Articles tagged “venture capital”

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Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Airbnb and Other Unicorns Suffer by Staying Private, High-Profile Tech Investor Argues

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Would Airbnb and Uber, for example, be truly better off as public companies? It's unclear because they both have access to tons of money already. But they would both certainly be better equipped to spin their own narratives.

11 months ago

JetBlue CEO Defends Bag Fee Hike as Cost of Doing Business

JetBlue CEO Defends Bag Fee Hike as Cost of Doing Business

Hannah Sampson, Skift

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes knows there is nostalgia for the days before airlines introduced so many fees. But he said he is more focused on the carrier's other priorities: legroom, entertainment, and Wi-Fi.

11 months ago

New Skift Research E-Book: The Latest Wave of Venture Capital Investment in Travel Startups

New Skift Research E-Book: The Latest Wave of Venture Capital Investment in Travel Startups

Seth Borko, Skift Research

The travel industry, no stranger to disruption, is experiencing a new wave of venture-backed startups. These businesses are generally larger than ever before and focused on bringing new customers and products into the digital travel fold. We expect this momentum to continue and for it to have an impact on executives, founders, and investors throughout the sector.

11 months ago

Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge Serves as a Startup Guardian Angel

Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge Serves as a Startup Guardian Angel

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Having sold his business to Booking Holdings last year, former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge has had more time for venture investing. His views on travel startup funding are insightful. And we're not saying that just because we hope to be invited to see the gorgeous mansion in Scotland that he's been refurbishing.

12 months ago

Black Travel Founders Wary of Investment If It Means Loss of Control

Black Travel Founders Wary of Investment If It Means Loss of Control

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Venture capital has definite appeal for founders looking to scale faster, but some black travel entrepreneurs would rather avoid that discriminatory world.

1 year ago

Airline, Hotel, and Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Startup Aiming to Fix Travel Data Hurdle

Airline, Hotel, and Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Startup Aiming to Fix Travel Data Hurdle

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Journera aims to act like a magnet attracting relevant information across company databases about a traveler’s complete trip. It would help, say, a hotel learn when a high-status customer’s flight has been delayed. While the idea is great in theory, it may prove elusive in practice.

1 year ago

Video: Naspers Group Investment Exec Sees Consumer Focus Shifting From Price to Convenience

Video: Naspers Group Investment Exec Sees Consumer Focus Shifting From Price to Convenience

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Are consumers discarding price-consciousness for convenience? Uber is convenient, but it's also cheap. These dueling preferences aren't clear-cut, and the trends will remain complex.

1 year ago

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Better, faster, stronger. We pinpointed 20 venture-backed companies — mostly young — that promise breakaway potential. These startups prove that innovation is happening everywhere, from Atlanta to Ramallah to Queensland.

1 year ago

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If venture-backed startup Lumo has its way, more travelers will avoid flight cancellations thanks to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. No wonder that JetBlue, EasyJet, and other companies are interested.

2 years ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Amadeus Is Revving Up Its Startup Involvement

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Amadeus Is Revving Up Its Startup Involvement

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel startups face long odds, but the lucky ones have a champion in Suzanna Chiu, who has spearheaded an array of programs at travel technology giant Amadeus that have been helping startups thrive. The industry needs more folks like her.

2 years ago

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Expects Blockchain to Be a Major Disruptor

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Expects Blockchain to Be a Major Disruptor

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Will blockchain's impact be like the internet's influence on travel? JetBlue Technology Ventures President Bonny Simi thinks so.

2 years ago

New Skift Research Report: The State of Tours and Activities 2018

New Skift Research Report: The State of Tours and Activities 2018

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

The digital revolution has finally come for tours and activities. Our latest research report dives into challenges for this fragmented sector as it shifts increasingly online and to mobile, but highlights the potential market opportunity for a very diverse, experiential space.

2 years ago