Articles tagged “startups”

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Virtuo Raises $23 Million for Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Three interesting companies announced investments this week: Virtuo, a car rental service, aims to replace service counters with mobile-first customer service. May Mobility builds autonomous vehicles for smart cities. NuStay offers hotel price-comparison.

6 days ago

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A new name shows that GoEuro has ambitions outside of Europe. Can it deliver on this promise?

7 days ago

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

2nd Address Raises $10 Million for Rental Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The market for long-term business lodging is being dragged, thankfully, into the digital era by companies like 2nd Address. Plus, fundraising news for Festicket, Oaky, and Operto.

2 weeks ago

Oyo Enters the U.S. Budget Hotel Market

Oyo Enters the U.S. Budget Hotel Market

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Oyo has a seductive model of renovating budget hotels, running them efficiently through technology, and marketing them directly to consumers. But the startup risks imperial overreach by entering markets like the U.S. that differ significantly from its core markets in India and China.

2 weeks ago

AutoCamp Raises $115 Million for Glamping: Travel Startup Funding This Week

AutoCamp Raises $115 Million for Glamping: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

AutoCamp has built an outdoor brand on offering bookings for glamping, or camping in amenity-filled recreational vehicles and luxury vans. Given a new $115 million investment, it will expand across the U.S. Read on for other funding news, too, from Intelity, Zingle, Recharge, and LuggageHero.

3 weeks ago

Booking CEO Opposes Proposed EU Tax as an Innovation Killer

Booking CEO Opposes Proposed EU Tax as an Innovation Killer

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans sounds like a typical corporate boss, opposing additional taxation as anti-business. The proposed EU tax on revenue would amount to double taxation, and that's seldom a good thing.

3 weeks ago

Private Equity Takes Over Switchfly in a Bet on Travel Loyalty Tech

Private Equity Takes Over Switchfly in a Bet on Travel Loyalty Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Switchfly, a travel tech firm specializing in loyalty and e-commerce upselling, has been taken over by private equity firms Golub Capital and L Capital.

4 weeks ago

Itilite Raises $4 Million for Business Travel Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Itilite Raises $4 Million for Business Travel Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Itilite, which is sort of an Indian clone of TripActions and Rocketrip, has raised funds for its online booking tool, which encourages business travelers to keep their trip costs in check. VDroom, a visual asset management service, and Flyiin, an airline distribution tech provider, also announced funding rounds.

4 weeks ago

Uplift Raises $123 Million to Broaden Its Travel Loan Services

Uplift Raises $123 Million to Broaden Its Travel Loan Services

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The old idea of payments in monthly installments is seeing new life in the U.S. online travel sector. Uplift is one of the leading tech vendors powering loans to travelers for buying from airlines such as Spirit and search sites like Kayak. Expect a lot of marketing around this in 2019.

4 weeks ago

Travelstop Counts on Asian Startups to Unlock New Era in Corporate Travel

Travelstop Counts on Asian Startups to Unlock New Era in Corporate Travel

Raini Hamdi, Skift

For over a decade, corporate travel management companies have been trying to pry open the huge market in Asia but have hardly made a dent. Travelstop says now is the time, as the market is full of high-growth startups that will "get it." Perhaps such new players will finally disrupt the space.

1 month ago

Outdoorsy Raises $50 Million for RV Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Outdoorsy Raises $50 Million for RV Bookings: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Outdoorsy, an outdoor recreational vehicle marketplace, has raised $50 million in Series C funding. Plus, more travel startup funding news this week from esports brand ReKTGlobal, social trip-tracking company Polarsteps, and South Africa-based public transport data and technology startup WhereIsMyTransport.

1 month ago

RainFocus Raises $40 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

RainFocus Raises $40 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced funding for event management tech (RainFocus and B Network), luggage with power ports (Horizn Studios), short-term rental booking in Vietnam (Luxstay), and travel rewards tools for financial companies (Upgrade Pack).

1 month ago