Articles tagged “venture capital”

Why Airbnb Won’t Do an Initial Public Offering in 2020

Why Airbnb Won’t Do an Initial Public Offering in 2020

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has always put itself out there as not just another startup or your grandmother's online travel agency. Going the direct listing route, as opposed to a far costlier initial public offering, could fit in nicely with that narrative.

4 weeks ago

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sonder's hotel-style serviced apartments operate in that sweet spot between Airbnb homeshares and full-on hotels. There are, of course, plenty of rivals doing a similar thing, but this funding round will enable Sonder to expand its business and give it a competitive edge.

3 months ago

Skift Top Travel Startups to Watch 2019

Skift Top Travel Startups to Watch 2019

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We’ve pinpointed 25 of the most promising venture-backed travel companies. Check out our list to find a useful partner for your business.

4 months ago

How Healthcare’s Gender Bias Created a Booming Wellness Industry

How Healthcare’s Gender Bias Created a Booming Wellness Industry

Laura Powell, Skift

Ask any woman, and she’ll likely tell you she’s been told by a medical doctor, either implicitly or explicitly, that “it’s all in your head.” The medical industry’s tendency to dismiss many of the health concerns of female patients has been a big factor in the rise of the wellness industry.

6 months ago

Booking’s FareHarbor Kept the Bootstrapping Myth Going While Discreetly Raising Outside Money

Booking’s FareHarbor Kept the Bootstrapping Myth Going While Discreetly Raising Outside Money

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Honesty is the best policy. Even if it clashes with a nice FareHarbor bootstrapping story that seemed too good to be true.

6 months ago

Lyft IPO Teaches Lessons to Other Rising Travel Startups

Lyft IPO Teaches Lessons to Other Rising Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Several travel startups dream of going public. Lyft's initial public offering shows that profitability isn't necessarily as important as growth in the eyes of some investors, among some other key lessons.

7 months ago

What Next-Gen Alternative Accommodations Will Look Like: New Skift Research

What Next-Gen Alternative Accommodations Will Look Like: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Analyzing startups and venture capital trends helps us glimpse the future of travel.

8 months ago

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As an airline, AirAsia has led its peers in many metrics, especially on cost control. But its new effort to nurture startups has the odds against it. Will this effort bring strategic gains for the company? We’ll know in a few years.

8 months ago

What Venture Capital Likes in Travel Startups: New Skift Research

What Venture Capital Likes in Travel Startups: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Analyzing startups helps us understand what the future of travel holds. The latest generation of startups promises innovation across many facets of travel: hospitality, tours, airlines, business travel, and more.

8 months ago

Venture Capital Shows Growing Interest in New Hospitality Models: What Are the Risks?

Venture Capital Shows Growing Interest in New Hospitality Models: What Are the Risks?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

To quote a smart venture capitalist, "Just because investment money is pouring in doesn’t mean all bets are good bets!” WhyHotel itself may be a well-run business, but the sudden rush of venture money into a full array of hospitality businesses does raise eyebrows overall.

10 months ago

SnapTravel Raises $21 Million With an Assist From NBA Star Steph Curry

SnapTravel Raises $21 Million With an Assist From NBA Star Steph Curry

Natalie Wong, Bloomberg

The travel industry startup ecosystem could use some fresh ideas, so we salute new investors placing bets like Steph Curry, the basketball star playing for the Golden State Warriors. Curry's investment in SnapTravel, a messaging-based hotel booking tool, holds promise but the outcome remains uncertain for the company, which has raised $22.4 million to date.

11 months ago

Airbnb Creates Niches for a New Generation of Vacation Rental Startups: Skift Research E-Book

Airbnb Creates Niches for a New Generation of Vacation Rental Startups: Skift Research E-Book

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Airbnb has built itself into the third most richly valued startup in the world over the last decade. But business never stands still, and as Airbnb harvests its gains, the latest generation of alternative accommodation startups are collecting all of the new venture capital in the space.

11 months ago