This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top San Francisco Travel Companies
Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world through mobile phones or the internet. The company connects travelers seeking authentic experiences with hosts offering unique, inspiring spaces around the world.
Whether the available space is a castle for a night, a sailboat for a week, or an apartment for a month, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to showcase these distinctive spaces to an audience of millions. By facilitating bookings and financial transactions, Airbnb makes the process of listing or booking a space effortless and efficient.
With 4,500,000 listings in over 65,000 cities in 191 countries, the company offers the widest variety of unique spaces for everyone, at any price point around the globe. The company was co-founded in August 2008 by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, and is currently headquartered in San Francisco, California..
Peek is a travel activities marketplace based in San Francisco, California. Peek makes the world’s tours and activities easily bookable — anytime, anywhere.
Their technology empowers operators to better manage and grow their businesses. Peek’s trusted marketplace connects people with everyday adventures that create lasting memories.
The Peek.com website and mobile app are marketing channels that generate new customers by making thousands of activities bookable online.. .
Duetto is hospitality’s only Revenue Strategy Platform. A powerful suite of cloud applications addresses the industry’s complexity in distribution and technology, providing solutions that increase booking conversion, efficiency, guest loyalty and revenue.
The unique combination of hospitality experience and technology leadership drives Duetto to look for new and innovative solutions to the industry’s greatest challenges. Duetto delivers software-as-a-service to hotels and casinos that leverage dynamic data sources and actionable insights into pricing and demand across the enterprise, enabling a holistic and more profitable Revenue Strategy..
Luka (dba Replika)
Luka is a software development company based in San Francisco, California. The company created Luka app, a new messenger with AI-powered chatbots.
They help you find places to eat, do web search, make plans together, pick places to eat, play trivia games and lots of other things in a messenger. In 2016 Luka launched a closed testing of Replika, a new app that allows to create a personal AI that you teach through text conversations.
The app is powered by a proprietary deep learning architecture.. .
Kasa Living is a real estate company that focuses on building a global accommodations brand. The company partners with owners of multifamily and boutique hospitality properties, transforming underutilized real estate into professionally managed units that cater to business and leisure travelers.
Kasa Living was founded in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Lyric is a tech and data-powered real estate and lifestyle hospitality company for the modern business traveler. It also designs and operates locally inspired short term rental properties that offer a professional, reliable, and delightful experience, far above what travelers get when they rent from an individual homeowner.
Lyric is committed to building a driven, supportive, and diverse environment to ensure they’re all inspired and pushed forward every day. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California..
Astra is a rocket launch startup that provides satellite delivery service and launch service. It offers online reservations for payload deliveries to both sun-synchronous and low inclination orbits.
Astra also offers dedicated launch services of 50kg-150kg payloads to 500km SSO reference orbit in 2020 and 2021. The company was founded by in 2016 by Chris Kemp and Adam with a mission to provide daily access to space..
Sojern provides digital marketing solutions for the travel industry. Powered by artificial intelligence and traveler intent data, Sojern activates multi-channel marketing solutions to drive direct demand.
More than 10,000 hotels, attractions, tourism boards and travel marketers rely on Sojern to engage and convert travelers around the world.. .
Sonder eases and owns hotel-style properties with spaces including a dining area, a living space extra bedrooms, and modern design and a phone or text concierge service. Every rental comes with beds, linens, towels, amenities and essentials, and feature art pieces and curated furniture.
Sonder currently manages over $2.3 billion of projects spanning commercially-zoned mixed-use, residential, serviced apartment, apart-hotel and hotel assets in cities.. .
Beyond Pricing is the #1 Revenue Management Platform for short-term rental owners and managers to acquire, keep, and grow revenue. Our partners have seen as much as a 40% increase in booking revenue by leveraging the tools on our platform.
We’ve helped thousands of property managers and property owners like Island Realty, Royal American Beach Getaways, and Coquet Cottages, get the most out of their listings. To date, we have supported over 330,000 properties in more than 7,000 cities worldwide.
Founded in 2013, Beyond Pricing is headquartered in San Francisco, California. To learn more, visit beyondpricing.com.
WeTravel is an online payment platform that offers organizers with pre-departure tools to collect funds and organize logistics. Travel companies create elegant booking pages in minutes to collect deposits, set automatic payment plans, and manage financials securely from all over the world.
Its platform has been used for a wide variety of trips, such as yoga retreats, student trips, bachelorette trips, dance trips, company retreats or sports team travel. Its website allows organizers to create a beautiful website for their trip in minutes.
Organizers can collect deposits directly on the Wetravel platform and then easily transfer the funds to their account or directly to a travel agent or airline (even internationally, at much better exchange rates than banks.. .
