social travel

  • Tripbirds Pivots From Social Travel Omnibus To Social Hotel Booking Site

    Tripbirds Pivots From Social Travel Omnibus To Social Hotel Booking Site

    When I interviewed Tripbirds co-founder Ted Valentin before the social travel recommendation site’s launch in March, he told me that hotel bookings formed the core of Tripbirds’ revenue-generation model. “If we can nail hotel recommendations, you don’t have to do more to have a valuable business,” he said. Now, Tripbirds is taking this idea to heart: the… Read More

  • Gogobot Launches Its Redesigned iPhone Travel App, Hits 2M Registered Users

    Gogobot Launches Its Redesigned iPhone Travel App, Hits 2M Registered Users

    Social travel site Gogobot has been on a roll lately. Just two months ago, the company announced that it had passed 1 million registered users. Today, Gogobot announced that it now has more than 2 million users, up 100% in the past 60 days. Currently a new users signs up for the service every 15 seconds. To celebrate this milestone, the company also today announced its completely redesigned… Read More

  • Jetpac’s Social Travel iPad App Grabs $2.4 Million From Khosla Ventures, Jerry Yang And Others

    Jetpac’s Social Travel iPad App Grabs $2.4 Million From Khosla Ventures, Jerry Yang And Others

    Jetpac, a gorgeous social travel application for iPad, has just scored $2.4 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures, Morado Venture Partners, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and [redacted], a top Facebook exec. (Sorry, they won’t let us say). The company first debuted its iPad app in April of this year, which lets you browse and favorite travel photos taken by your friends on Facebook. Read More

  • LoungeUp Scores Seed Round To Help Hotels Keep Guests App Happy

    LoungeUp Scores Seed Round To Help Hotels Keep Guests App Happy

    Anything that helps hotels improve their customer service levels is welcome in my book. Tools to help them upsell, not quite so much. To that end, LoungeUp, a startup that provides a platform to enable hotels to jump on the mobile app bandwagon, has announced that it’s raised a seed round of “several hundred thousand euros” from Pôle Capital and several Angels, including… Read More

  • Social Travel Site Gogobot Redesigns: Less Text, More Photos

    Social Travel Site Gogobot Redesigns: Less Text, More Photos

    Gogobot, the social travel site that recently passed the 1 million registered user mark, just launched an interesting redesign this week that turn the site’s homepage into more of an interactive magazine experience with a focus on photos instead of the site’s previous text-heavy design. As Gogobot’s founder Travis Katz told me earlier this week, the Gogobot team noticed that… Read More

  • Trippy Brings Its Social Travel Planner To iPad

    Trippy Brings Its Social Travel Planner To iPad

    Trippy a social travel planner for web and mobile (and former TechCrunch Disrupt participant) is launching its first iPad application today to complement its current iPhone-only offering. The app, like many focused on content discovery, looks much more amazing on the iPad, where you can browse big, beautiful photos of places you want to go. You can see the photos laid out in the… Read More

  • Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

    Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

    We’ve been covering Gogobot since it first launched in early 2010. It took the social travel discovery and advice site a little while to find its niche, but since about the middle of 2011, it’s been adding new members rapidly. Today, Gogobot is announcing that it has now surpassed the 1 million registered user mark. According to the company’s own data, a new member is signing… Read More

  • Gogobot Opens For Business In Europe (Smart Move: 44% Of Its Customers Are Here Already, Says CEO Travis Katz)

    Gogobot Opens For Business In Europe (Smart Move: 44% Of Its Customers Are Here Already, Says CEO Travis Katz)

    Social travel site Gogobot is doing a little traveling of its own. Today, it’s announcing the opening of its first European headquarters, in London. The move, says Travis Katz, the CEO and founder of the company, is being done to capitalize on the fact that the site already has nearly as many users in Europe as it does in the rest of the world: some 44 percent of people who have linked… Read More

  • Social Travel In Realtime: HipGeo Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Location-Aware Apps

    Social Travel In Realtime: HipGeo Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Location-Aware Apps

    As Semil showed back in November, social travel sites are all the rage these days among the entrepreneurs, offering plenty of interesting approaches to offering recommendations on where and how to travel. You may not have heard of HipGeo, but if you’re a traveler, this is something that will likely pique your curiosity. HipGeo has developed a location-aware platform that records and… Read More