a strong tailwind for Kiwi as it branches out from selling plane tickets into other types of travel. But it's a bit surprising that Ctrip.com or another travel conglomerate didn't bite instead.

5 months ago

Interprefy Raises $2.8 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Interprefy Raises $2.8 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Startups announcing funding this week include Mindsay, a travel chatbot maker, Interprefy, a service for providing remote interpreters for events, Airfree, a service that sells duty-free products online during flights, and Airblack, a social-travel commerce startup.

5 months ago

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The funding of French startup Mindsay may be small news. But interviews with its customers Iberia and CWT suggest that a second wave of chatbot technology has stopped frustrating travelers with as many misunderstandings as the earlier tech did. That's a big deal for the sector.

5 months ago

Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced more than $309 million in funding, as Mafengwo, Prowler.io, Instawork, Revenue Analytics, Dawex, and Outpost received investments.

5 months ago

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Lilium's five-seat aircrafts can operate in pilot or drone mode, but the company must raise more venture capital dollars for it to reach its goal.

5 months ago

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week's travel startups, including YouTrip, GetYourGuide, Away, and Anyplace, announced more than $611 million in funding.

5 months ago

IndiGo Founders Feud May Stall Airline’s Growth

IndiGo Founders Feud May Stall Airline’s Growth

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The last thing India's airline sector needs right now, after the collapse of Jet Airways, is a wobbling strategy by its market leader, IndiGo. Let's hope this founders feud is a tempest in a teapot that passes quickly.

5 months ago

Away Raises $100 Million for Expansion Beyond Selling Luggage

Away Raises $100 Million for Expansion Beyond Selling Luggage

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Away has so far managed the tricky transition to brand extensions beyond suitcases. The established travel goods industry will be watching with envy if the startup can continue to pull off its empire-building.

5 months ago

Tourlane Raises $47 Million for Multiday Tours: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Tourlane Raises $47 Million for Multiday Tours: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Planning and booking complex international trips remains a pain point, and Tourlane, Skylark, and TravelLocal are part of a growing wave of companies attempting to provide savvier solutions for travelers. Plus: funding news for authentic souvenir aggregator Rare Planet, serviced apartments provider Mint House, and sustainable mobility tech provider TransitScreen.

5 months ago

Masabi Raises $20 Million for Ticketing Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Masabi Raises $20 Million for Ticketing Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Masabi enables cities, such as Denver and Sydney, to sell tickets on public transit via the mobile apps of travel companies like Uber. Meanwhile, Elenium disrupts airport self check-in, Pana pivots into corporate travel, and Sweetguest surfs the growth in management services for vacation rentals.

6 months ago