Aero is an air travel company that matches air travelers with premium seats or shared charters. Aero provides ticket resale for flights as an agent of registered air carriers.
The company is based in San Francisco, California.. .
FLYR Labs brings together the best technologists to radically transform air travel through cutting edge technologies that are years ahead of what has been commercially available. We solve complex problems with beautifully engineered solutions that rely on Deep Learning (AI) and our end-to-end Managed Data Infrastructure to help leading airlines around the world unlock their full potential.
With our Cirrus Business Intelligence™ Platform, we provide airlines with the insight and intelligence for making the best-informed decisions, automated or by leading you and your teams in the right direction. It has never been easier to answer sophisticated questions, enable AI-based revenue maximization, and simulate highly-complex scenarios..
ZOZI designs and develops a web-based bookings, payments, and customer management software for tour, activity, and event businesses. It offers introductory flight lessons, vineyard tours and wine tasting by horseback, diving for abalone, ice climbing frozen waterfalls, celebrity and athlete experiences, and various accessible adventures.
The company also provides weekend getaways and vacation packages for customers. ZOZI was founded in 2007 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Couchsurfing is a travel community connecting a network of travelers, adventure seekers, and lifelong learners to share their experiences.
Tripping.com is the world’s largest metasearch platform for home rentals (think: Kayak for Vacation Rentals). With over 10 million local properties in 150,000+ destinations, Tripping.com gives travelers access to the widest selection of vacation homes and short-term rental homes worldwide.
The company launched from TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC and has since raised a $1 million Seed round, an undisclosed Series A rumored by Business Insider to be within $5M-$10M, a $16M Series B, and a $35M Series C in December 2016. The company has investors in Silicon Valley, New York, Europe and Asia.
To learn more, please visit https://www.tripping.com.. .
Find monthly flexible-term housing all over the world with Anyplace. From co-living spaces to furnished apartments to extended-stay hotels. Anyplace was built for digital nomads and remote work travelers. Anyplace has properties in 46 countries and 294+ cities, and add new locations every week.
EatWith is a community that invites people to dine in homes, connect with hosts, share stories and enjoy homemade cuisine.
Launched in San Francisco in 2013, GetMyBoat is changing the way the world goes boating, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. As the world’s largest boat rental and charter marketplace with over 130,000 boats in 184 countries across the globe, there is an experience for every type of traveler and every kind of budget.
GetMyBoat empowers owners by enabling them to earn income and offset the cost of boat ownership. From Miami to Malta, our users can search, find and book their next on-the-water adventure..
FlightCar inspires and enables local owners and visitors to come together to list and rent each other’s unique cars at airports nationwide.
We love vacation rentals, but not how time consuming and complex it can be to find the right one. So we reimagined a better way.
We eliminated the need to search across several different sites and scroll through pages of irrelevant results just to find the perfect home away from home. We bring all the rental options from the leading travel sites together in one place and showcase only the best results.
VacationRenter was born inside Wilbur Labs, a San Francisco-based startup studio. Founded by ex-Googlers, VacationRenter uses automation and AI to help travelers find the perfect vacation rental..
Liftopia operates the largest online and mobile marketplace as well as the largest technology platform serving the ski and mountain activity industry. With deals up to 85% off at approximately 250 alpine resorts across North America, Liftopia allows skiers and boarders to buy date-specific lift tickets and on-mountain activities in advance via Liftopia.com and the Liftopia mobile app.
Liftopia also provides resorts with software and data analytics through Cloud Store by Liftopia, a SaaS e-commerce engine, which allows resorts to leverage Liftopia’s platform tools to manage inventory, pricing, and online distribution through their own branded websites and mobile channels. Liftopia’s technology has helped evolve the ski industry to adopt more control over advance-purchase pricing, much like airlines and hotels have done for decades, to most efficiently price through periods of highly variable demand.
Liftopia was co-founded in 2005 by two former Hotwire.com employees Evan Reece and Ron Schneidermann. It is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading institutional and angel investors..
Little Passports is a San Francisco-based company that inspires children to learn about other countries and cultures. The company has four innovative subscriptions that introduce children to the world around them via monthly postal packages and online games.
Little Passports was founded by two moms in 2009, wanting to design an inspiring and fun way for kids to learn about other countries and the 50 states.. .
Switchfly is a travel-commerce and loyalty SaaS platform that enables enterprises to rapidly deploy state-of-the-art online travel services.
MyVR provides short-term rental businesses the ability to simplify and centralize the management of their marketing channels – Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and more – from a single dashboard, while also providing these businesses with their own online presence to grow their direct sales channel. MyVR’s easy-to-use software also allows short-term rentals to streamline and automate day to day tasks, saving time and money, reducing errors, and improving the experience of travelers.
MyVR’s open platform also connects the MyVR core software seamlessly to other best of breed applications and services.. .
