Articles tagged “room 77”

Online Travel

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

Like Hipmunk, Room 77 had an innovative product and talented team but ran into a buzz saw: the marketing clout of Google preferencing its own products, and Expedia, Booking.com and Kayak. Don't feel sorry for the venture capital firms receiving just 53 cents on the dollar. That's the game they play. The real losers are the angel investor and employees, although we're sure for many it was quite a ride nonetheless.

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

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Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

With Lola's acquisition of Room 77's metasearch tech, Room 77 essentially becomes a consumer insights and hotel search test lab for Lola. Room 77's original founders have essentially exited the business: Google licensed its tech and hired the bulk of its employees, Expedia acquired Room 77's pioneering room-view tech, TrustYou bought Room 77's Checkmate hotel-messaging app, and now Lola picked up the remaining technology.

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

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TrustYou Acquires Hotel-Messaging Platform CheckMate

We don't know the terms of the transaction. Still, messaging, mobile and review analytics all make for a nice concoction and the two companies will likely be better for the mixture.

TrustYou Acquires Hotel-Messaging Platform CheckMate

Hotels

This Is 2016. Why Can’t We Still Book Specific Rooms in a Hotel?

In an age where almost anything can be on-demand and every hotel company says it wants to personalize and customize hotel guest experience, why is it still so hard for us to get the exact room we want to stay in?

This Is 2016. Why Can’t We Still Book Specific Rooms in a Hotel?

Online Travel

Google Travel’s Grand Plan? Become the Ultimate Aggregator

Will Google be the comeback kid in travel after under-whelming the competition over the last couple of years? Google is slowly -- very slowly -- getting its act together as it tries to get its figurative hand in virtually everything.

Google Travel’s Grand Plan? Become the Ultimate Aggregator

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Room 77 Taps Google for an Exit Strategy of Sorts

Expedia led the latest funding round of Room 77, but obviously didn't view an outright acquisition as advantageous. Expedia already has Trivago, which doesn't want to get distracted as it continues to grow and tear up Europe.

Room 77 Taps Google for an Exit Strategy of Sorts

Online Travel

Room 77 Licenses its Software to Google to Aid Mobile Travel-Booking Push

We said something like this was going to happen.

Room 77 Licenses its Software to Google to Aid Mobile Travel-Booking Push

Online Travel

Is Room 77 Pivoting or Is It Just Changing Its Marketing Strategy?

Competing against the likes of Priceline's Kayak, Expedia's Trivago and even Google will be very tough going for Room 77. Is Room 77 giving up on the challenge or playing possum while it hones its mobile skills?

Is Room 77 Pivoting or Is It Just Changing Its Marketing Strategy?

Online Travel

The Top 31 Most Heavily Venture-Funded Startups In Travel

The global travel industry is going through a lot of disruption, and the biggest sectors include the sharing economy and ground transportation, as well as one large potential winner in the hotel booking sector.

The Top 31 Most Heavily Venture-Funded Startups In Travel

Online Travel

Investor and Room 77 Founder on the Travel Startup Dilemma

Room 77 will keep innovating and has a great product. In the big picture it won't face the thankless task of competing against the big brands forever because one of those huge players will undoubtedly end up acquiring it. Hipmunk has similar challenges, and prospects.