Articles tagged “venture capital”

Travel Startups Work With Breakthrough Technologies That Could Threaten Industry Leaders

Travel Startups Work With Breakthrough Technologies That Could Threaten Industry Leaders

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and blockchain, have yet to make the leap from buzzword to mainstay, but have the potential to disrupt travel incumbents. The big players will have ample opportunity to adapt, though, and leading startups can play a role in helping executives grapple with when and how to implement these technologies.

1 month ago

New Skift Research Report: Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel 2018

New Skift Research Report: Venture Investment Trends and Startup Opportunities in Travel 2018

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Venture capitalists invested a record amount in travel startups in 2017. The industry is no stranger to disruption, but we may be seeing some of the greatest changes of the last two decades. Our latest research report is a deep dive into these emerging trends with insights for founders, incumbents, and investors.

2 months ago

Vacasa Raises $103 Million as Venture Capital Commits to the Property Management Sector

Vacasa Raises $103 Million as Venture Capital Commits to the Property Management Sector

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacasa spent years building a business before venture capital came along for the ride at this level. Its fate now depends on how well it executes the sometimes-cumbersome task of on-boarding new properties at scale, and whether it can avoid hubris.

4 months ago

Travel Startup Money Is Flowing But the Road to an Exit Is More Distant

Travel Startup Money Is Flowing But the Road to an Exit Is More Distant

Dan Peltier, Skift

Blockchain and China are both areas that investors find interesting, but blockchain requires a long-term view and China is really tough, especially domestically. Meanwhile, investors are pouring money into artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and are trying to sort out which travel startups working in these fields will make it to the finish line.

5 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.

10 months ago

Thayer Ventures’ New Travel Tech Fund Will Be Cautious About Consumer Startups

Thayer Ventures’ New Travel Tech Fund Will Be Cautious About Consumer Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despite the recent attempts at corporate venture capital by JetBlue, Booking.com, and other big players, many travel companies prefer to invest in startups via traditional venture funds instead.

11 months ago

A Data Dive Into European Venture Capital: Top Companies by Funding

A Data Dive Into European Venture Capital: Top Companies by Funding

Dave Montali, Skift

Diving into the data of European VC reveals that while new tech-hubs are emerging, the landscape is still vastly dominated by the traditional trio of well-established tech-hubs. Namely London, Paris, and Berlin.

11 months ago

The Venture Capital Funding Gap in European Travel

The Venture Capital Funding Gap in European Travel

Dave Montali, Skift

Venture capital's returns are usually achieved in the long-term, a great match for pension funds. However, European pension funds are still reluctant to allocate money to VC, considering it a risky venture.

11 months ago

New Skift Research Report: European Venture Investment Trends in the Travel Industry 2017

New Skift Research Report: European Venture Investment Trends in the Travel Industry 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Europe is finally warming up to the American-style, risk big and risk early venture investment culture that has given birth to so many tech megabrands out of Silicon Valley.

11 months ago

Airbnb Is Flush With the Money It’s Making Outside the United States

Airbnb Is Flush With the Money It’s Making Outside the United States

Patrick Whyte, Skift

As a private company Airbnb isn't required to publicly disclose much when it comes to its finances. What is clear from analysing the accounts of Airbnb Payments UK Ltd., however, is just how much money is swilling about the company.

1 year ago

Vacation Rental Metasearch Site Tripping.com Raises $35 Million

Vacation Rental Metasearch Site Tripping.com Raises $35 Million

Bloomberg

There's some big money flowing into online booking, and big money is what they all need to compete in a world where Google placement is often the leading indicator of success.

1 year ago

What’s Keeping Uber and Airbnb From Going Public

What’s Keeping Uber and Airbnb From Going Public

Dave Montali, Skift

Are IPOs a feasible option for the sharing economy?

1 year ago