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Feb 18 and Feb 25th Events, Some Good Travel Startup Reading

From: Mike C.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:27 PM
Hey 2.0'ers,

I just announced an event for Feb 18 at WeWork Fulton. I'm excited to host a presentation by Dan Ruch, Founder and CEO of Rocketrip, an NYC-based travel startup which has found success on the B2B side and raised over $8m along the way. Here is the link to the event in case you missed it: http://www.meetup.com/Travel20/events/228554540/

Also, if you're in San Fran on Feb 25, a similar group to Travel 2.0 has started running excellent events there and I recommend checking them out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/travel-startups-february-meetup-tickets-21138285180 

Now, for some good reading. If you are actively working on or thinking about launching a travel startup, groups like Travel 2.0 and organizations like Travel Startups Incubator are here to help you understand the industry. There are plenty of great articles out there too but they can be hard to dig up. A few have been published recently that I wanted to share.

Over the years, I've been asked for advice or approached with proposals for travel planning startups practically on a weekly basis. Finally, someone has written a comprehensive and spot-on article about why travel planning is not a great area to focus on. The comment discussions are as good as the article. Highly recommended reading:

Semi-related to the article above, Norm Rose, a travel technology veteran, recently wrote about the lack of innovation he has been seeing in the past few years: http://www.traveltechnology.com/2015/12/after-20-years-i-am-still-looking-for-innovation-in-the-travel-industry/

And I was recently interviewed by Skift about the state of early-stage travel startup investing along with two other investors. The article contains some information about where opportunities lie: http://skift.Incom/2016/01/25/the-state-of-early-stage-travel-startups-where-investments-went-in-2015/

If you're an aspiring travel startup founder, I hope the above articles help you to gain more context on what problems are worth your focus, and what consititutes true innovation in this industry. I am also working on a post for Travel Startups Incubator about opportunities we see for 2016 and will be happy to share that soon.

As always, don't hesitate to reach out with questions or if you'd like to learn more about the incubator.

Happy reading, and hope to see you in February 18!

Michael Coletta
Co-Organizer, Travel 2.0
Managing Director, Travel Startups Incubator
About: mcoletta.com

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