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Re: [Travel20] Travel 2.0 And Other Updates

From: Mike C.
Sent on: Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:04 PM
Hey 2.0'ers,

I haven't been able to run a meetup for the group since last September, so I hope you've been getting your dose of NYC travel tech with Voyager!

I've been speaking with Phocuswright and Voyager about running a networking event together with our group soon, so stay tuned for details on that.

For now, I wanted to let everyone know that Phocuswright will be hosting our first standalone startup Battleground event at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA on September 12.

I've always felt that Phocuswright events create the most productive networking environment in the travel industry. For $200, the Battleground will replicate the environment of The Phocuswright Conference at 1/20th of the cost (a ticket to the Nov conference is $4,200), and will be jam-packed with ideas and opportunities, featuring:
  • 16 pitches from the most promising travel startups across the Americas
  • Keynote from Sam Shank, Co-Founder & CEO of HotelTonight
  • Panel conversation with top investors and entrepreneurs about the state of innovation and investment in travel
  • Phocuswright research presentation on the State of Travel Startups in 2017 (presented by yours truly!)
  • An evening of networking with the investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs in attendance
You can use code "Meetup17" to register to get $25 off. Register here.

Also, if you’d like to apply to compete as a startup, you can do so here. (the deadline to apply is coming up soon on July 31)

Hope to see you there!

P.S. In my last email, I had asked if anyone wants to help run this group and I know a few of you replied but I didn't get back to you. Sorry! If anyone is still interested, please let me know and I'll prioritize.


Michael Coletta
Organizer, Travel 2.0 Meetup Group
Manager of Research and Innovation, Phocuswright

On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 10:49 AM, Mike Coletta <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey 2.0'ers,

It's been a while! Lots of updates to share.

Recently I took a new full-time position with Phocuswright as Manager of Research and Innovation. If you're not familiar with Phocuswright, they're the travel industry research authority and they run some of the most influential conferences where industry leaders gather and startups compete for recognition.

So first things first, I want to share that Phocuswright is running a startup pitch competition at our Europe conference May 16-18 in Amsterdam and there are just a couple of spots left. We also have discounted conference tickets available for founders with a startup less than 4 years old who have never attended a Phocuswright event before. Pitching or just attending are both great opportunities to reach decision-makers in Europe. Email me for details if interested and check out the conference website here:

Back in NYC, I wanted to let everyone know that is coming up on April 20-23, with a tech/startup focus on Saturday April 22 at Bohemian National Hall (UES Manhattan). For the last 3 years I have run full-day Travel 2.0 content tracks at NYTF, but this year I can't make it so Bill Beckler, co-founder of, and Dmitry Koltunov and Alex Shashou, co-founders of, will be stepping in to host an informative talk and a panel discussion all about travel startups. You may remember their entertaining and enlightening sessions at NYTF last April and The CTO Show meetup in August. There will be other tech and startup-focused content that day too, check out the full schedule here:

Also in NYC, VoyagerHQ has a couple of events coming up that look great:

And out in San Francisco, will be held May 22-24. They're having a pitch competition where I'll be a judge, and lots of in-depth content sessions. (full schedule here)

I hope to be running more 2.0's soon, but it's tougher for me these days since I moved further south from Manhattan. Would anyone here like to help plan and run events for the group?


Michael Coletta
Organizer, Travel 2.0 Meetup Group
Manager of Research and Innovation, Phocuswright

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