If you’ve ever traveled with your family or significant other or a pack of bros, you know how much of a pain in the ass it can be to get everyone on the same page about what y’all are gonna do. You’ve probably struggled through by collecting emails and spreadsheets with suggestions and whatnot, but it’s a painful process and it takes days and weeks and months, and it stresses you out when you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself on vacation.
Well, Gogobot has a solution that it hopes you will use. The startup just made it easier for users to create plans together, rolling out a new feature on its web and mobile apps that will allow them to share things they’d like to do as they travel.
The Shared Trip Planning feature, which works more or less how it sounds, lets users create a “trip plan” — you know, kind of like if they were traveling alone — and then they can “share” it with others. The Shared Trip Planning feature works best with people who you’re actually planning a trip with so you can all see what everyone has in mind. And then they add things and you add things and everyone has all the things in one place.
So you can decide on all the hotels and restaurants and bars and whatever you want to go to together. Since all of it is based in the cloud, you and your friends will automatically have the shared data and recommendations available on each of all the different devices you wish to access them from. And once you have that info, well then, you can go to those places. Or have one of your fellow travelers direct you there since your phone will probably die at some point.
Gogobot has been around for about 2.5 years and has raised $19 million from a bunch of investors that you’ve heard of. Folks like Redpoint Ventures, Battery Ventures, CrunchFund*, Oren Zeev, Keith Rabois, and Innovation Endeavors.
* CrunchFund invested. You know that means?!?! It’s disclosure time! Michael Arrington founded TechCrunch, and he founded CrunchFund. Then at some point he invested in Gogobot. Good for them. But that’s not why I’m writing about them.