Articles tagged “startups”

Divvy Raises $10.5 Million to Tame Expense Reports: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Divvy Raises $10.5 Million to Tame Expense Reports: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Divvy is an expense management startup that faces formidable competition from incumbent players, such as Concur, Certify, and Expensify. To draw users, it's offering business travel booking discounts and tools. Clever.

6 days ago

Cruise Agency Dreamlines Raises $55 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Cruise Agency Dreamlines Raises $55 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Cruise lines better hope that Dreamlines and other online booking tools for cruise travel don't interfere too much with their long-standing business models.

2 weeks ago

Life House Raises $40 Million to Modernize Hotels: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Life House Raises $40 Million to Modernize Hotels: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Life House is a hospitality company that strives to be an experience platform offering more than mere beds to sleep in, echoing some of the Megatrends Skift identified for 2018. But it's unclear why investors in the company think it will scale as rapidly as venture capitalists typically expect.

3 weeks ago

BlaBlaCar Buys Less to Plug a Carpooling Tech Gap

BlaBlaCar Buys Less to Plug a Carpooling Tech Gap

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It’s too early to know if short-distance, urban carpooling from BlaBlaCar can effectively compete with taxis and car-hailing apps like Cabify, Lyft, and Uber. But as a defensive experiment, the move makes sense.

4 weeks ago

Guesty Raises $19 Million for Vacation Rental Sales: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Guesty Raises $19 Million for Vacation Rental Sales: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel startups raised more than $128 million this week. Tel Aviv-based Guesty, which is like a Salesforce for vacation rental property managers, was one of the fortunate companies.

4 weeks ago

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Announcing Skift’s Air Pitch Startup Competition

Announcing Skift’s Air Pitch Startup Competition

Accenture Amadeus Alliance + Skift

We teamed up with the Accenture Amadeus Alliance to give travel industry startups a platform to pitch their innovative solutions at our premier startup competition.

4 weeks ago

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If venture-backed startup Lumo has its way, more travelers will avoid flight cancellations thanks to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. No wonder that JetBlue, EasyJet, and other companies are interested.

1 month ago

TravelPerk Raises $21 Million for Business Travel Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

TravelPerk Raises $21 Million for Business Travel Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TravelPerk's and TravelTriangle's fundings are yet a further sign that Skift called it right in our 2018 megatrend predictions. We said companies are investing heavily in treating business travelers as respectable consumers rather than as animals that need prodding like goats.

1 month ago

IfOnly Raises $20 Million for Activities Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

IfOnly Raises $20 Million for Activities Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

MasterCard, Hyatt, and others must have done their homework before they invested in IfOnly. Still, the startup certainly expects outsiders to take too much on faith about its progress.

2 months ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Amadeus Is Revving Up Its Startup Involvement

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Amadeus Is Revving Up Its Startup Involvement

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel startups face long odds, but the lucky ones have a champion in Suzanna Chiu, who has spearheaded an array of programs at travel technology giant Amadeus that have been helping startups thrive. The industry needs more folks like her.

2 months ago

Dubai Agency HolidayMe Raises $12 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Dubai Agency HolidayMe Raises $12 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As winter gives way to spring, at least in the northern hemisphere, startups raised more than $24 million to expand online travel booking and planning in the Middle East and Europe. Just in time for consumers planning summer trips.

2 months ago

Ex-Googler in Taiwan Uses Blockchain to Track Double Hotel Bookings

Ex-Googler in Taiwan Uses Blockchain to Track Double Hotel Bookings

Bloomberg

Who knew that double hotel bookings, due to the proliferation of third-party sites, was such a big problem. Alas, many hoteliers were undoubtedly well-aware of the issue. Hey, if OwlTing's blockchain can help reduce the problem, then it is likely worth a few Bitcoin to someone.

2 months ago