Articles tagged “sss”

The Fickle Startup: When to Chase and When to Flee From a Category Leader

The Fickle Startup: When to Chase and When to Flee From a Category Leader

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Given the headlines, while Rome2Rio, Captain Train and Loco2 are trying to get the message out that they are just as hot as travel-startup peer GoEuro, in contrast Hot Hotels is getting the word out that it will avoid some of the business model pitfalls of HotelTonight.

4 years ago

Startups Stories Series: The Pivot to B2B Is Not the Promised Land

Startups Stories Series: The Pivot to B2B Is Not the Promised Land

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel startups pivoting from a consumer business toward a B2B focus is trendy, with founders and CEOs believing that there will be fewer marketing woes and reduced competition. But get in line when it comes to joining the droves of startups trying to sell to big corporations, hotels and travel agencies. The sales hurdle can be almost as intractable as the marketing roadblock.

4 years ago

Startup Stories Series: Do Accelerators Really Help Travel Startups?

Startup Stories Series: Do Accelerators Really Help Travel Startups?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A startup is only as good as the real-world use case it's trying to address, and sometime it takes the support of an accelerator to discover how to do this.

4 years ago

Startup Stories Series: Building a Booking Startup in Southern Africa

Startup Stories Series: Building a Booking Startup in Southern Africa

Dennis Schaal, Skift

How does a travel startup succeed in Zimbabwe and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa? Focus on a neglected space in a huge market. Whether startup Africabookings can make it as a business remains to be seen. The market opportunity, though, is certainly humongous.

4 years ago

Startup Stories: Travel Industry Veteran Cheryl Rosner on Knowing What You Stand For

Startup Stories: Travel Industry Veteran Cheryl Rosner on Knowing What You Stand For

Dennis Schaal, Skift

For travel startups, company culture is more than window-dressing. It can have a lot to do with whether or not you survive to fight another day.

4 years ago

Interview: Gogobot CEO on the Secret to Travel Startup Survival

Interview: Gogobot CEO on the Secret to Travel Startup Survival

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel startups will never emerge from the startup phase if they can't be creative and figure out a way to scale their businesses and get people to use their websites and apps more than a couple of times per year. Sometimes it means community-building or expanding beyond "travel" into local discovery.

4 years ago

Piper Jaffray Vets Travel Startups to Get a Better View of Public Companies

Piper Jaffray Vets Travel Startups to Get a Better View of Public Companies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson points out, it isn't alway the first-mover that leads to a successful exit for a travel startup. Often it is later arrivals with a team that can really execute and has better networks or more ample funding.

4 years ago

Startup Stories Series: Oyster’s Path From Near-Collapse to TripAdvisor Acquisition

Startup Stories Series: Oyster’s Path From Near-Collapse to TripAdvisor Acquisition

Dennis Schaal, Skift

For a travel startup like Oyster, there's nothing like attracting the interest of a deep-pocketed buyer with a huge consumer audience. Oyster knew that is what it needed and it bucked the odds and lived to fight another day.

4 years ago