Cost: Reasonable Upfront Flat Rate without Surprises or Surge Pricing. Certainty: Pre-booked and confirmed rides.
No more uncertainty for 6am flights. Hassle-free: No more last minute bookings.
Walk out of the door at the time you choose. Trusted Driver: Book your favorite driver who understands your needs and travel preferences..
Cabin (www.ridecabin.com) is the first hospitality transportation company on a mission to make the most of every waking and sleeping moment. Cabin addresses America’s “500 mile problem,” in which regional travel up to 500 miles from home requires sacrificing an entire day, forcing people to take fewer trips without even knowing it.
By consolidating both transportation and accommodation into one simple and delightful experience, Cabin’s one-of-a-kind moving hotel experience enables people to travel without travel time. The company is backed by some of the top investors in Silicon Valley including Founders Fund’s FF Angel, SV Angel, Floodgate, Box Group, Brainchild Holdings, Justin Rosenstein, StartX, FJ Labs, and 1517 Fund..
Misterb&b is an operator of a property rental marketplace used to connect travelers and hosts in the LGBTQ community. Its marketplace offers a searchable database of short-term rentals of homes, rooms, and apartments for its users as per their preferred locations that enable LGBTQ individuals and allies to monetize from their spare space while providing affordable houses in a hassle-free manner.
Misterb&b was established in 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Wheelhouse is a business intelligence platform that helps turn the hosts & owners into superheroes. We’re proud that thousands of hosts & owners have used our flagship product, data-driven pricing, to earn significantly more revenue from their business.
We’re a team of YC alums, data science PhD’s, hedge fund engineers, product evangelists, and hustlers. Our teams core values are “empowered together” and “seriously fun”.
We think that captures the mood & values of a team that works exceptionally well together, pushes the envelope, and is not against cracking a beer together around 5pm on Friday. See more team members here: – https://angel.co/usewheelhouse – https://www.usewheelhouse.com/about-us.
LoungeBuddy is the Opentable for airport lounges, enabling lounge operators to sell their significant excess capacity to travelers looking for a better travel experience for an affordable, one-time fee. While airport lounges globally have capacity to accommodate 350 million entries they currently receive
This difference means an excess capacity value of $3.5 billion+ annually. Lounge experiences will soon be considered regular parts of every air travel experience alongside flight + hotel bookings.
As the only technology-focused company in the airport lounge industry worldwide, LoungeBuddy has created a patent-pending, real-time inventory management platform to bring in the optimal number of passengers at any given time. With our system in lounges around the world, our platform can power transactions for numerous companies including OTAs, TMCs, Apps, and airlines to allow lounges to generate additional revenue while providing highly relevant offers to their customers..
Stayflexi Inc. is the world’s first flexible hospitality company based out of Silicon Valley, California.
Our unique model, Flexible Slot based bookings provides WIN WIN for hotel bookers and hoteliers. We provide both B2C and B2B solutions in hospitality space.
On our B2C space, we offer flexible bookings portal and biddings on last minute hotel rooms for great discounts. On our B2B space, we provide a disruptive All-In-One SaaS platform for Hotels and BnBs.
A fully managed cloud with add-ons to capture the demand around Flexible Stays and drive direct customer conversions by offering not just a room but also cross sell value added services directly through the platform. More about our business segment offerings: business.stayflexi.com Stayflexi is now officially advised by US federal and California State initiative Tech Futures Group.
https://www.techfuturesgroup.org/client-profiles/2020/1/6/stayflexi Stayflexi partners with NotOnMap on joint initiative called NotOnMart. A portal that connects Rural India to end consumers on Responsible Travel and e-Commerce objectives..
WhereTo is a venture backed startup that inspires and empowers today’s corporate travelers with an AI-based travel experience. We are a team of engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs re-imagining corporate travel from our HQ in San Francisco.
Our commitment to innovation has attracted partnerships with Fortune 100 companies and won us accolades in TechCrunch, Life Hacker, and more. WhereTo leverages proprietary artificial intelligence to balance dozens of factors, including company policy, in order to recommend the optimal hotel, flight, or car for a given trip.
Ultimately WhereTo is enabling enterprises to save an average of 30% on their travel expenditures, while reimagining the corporate travel experience.. .
Glamping is a developer of an online booking platform designed to offer camping and alternative accommodations for travelers.
Mozio is an airport ground transportation search engine. We help you travel that final mile from the airport to your final destination.
Mozio originated out of founder David Litwak’s travels, where he was constantly frustrated by flying into new destinations and realizing he had no clue how to actually get into the city. Mozio aggregates all the local taxis, limos, public transit, shared-ride shuttles, airporters, rideshare etc.
to help you navigate all the local options and make sure you get the best deal. We have raised a small seed round from Amidzad Partners, and a few angels, one of whom is the Chairman of the Board @ Orbitz.
