Hello Travel 2.0-ers,
Our next meetup will feature Gillian Morris, the cofounder of TripCommon (http://www.tripcommon.com). Come hear her take on the experience of founding a startup in what may be NY investors' least favorite market, and what it's taken to get TripCommon from idea to revenue-producing company.
When: Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:30 PM
Where: The Hatchery (http://www.hatchery.vc/) at 1601 Broadway (entrance on 48th St. northwest corner), 12th floor
Cost: FREE thanks to our sponsor Goodwin Procter (http://www.goodwinfoundersworkbench.com)
TripCommon (http://www.tripcommon.com/) is a new kind of travel search and booking engine. By allowing users to search with flexible dates, destination, and price ranges, TripCommon is lowering the barriers that keep people from traveling as much as they would like. Which means: more travelers and more transactions in a market that saw $313bn in online sales in 2012.
We'll focus on the challenges for early-stage companies, with an emphasis on the travel space but lessons relevant to all:
- integrating with market trends & how to sell your story to investors
- finding the right technical and marketing talent to build your company
- getting access (ideally for free) to relevant data
- where to look for partnership opportunities
Gillian Morris has been founding businesses and helping them grow from the age of 12, when she began breeding parakeets and selling them to local pet stores. Three years of work as a transport & logistics analyst in the middle east - and two extensions to her passport - left her convinced that existing online travel solutions ignore a large and growing market. She cofounded TripCommon in 2012 to address this and is currently based in New York and Boston.
Special thanks to our sponsor Goodwin Procter (http://www.goodwinfoundersworkbench.com), a national law firm with a collective determination and an entrepreneurial spirit. Goodwin works with individuals and investors leading the way in new technologies and markets. Their award winning website, http://www.goodwinfoundersworkbench.com , is a great resource that provides free access to critical start-up forms, memorandum, best practices and other resources to form, operate and protect your start-up.
We're ecstatic to be hosted again by The Hatchery (http://www.hatchery.vc/) in their newest space, centrally located for your convenience in Times Square! The Hatchery is a venture collaboration incubator building B2B Startups. They are looking for entrepreneurs in residence. If you are a killer developer who is building something needing sales, funding, and the other 800 hats you have to wear, here is a partner. If you are a killer biz dev who knows an industry inside and out, stop by to white board solutions to turn into businesses.
Learn how to take an idea to market, stand out in a crowded app space, and quit your Wall Street jobs to make it to startup stardom. Network with follow startup entrepreneurs and industry folks in travel, social media, and social commerce. As always, we'll have beer!
7:00-8:15pm: Introductions, Presentation/Discussion, Q&A
8:15-9:00pm: More networking and wrap-up
We would appreciate it if you would tweet the event using the hashtags #travel20, #traveltech and/or #nytech.
As always, if you know people who are interested in travel and mobile technology, please feel free to invite them to join our group!
Also please feel free to let me know about travel startups who you believe would be good candidates to present at a Travel 2.0 in the near future. We hope to be expanding to San Francisco and Boston soon!
Thanks, and I hope to see you on April 10th!
- Mike Coletta