Boston Continues to be a Hub for Travel Tech, Thanks to These 7 Startups
With Thanksgiving happening this week, the holiday travel season has officially begun — which serves as a great opportunity to remind ourselves of all the startups and established companies that are working on travel tech in the Boston area.
In helping Boston establish itself as a travel tech hub, startups have older tech companies like TripAdvisor, Kayak and ITA to thank — with the latter two being acquired by Priceline and Google, respectively.
Paul English, the co-founder of Kayak who’s working on his new startup, Lola Travel, told me these big three companies helped the Boston area breed tech talent that is specifically geared towards travel. He added that they also helped entrepreneurs “think about travel as a vertical to pursue.”
Freebird launched its service last fall that instantly rebooks your flight if it gets canceled, delayed or if you miss your connecting flight. It recently announced a partnership with Corporate Traveler, a brand of Australian travel giant Flight Centre Travel Group that manages business travel programs for small- to medium-sized enterprises. The startup has raised $3.5 million from General Catalyst, Slow Ventures, Accomplice and angel investors.