We are super excited to make this dream a reality!. .
GTRIIP is a digital identity platform for global citizens. Its products use machine learning to verify photo IDs automatically, and biometric sensors on smartphones to identify owners for contactless check-in and access at commercial properties.
GTRIIP serves 25,000 rooms and access points of customer hotels and offices, and is backed by Global Brain, KDDI Open Innovation Fund, Keppel Corporation, M1 Limited, and Accord Ventures.. .
Rizort is a luxury vacation marketplace that brings immersive vacation planning and booking services for travelers. It provides luxury-seeking guests with a platform that allows them to dream, personalize, and experience a destination like never before.
Travelers are free to curate their own vacation or choose from our carefully tailored vacations. Founded in 2017, Rizort is headquartered in San Francisco, California..
WorldMate is a global leader in the field of itinerary management and mobile travel services. The WorldMate product and platform are the most sophisticated, comprehensive and widespread mobile travel itinerary management services worldwide.
WorldMate has over 10 millions of mobile users and manages millions of itineraries in over 20 languages worldwide. The WorldMate app provides users with a convenient and centralized location for managing all aspects of their travel plans.
WorldMate’s patent-pending technology, branded TripCatch, automatically identifies (catches) incoming travel-related emails and updates the traveler’s itinerary and mobile calendar. The WorldMate app is widely-accessible and can be downloaded on any iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows device.
It has received numerous industry awards, including 2012 EyeforTravel’s Winner of The Best Mobile Travel App ,Android Market Editor’s Choice award, 2011 Meffys Best Blockbuster App Winner, the 2010 NBTA/WSJ Business Travel Innovation Award, Engadget Best Apps (for both iPhone and Android), 2009 AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner, ANDREWSEYBOLD Most Innovative Consumer Application, among others. WorldMate works with a wide range of partners, including device manufacturers and travel providers, and markets directly to consumers through a variety of channels and means of distribution.
As a testament to our successful business model, WorldMate boasts customers such as travel industry giants American Express Business Travel, as well as Research in Motion (the manufacturer of BlackBerry devices). WorldMate is a privately-held enterprise by the world’s largest travel management company, Carson Wagonlit Travel.
CWT is a global leader in the managed travel market, and services the travel needs of thousands of client companies. WorldMate, Inc.
Akia is a Hotel Messaging Platform to interpret and service hotel guest needs using chat and artificial intelligence.
30SecondsToFly – Claire
We provide A.I. driven workflow automation for travel management companies to lower their cost and provide a “super” user experience to their travelers.
In Autopilot mode Claire completes the travel agent’s most repetitive tasks and in Copilot mode she shares learnt traveler patterns with the agent. As a result, Claire saves travel agents on avg.
50% of their time. Our in-house NLP has a response time of less than a second and an accuracy of 96%.
Our in-house recommender systems are at 85% first tier accuracy. While travelers enjoy an unprecedented level of self-service experience, travel agents are free to focus on their revenue generating, high touch customer interactions.
A win-win-win for traveler, agent and TMC. 30SecondsToFly was awarded the General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation $100k, recognised as the most innovate and disruptive emerging company in travel in 2019.
Watch our winning pitch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=156&v=DYEzUF0kx78&feature=emb_logo. .
Vayable is an online marketplace where people can discover, buy and sell unique travel experiences, including tours, activities and extended trips. Vayable’s mission is to become the global platform for real-life experiences that enables locals to use their time and knowledge to earn a living by generating new sources of income.
This is a place to explore unique, cultural experiences from design, photography, and street art experiences, to ethnic food tours, private dinners, backroad wine tastings, and underground history.. .
Planning travel requires cobbling together Google Docs, maps, blogs, friend recommendations, inspiration apps, and booking sites. Travelchime combines travel planning tools into a Google Doc-style interface that automatically suggests contextual information and places popular amongst travel writing that it’s indexed.
Users can then book from Travelchime, which hopes it can build a more helpful version of TripAdvisor.. .
ZeroDown is a real estate startup that focuses on providing an affordable homeownership solution. It is an alternative to the rent-or-own dilemma, offering the benefits of homeownership with the flexibility of renting.
It was founded in 2018 by Abhijeet Dwivedi (Previously COO and CSO at Zenefits, McKinsey), Hari Viswanathan (Previously Staff Engineer at Zenefits) and Laks Srini (Previously Co-founder and CTO at Zenefits, SigFig and D. E.
Shaw & Co). The three founders worked together at Zenefits — which processes $2B+ a year in payroll for SMBs, provides access to healthcare and insurance for 100,000+ employees and serves more than 10,000 SMBs..
Stitch lets older adults find companions in a way that fits these needs. Interest & activity matching.
Secure communication. Identity verification.
And all the different types of companionship that older adults want.. .
PlanChat creates amazing group experiences. PlanChat is the simple way to make plans with friends and get them to commit.
Transform your dreams and ideas into incredible group experiences you will memorialize forever. Plan summer vacations, rally a group of colleagues to attend a conference, coordinate a party or arrange a night out with friends.
Pull together the information you need to get your group committed and stay connected, all in one app! • Find Ideas – Discover top hotels, restaurants, activities, sightseeing and more for thousands of destinations • Pin Ideas – Add ideas from any website using your iPhone or computer’s web browser • Group Commitment – Invite friends, discuss options and commit to the best ideas • Get Paid Back – split the cost for hotels, restaurants and more, powered by Venmo • Chat / Stay Connected – privately chat and share video and photo memories with plan members before, during and after your trip • Track notes, receipts, etc • Works with Any Device. .
Cinematic VR on planes, as passenger inflight entertainment. Enable passengers to tune out of their environment and escape their flight by enjoying premium cinematic entertainment using VR headsets.
Skylights integrates content licensing deals, develops software and headsets, and integrates ground operations. All four are sold to airlines as a subscription service.
The company is incorporated in the US, with headquarters in San Francisco, California.. .
Traveling Spoon enables travelers to experience local cuisines at people’s homes around the world.
Sometimes the suitable location and the destination of traveling to Europe is an exhausting issue of choice. Specifically, when you are provided with oodles of variants on call.
Should you take the plane to Rome only, or would you like to have the possibility to visit France, Portugal, and Spain for the same price in a maximum comfortable way and with the least amount of energy consumption? 92% of travelers from India, Japan, US still use agencies to go to Europe. They do not know how to automate this and increase variation of their travels.
Our own unique multi-city algorithm comparing top travel opportunities to show the trip which catering to different preferences within a travel group. We offer an all-in-one trip plan search, from commercial flights, trains, buses and ferries to hotels and vacation rentals through Airbnb and Booking.com..
HotelTonight is a hotel booking application that is made for mobile from the ground up. HotelTonight offers some of the best pricing for last-minute hotel deals booked up to 7 days in advance.
Perfect for business travelers, leisure travelers, and locals alike. HotelTonight was founded in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco, California..
Farel provides plug & play software to help regional airlines distribute their inventory and optimize their operations.
Carry plans, books, and supports corporate travel for all your employees over Slack, email, and SMS.
Limos.com is an online and mobile marketplace that connects passengers to affordable and trusted limo and private car services worldwide. From stress-free wedding day transportation to affordable town cars for your next business trip, Limos.com has over 41,000 available vehicles in 370 destinations across 62 countries.
Compare vehicles, prices, rider ratings and customer reviews to find the perfect ride in your area – or destination of your travel. And the best part is, your quoted price is all-inclusive, including tax and tip – so no surprises.
Limos.com is revolutionizing the limo and private car industry by offering easy access to affordable and dependable rides anytime, anywhere. Join the Ride Revolution today!.
Thatch is the most beautiful way to collect, curate and share the places and experiences that inspire you.
Explorest helps people discover and photograph the world’s greatest places via highly curated insights from today’s top travel influencers.
Way2B1 is an online platform that addresses the common challenges faced by families and family offices by providing an integrated access point to people, services, and information. It supports the operations and professional service teams that support families across the planet.
Way2B1 was founded to address a wide array of intrinsic problems within the family office by generating efficiencies, eliminating isolation, and enhancing communication within the family office as a whole, and between the family office and the family itself. It was launched in 2015 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Avian is a marketplace connecting airlines and travel resellers to establish more dynamic and flexible sales incentives and comissions
While They love all travel, journeying ‘off-the-beaten-path’ — to places out-of-the-way or overlooked by the masses — invariably leaves the most powerful impression on us by facilitating a deeper, more personal, and more experiential form of travel which They believe profoundly reshapes Their relationship with the people and places They encounter along the way. Through Their own travels, we’ve learned how daunting, time-consuming, and frustrating finding, researching, and booking an ‘off-the-beaten-path’ place to stay can be, and felt compelled to act.
For likeminded travelers, They constantly and thoughtfully explore the world for inspiring and original places to stay — both near and far — and have designed a marketplace to vet, showcase, and activate dwellings that most appeal to the wanderlust in us all.. .
Curated is a provider of collaborative online shopping service intended to assist shoppers with high-consideration purchases.
Stayful transforms your hotel travel experience by streamlining everything from booking to check out. With just three taps on your smartphone, you’ll get the best online rates on the best hotels for you.
Then use our app for fingertip access to hotel services during your stay: check in, receive upgrades, order room service, request concierge assistance, schedule housekeeping, and even send your bill directly to your expense report service after your stay.. .
VaycayHero is a safest and easiest way to rent vacation homes. VaycayHero, previously known as Zaranga, was launched in order to take the hassle out of booking vacations rentals without having to worry about the kinds of things Amitav and Anirban experienced while trying to simply go on a great vacation.
Their rentals are 100% accurate and verified by professionals with automatically updated calendars and pricing. You will only find top-notch professionally managed vacation rentals on VaycayHero.
Search and book online hassle-free, or chat with our booking concierge if you need some help.. .
Safe Cash makes cash more secure, convenient, and profitable for banks, merchants, and consumers. Safe Cash provides the Safe Cash Platform, which is a cryptographically-secure digital platform for exchanging digital tokens.
It was founded in 2014 and headquartered in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
A venture capital firm that invests in early-stage consumer technology startups created by underrepresented founders across the U.S.
OLSET is a San Francisco based big data technology company focused on helping large travel brands (OTAs, TMCs and GDSs) provide a superior experience through personalization. We work with some of the world’s largest travel brands and our implementations have resulted in 20%+ conversion improvements.
You can read more about OLSET at www.olset.com OLSET is also the company behind Cinch, an app specifically focused on enabling repeat business travelers complete highly personalized travel bookings with 1 click. You can learn more about Cinch at www.cinchtravel.com.
We get locals out to something fun in their city. We provide two main services: (1) an invite-only membership that gets members complimentary tickets to events; and (2) an event guide to your city’s coolest underground events and experiences.
UpOut is backed by Tandem Cap, Sand Hill Angels and other SV-based angels.. .
HeyLets provides a social network built around experiences. Its platform shows recommendations that are popular with the users, making the process of discovery more social, and the results more relevant.
Unlike other companies, there are no 3-star reviews from people with nothing in common on HeyLets, users post pictures and short descriptions of experiences that inspire them and that they want to share with the world.. .
Foodily offers a new way to search for recipes so you can easily browse through the broadest selection of recipes online “from big name chefs to up and coming bloggers” and zero in on the ones that are right for you. Foodily makes it their business to understand things like cook time, calories, and ingredients (even those that can fight cancer!) so that refining a search on any criteria is, well, easy as pie.
For the first time ever, recipes can be compared side-by-side and viewed in a personally ranked order according to what’s important to you, what the community likes and what your friends have recommended. Great recipes beg to be organized into collections and labeled the same way you do other media: with notes and tags that you can share and talk about.
Foodily has built the tools to do just that. You can create collections of recipes expressing your unique tastes, moods or memories, and share those favorites with others – it’s a bit like your own playlists, just for food.
With Foodily, you can also learn what your friends like and benefit from their recipe decisions. By connecting with Twitter and Facebook, you can see what recipes your friends like, what recipes they share and see those results first whenever you do your own searching.
Sharing recipes made simple.. .
Jetpac is a photo app that enables users to collect photos shared by Facebook friends of places they want to visit.
Our team has been working on virtual interlining technology since 2015 and has created two products. *AirWander generates unique flight combinations using machine learning and offers stopovers (bonus destinations) for any itinerary.
With AirWander the travellers are not only able to add desirable cities to their trips to satisfy their wanderlust but also to reduce the total flight cost. Apart from stopovers, AirWander links flights in such a way that the airfares can be lowered up to 80%.
*GIS is a B2B product based on the interlining technology we built for AirWander. It has been designed to create virtually interlined flights from the OTAs’ unique inventories.
The itineraries created by GIS allow for exceptionally competitive prices on the open market, creating an opportunity for an additional margin. To learn more about the value of virtual interlining for your business, feel free to visit our website https://interlining.io/..
ROOM Technology Ventures
SaaS subscription based integrated technology and flexible inventory upgrading for the independent hotel segment.
GetGoing is a venture-backed San Francisco startup changing the way people travel by making it more fun and affordable. Our goal is to help leisure travelers discover new getaways, save big (up to 40%) and travel more.
We are working with major airlines and hotels to revolutionize the travel industry while delivering the best experience and prices to our users. Currently, we fly to over 2000 destinations worldwide.
Our proprietary pricing method helps airlines fill unsold seats (up to 20% of available seats) by selling to discretionary, price-sensitive leisure travelers. To purchase a ticket on our website, customers need to select two destinations and commit to a non-refundable purchase.
During the flight selection process, customers can choose arrival and departure times, flight duration, and the number of stops. GetGoing selects one of the destinations, revealing it to the customer after processing the booking and payment.
Since our model requires destination flexibility, we ensure that our sales exclude business travelers, those visiting friends and family, and non-flexible leisure customers. We have eight U.S.
and international patents and keep expanding our intellectual property portfolio with innovative pricing, search and customer segmentation methods.. .
OneRooftop brings together all the tools you need to run a successful vacation rental business. This includes a property management solution, channel manager and booking engine.
We’re the innovative company that simplifies your life. And with our mobile-first vacation rental software, you can take reservations on the go and provide exceptional guest service.
With direct connections to Airbnb and HomeAway, OneRooftop is where you can manage all your reservations in one place.. .
Parqyt is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and unlock the value of privately owned rentals. Owners and property managers can maximize their underutilized properties, such as homes, cars, parking, and co-working spaces with our mobile and web-app.
Parqyt connects locals and travelers seeking access to unique offerings on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Whether the available asset is an office, a parking space, an apartment, or a home, Parqyt is the easiest way for people to bundle these assets to a broad audience.
By facilitating bookings and financial transactions, Parqyt makes the process of listing or booking effortless and efficient. Parqyt offers the widest variety of bundled assets for everyone, at any price point in the United States.
Parqyt was founded in January 2018, Michael Ramos and Guanjiu Zhang, and is currently headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
ComfortWay has solved the high cost of mobile roaming by developing a global SIM card that lets international travelers get affordable data and voice roaming in 120+ countries at local rates ($10 – $20 per GB). This solution is based on innovative Virtual SIM technology coupled with a Cloud Billing platform.
Our Cloud Platform acts as a Marketplace opened for all mobile operators around the world. They can offer their local prepaid plans for millions of travelers without expenses on marketing and logistics.
It provides fair competitive prices and high quality of mobile services. First version with European coverage is already being sold in Europe and Russia (2500+ customers, monthly revenue on sales and traffic $50+K) Now we’re developing the second generation with worldwide coverage.
It could be developed in 3-4 months and requires about $0.2M.. .
Check-ins, star ratings and reviews from strangers weren’t working for us. When in a new city, or just wanting to try a new restaurant, we found ourselves searching through old texts and blog posts.
And we thought: Word of mouth is still king, but it could use some tech support. Instead of trying to replace the intimacy of word of mouth with technology, how can we use technology to bolster it? Murmur is word of mouth with a jet pack — a refreshingly human platform to find great restaurants and bars.
It’s what we love about word of mouth — people we trust giving us tips — without searching through posts or hassling friends.. .
Gymsurfing is a fitness app that lets travelers instantly book day passes to gyms nearby and work out and contract-free. Find a gym nearby, pay, and go.
Instead of $15-day passes, buy passes to its partner gyms for as little as $5 per workout. The two-tap expectation led by Uber and Hotel Tonight finally brought to the fitness club industry.
The company generally targets travelers visiting a city and want easy access to a gym without having to sign up or buy a membership. It also enables customers to try out a gym or a few gyms for a low fee before deciding whether or not they want to join.
On the gym side, they have a brilliantly simple interface that lets gyms track passes sold, add and edit clubs, seamlessly manage photos, withdraw payments, request checks, and more.. .
At Seamless Planet our mission is to provide a simple and effective solution for individuals who want access to experiences anywhere in the world. We’ve accumulated a vast inventory of activities, things to do and unique experiences to offer to travelers.
When searching for the perfect experience for the traveler, we use a mix of artificial intelligence and the human touch to personalize the best activity that fits the travelers needs and wants.. .
TripIt is an intelligent travel organizer that helps travelers manage their plans so that their trips go more smoothly. Travelers simply forward their purchase confirmation emails to TripIt and TripIt automatically creates master itineraries with travel plans and other critical information.
With TripIt, it’s easy for travelers to print or access their trip plans from anywhere–and to share itineraries and travel calendars with friends in their TripIt network.. .
Bestmap is an aggregator of all transportation incl e-scooters, bikes, metro, busses, trains, rental cars, mopeds, flights, and more in one app. Bestmap envisions a time when, for the first time, urbanists and travelers will be able to use one app to find all mobility companies on the map that operate in the city, book tickets for the bus, train, airplane, self-driving cars, and have cool features, all on the same itinerary.
We use a win-win strategy when mobility partners-clients and the department of transportation in different cities share data, and users can use data from that company via the Bestmap app. Bestmap also provides an analytics platform for mobility providers and transportation authorities.
Businesses and Transportation authorities want to know when, where, and why people use their transport (bikes, busses, airplanes…), they want to know where people fly or drive, transportation authorities want to improve the local transportation system. All of them spend billions of dollars on improving the transportation system, getting more users, and growing the company.
Instead of asking local people, buy tickets at the station, use different maps to find routes, find bus routes, electric chargers, gas station prices or find parking in the city, users can contribute and edit it in the app. We are looking forward to collaborating with companies, transportation authorities and allow people to know how to get from point A to B faster, cheaper, safer anywhere in the world!.
Bucket keeps all your trip ideas in one place so you can easily decide and go. Co-founded by two ex-Facebookers, Bucket (likebucket.com), created by Enchanted Labs, helps you collect all your trip ideas in one place from any text source (online or friends), decide, and go.
You can: * Collect trip ideas from anywhere, online (Frommer’s, Lonely Planet etc.) or from friends (Facebook or Email) * Transform your ideas into a visual, interactive, trip guide with rating, reviews, and recommendations * Go on your personalized adventure. Delightful for travelers since in minutes, we aggregate all useful information including photos, ratings and reviews, and dynamically auto-map all your ideas for you.
We make it easy for you to make a decision and navigate directly there making travel seamless.. .
OpenRide is a long-distance ridesharing company that connects drivers with available seats and passengers seeking to travel. Drivers earn money for their pre-planned trips while providing passengers with a viable, cost-effective, and fun way to reach their destination.
It’s been a great way for both passengers and drivers to travel! Review of a recent driver Man, [OpenRider] was everything I could expect and more! He rocked industrial music that I love, drive great and got me there early for a very reasonable price. Cheers! Review of a recent passenger [OpenRider] as a pleasure to have as a passenger in my car.
She was polite, respectful, and provided me with lovely conversation. I’d definitely recommend her for any future drivers needing some amazing company during their drive 🙂 OpenRide has been growing in beta and already delivered thousands of miles of great travel experience!.
ASAP Tickets provides you with discount airfares, airline seat inventory, group travels, multi-city flights, one-way and round-trip tickets.
Fareness provides an online platform used to find and book flights. The platform brings information about the lowest airfares and enables users to find the best travel destination and book flights through its online platform.
The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Wing It is a Facebook Messenger bot that tries to get you out of the house on a weekend trip. It recommends AirBNBs, local hikes, and other activities based on your preferences — things like distance from home, cost per person, etc.
They’re currently seeing 70% weekly engagement from their existing users.. .
Viator Inc. is the leading global resource to discover and book travel activities, providing online and mobile access to thousands of curated trip activities including tours, attractions, shore excursions and private guides, in more than 1,500 destinations worldwide.
In-house travel experts work with trusted local operators to ensure the quality and value of every experience, all backed by Viator’s 24/7 customer service and global low-price guarantee. With more than 600,000 verified reviews plus exclusive videos and insider travel tips, Viator has everything a traveler needs to find and book the best things to do worldwide.
In addition to the flagship site – Viator.com – travelers can book in advance or in-destination via the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android, as well as local-language sites for European, Latin American and Asian travelers. Viator also provides tours and activities to more than 3,000 affiliate partners including some of the world’s top airlines, hotels and online travel agencies.
Viator, a TripAdvisor company, is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.. .
Wonders is a mobile journal app for premium quality visual stories about travel and outdoors. They source these stories from hand-picked community of photographers, publishers and brands.
With Wonders 2.0 (November 2015) users can also purchase featured photographs as premium-quality prints or digital wallpapers, allowing featured photographers to earn income traveling full-time. Download Wonders now at: http://apple.co/1L3tZA3 Visit our site at: www.wndrs.com.
TripVerse allows users to browse authentic itineraries from around the world and plan their next travel adventure.
hopOn is a web-based platform that enables its clients to discover, plan, and book travel trips online. Its clients have the ability to book flights from over 400 airlines and select from more than 170,000 hotels worldwide.
hopOn also allows its clients to share their travel expenses with others through its platform. Based in San Francisco, California, it was launched in 2013 by Doug Morgan and Jade Van Doren..
NOSON is the parent company of the popular parking deal website, onairparking.com. On Air Parking provides simple to use technology for travelers to find 5 star parking facilities for the cheapest rates in the market.
With Uber and Lyft threatening the Parking Industry, NOSON is fighting back by making parking a better, cheaper option. Examples: $14.99/ day NYC parking, $4.25/ day.
DealAngel is the first hotel search engine to find hotels priced below their market value. We leverage big data to cut through the ‘Best Offer’ noise and rank by value-for-money.
Not just based on how one particular hotel is priced. But based on what ALL hotels in the market are doing..
Hotwire.com is a discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars.
J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction Study(SM) recognized Hotwire for ranking “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Independent Travel Web Sites, Three Years in a Row.”.
EasyPoint provides travel services intended to assist global business travelers with a stress-free travel experience.
BaggLess is a mobile app that list, discover, and book tourist equipment. It connects people to unique travel experiences at any price point.
With a growing community of users, BaggLess also provides an easy way for people to monetize their equipment which lies idle. This was launched in 2018 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California..
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