Articles tagged “startups”

Cash-Back Biz Travel App Raises $7 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Cash-Back Biz Travel App Raises $7 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Dosh says it has 55 people working on letting travelers earn cash back on the money they spend on business trips, while Hoperator has debuted to bring AI tools to hotel chat. Each has promise.

5 days ago

The New Machine-Learning Booking Tool for Road Warriors: Travel Startup Funding This Week

The New Machine-Learning Booking Tool for Road Warriors: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New tech is going to vastly improve the efficiency of booking business trips, selling tours, and running short-term rentals. But it's too soon to know if these three freshly funded companies, in particular, will pull off the trick.

2 weeks ago

Keypr Unlocks $19 Million for Hotel Keyless Entry: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Keypr Unlocks $19 Million for Hotel Keyless Entry: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investors used to be skittish about hospitality-tech startups. But this week's multi-million dollar investment rounds in Keypr, Pillow, and Cloudbeds suggest that the lodging software sector is maturing and isn't just about hotels anymore.

1 month ago

Indian Agency Goomo Raises More Than $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Indian Agency Goomo Raises More Than $25 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Private equity aims to scale up an Indian agency with a core business traveler clientele, while two rival subscription airlines combine, and a clone of Airbnb for gay travelers receives funding. Clearly, some investors favor companies that focus on niches.

2 months ago

Online Festivals Hub Everfest Raises $3.6 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Online Festivals Hub Everfest Raises $3.6 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

About 32 million people attend at least one festival in the U.S. each year, traveling an average of 900 miles to attend one. Everfest has a promising model to profit off this trade by offering exclusive discounts and creating a festival recommendation engine.

2 months ago

YourWelcome Helps Rental Hosts to Upsell Their Guests: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YourWelcome Helps Rental Hosts to Upsell Their Guests: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

YourWelcome brings a fresh revenue stream to renters of short stay accommodations by leasing tablets that let hosts upsell guests on additional services. Whether the company succeeds or not, its idea is likely to catch on.

3 months ago

Travel Startup Ideas Guaranteed to Be Unicorns — Or Maybe Not

Travel Startup Ideas Guaranteed to Be Unicorns — Or Maybe Not

Deanna Ting, Skift

Who says you can't dream big — or small? Just don't ask us to pitch on Shark Tank, please. Also, this is why we're writers and not entrepreneurs.

3 months ago

Travel Tech Startup Accelerators Learn From Early Missteps and Adjust Course

Travel Tech Startup Accelerators Learn From Early Missteps and Adjust Course

Sean O'Neill, Skift

More than a dozen travel startup incubators and accelerators, backed by some of travel's best-known companies, have popped up in the past few years. The early word, which is hardly surprising, is that picking startup winners and helping them sign deals isn't just plug-and-play.

3 months ago

RoomChecking, Esplorio and More: Travel Startup Funding This Week

RoomChecking, Esplorio and More: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

International Airlines Group (owner of British Airways and Iberia) has invested in a couple of travel startups, while Paris-based RoomChecking makes a striking debut as a next-gen hotel operations startup — plus more news.

3 months ago

Screening Company Clear Raises $15 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Screening Company Clear Raises $15 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Long-promised improvements to airport security screening and rebooking in the event of flight disruption may finally be in the offing, thanks to follow-on rounds of fundings to the startups Clear and Freebird.

3 months ago

Flight Disruption Startup Freebird Snares Funding from General Catalyst and Accomplice

Flight Disruption Startup Freebird Snares Funding from General Catalyst and Accomplice

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's nice when folks smarter than us land on the same dime. General Catalyst and Accomplice, the famed venture capital firms, join us in seeing promise in Freebird, which gives corporate travel agencies superpowers when it comes to rebooking travelers.

3 months ago

Bizly Wants to Kill the Traditional Booking Process For Small Corporate Events

Bizly Wants to Kill the Traditional Booking Process For Small Corporate Events

Greg Oates, Skift

For online meeting space booking platforms like Bizly to be profitable, they have to offer both automated purchase capabilities and chat functionality with live venue staff to satisfy the demands of enterprise clients.

3 months ago