Articles tagged “startups”

Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

Booking.com Buys Evature for Its Chatbot Talent

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This acqui-hire of Tel Aviv chatbot start-up Evature underlines the intense interest travel companies now have in natural-language search by text or voice -- and for the technical talent that can make the magic happen.

5 days ago

India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The 23-year-old CEO of loss-generating hotel aggregator Oyo Rooms has a business vision that has attracted total funding of $446 million to date. What could go wrong? Well...

6 days ago

HotelTonight Outlook — Travel’s Best and Brightest Have a Say on Its Prospects

HotelTonight Outlook — Travel’s Best and Brightest Have a Say on Its Prospects

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Most of the travel brainiacs we consulted feel that HotelTonight has an uphill battle ahead, but as they say in baseball, that's why they play the games. In other words, maybe they're wrong, and HotelTonight will have the right stuff to persevere. The entire travel industry is watching.

1 week ago

Package Vacation Platform GoFro Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Package Vacation Platform GoFro Raises $10 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Startups in India and Turkey have benefited from investment by venture capital firms located outside those countries. That's a trend that's a mixed blessing.

2 weeks ago

India Hotel Network Treebo Raises $34 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

India Hotel Network Treebo Raises $34 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel startups raised more than $72 million this week. The most promising of these is Treebo, which is banking on branded hotel networks as a niche in India.

3 weeks ago

Vacation Rental Network RedAwning Attracts $40 Million Round: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Vacation Rental Network RedAwning Attracts $40 Million Round: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Among the latest travel companies to receive funding, RedAwning and WanderJaunt are applying aspects of hotel franchising to home renting. Other companies will likely pile onto these experiments.

1 month ago

On Skift Turning Five and the Magic of Showing Up Every Day

On Skift Turning Five and the Magic of Showing Up Every Day

Rafat Ali, Skift

"Great nations start stoic and die epicurean." Curiosity + Constraints, the Skift formula in the last five years.

2 months ago

FabHotels Secures $25 Million in a Goldman Sachs-Led Round: Travel Startup Funding This Week

FabHotels Secures $25 Million in a Goldman Sachs-Led Round: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

FabHotel's franchise model joins peers OYO and Treebo in a promising effort to tame the famously fractured budget segment in India by applying consistent standards of service and marketing.

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago