MEDIANEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
NDC AN ADVENTURE FOR ALL SORTS
This flight and hotel metasearch brand launched in 2013, right before the Brazilian economic crisis. Since August 2017 it has been profitable, and its revenues have tripled to an undisclosed amount, the company says. In the past year the company referred 4 million customer leads to airlines and online travel agencies via its meta-search model. Read More ⇒
VOOPTER, SKIFT TOP TRAVEL STARTUP 2019 TO WATCH
“We’re talking about new innovation, things people haven’t even thought of,” agrees Abrar Ahmad, partner at Travel Capitalist Ventures. He says that 22 travel start-ups have so far applied for funding and that decisions about funding allocation will be made within the next six months.
He qualifies this, however, by saying that: “If we have something that comes in tomorrow that makes a lot of sense then we can invest straightaway.”
“Presently there’s just a big gap. Travel companies need money, advice, and the kinds of introductions we can make,” says Ahmad.
LOOKING BACK AND AHEAD
Observations on opportunities within travel.
Cancellation of flights on account of strike gives boost to Ubers’ aviation. Read More ⇒
Voopter brings in Series B investment from Travel Capitalist and Global Founders (from the founders of Rocket Internet). Read More ⇒
THE TIMES OF INDIA
Now, flying in a chartered flight or taking your wife on a business jet to show the Karvachauth moon won’t cost you the Earth… Read More ⇒
CNBC YOUNG TURKS
[Video] A detailed CNBC profile on Guiddoo and the founder’s story behind it’s creation. Read More ⇒
Indian private jet charter start-up JetSmart recently launched an online booking platform. Read More ⇒
To have a successful site, you need content for it. Scott Duffy talks about his new site, Content.Market, which provides inexpensive royalty free content to spruce up your business website.. Read More ⇒
STARTUP NATION: TRAVEL UPSTARTS FIND THEIR FOOTING.
Equally uncertain is where travel startups are headed. Abrar Ahmad, founder and managing partner of Travel Capitalist Ventures, expects to see more innovators come out of India because there’s less competition and a greater need to service a large domestic travel market, including support for multiple local languages in addition to a mobile-first focus. Read More ⇒
TCV INVESTS WITH GLOBAL FOUNDERS
Investment expands leadership position in meta-search, 4M unique visitors and customer focus. Read More ⇒
[Video – Hindi] Coverage of the JetSmart launch of its first flight with chartered service from Ludhiana to Delhi.. Read More ⇒
India’s Fast-Growing Aviation Market Spurs Boom In Private Charter Jet Startups.. Read More ⇒
THE ECONOMIC TIMES
Now, Mumbai-based travel and activity planning app Guiddoo on Wednesday launched the first map-based tour and activity e-marketplace which will allow users to take virtual tours.. Read More ⇒
Indian private jet charter start-up JetSmart recently launched an online booking platform. The company is looking to boost the use of empty-leg flights…read more>>
Guiddoo, launched in November, works offline once downloaded. It provides an audio visual guide to global monuments and attractions.. Read More ⇒
Guiddoo, a travel technology startup, was born. This app builds in-destination experiences and offers travelers information and details on activities.. Read More ⇒
InCruises is a phenomenal cruise membership where a $100 a month gets you $200 Cruise Dollars a month. Cruise on all the major cruise lines for half off.. Read More ⇒
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01. MACRO TRAVEL FOCUS
Our mission is to change the travel landscape, and we wholeheartedly embrace the travel industry from inception as our sole industry to focus on and invest in.
Our focus ranges from startups in emerging markets to established companies, each with unique capital needs and opportunities to leverage.
02. TRAVEL VERTICALS
We actively monitor, strategize and discuss macro and micro level changes affecting the travel industry, conduct internal analyses, examine 3rd party reports, and regularly speak with thought leaders from companies around the world.
Coupled with the expertise a prospective investment brings to their particular vertical ensures no need to explain what a PNR, DMC, GDS, flight segment, scan charges, native apps or the like are to us. We can dive into a substantive discussion from the start.
03. INVESTMENTS IN SELECT VERTICALS
The firm has identified 35 verticals within travel to focus our investment considerations around. We’ve invested in some verticals (meta-search, content, jet charter, etc.) while monitoring others based on the geography, target audience, overall market and travel product in question.
We benefit from referrals from stakeholders within the travel and investment communities and look to make 3 to 5 investments a year.
Given our 24/7 focus on key travel verticals, we are able to quickly screen the signals from the noise and understand opportunities missed by traditional investors. We screen for traditional investment criteria (market, team, product, revenue model, growth, company history) and travel-specific criteria based on your business and revenue model, geography, and growth strategy. Lastly, we see how your management team fits our company culture and complements our portfolio companies.
05. SPECIFIC DUE DILIGENCE
With a signed term sheet, we conduct due diligence commensurate with the stage and investment considered.
Firm Partners lead all due diligence efforts following the firm’s DD checklist and hold frank and strictly confidential on-site discussions with your team on strengths, weaknesses, threats, opportunities and assumptions regarding (a) the current state of the company, product and market, and (b) what the post-investment product and company roadmap will be.
Timelines range from 2-4 weeks to 6-8 weeks for PE deals. We are thorough, and experience shows our approach leads to a successful outcome for ourselves and for the company.
A handful of times in the past 6 years, we have halted due diligence where a discrepancy has been found that could not be resolved — it is our fiduciary duty to withdraw our term sheet in these rare cases and always after management notification and discussions.
Successfully completing due diligence leads to the signing and execution of an investment agreement (or purchase agreement) complete with Closing and Funding.
06. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
A successful investment means we are here to actively help you however we can at any time.
Do you think about travel 24/7 and where it’s going? We do, on your behalf.
Do you monitor trends and companies in markets around the world? We do, on your behalf.
Beyond our responsibility, we enjoy supplementing your team for our mutual success.
Beyond capital, our investments actively and regularly leverage our strategic advice on what to do and what to avoid, our purchasing power and vendor relationships, portfolio company offerings, our CXO contacts contacts around the world at airlines/hotels/cruises/car/tour operators/travel technology/industry trade boards/government officials, access to industry leaders and specialists, media coverage and help, and much more.
Help with strategy, media, legal, operations, HR, marketing, and business development ensures a rapid and sustainable post-investment growth curve.
Travel Capitalist Ventures is the first multi-stage travel-focused investment firm. We identify and grow successful travel companies of all sizes and have an established network of co-investors in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Our team of partners brings an operational view of travel — because we have all managed successful travel companies. This experience helps us identify what’s required to succeed in the travel industry. With our investments and our partner’s extensive network of travel contacts, Travel Capitalist Ventures investments grow and succeed.
The majority of the firm’s investments (60%) focus on Travel Growth Equity & Private Equity stage investments including majority equity holdings, buyouts, rollups, spinoffs, recaps, MBOs, and LBOs.
A portion of the firm’s investments (40%) also fall into the Angel or Travel Venture Capital stage. Funds are sourced from evergreen firm Partner funds in select travel startups around the world.