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About Javier González-Soria

Dr. Javier Gonzalez-Soria y Moreno de la Santa is an international expert in online travel, eCommerce, eMarketing, mCommerce, connectivity and digital transformation.
31 12, 2018
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Pol Perpiñá, un emprendedor de 15 años en el mundo de travel tech

By | December 31st, 2018|

Dentro de su participación en el Travel Innovation Summit organizado por Top Seeds Lab, con el apoyo del Grupo Jumbotours, asistimos a la determinación y entusiasmo emprendedor de Pol Perpiñan, quien con tan solo 15 años no rehuye el reto de ayudar a transformar la indutria turística, con un proyecto centrado en el alquiler colaborativo de vehiculos [...]

31 12, 2018

Busbud Raises $11 Million Series B, Positioning World’s Largest Bus Travel Marketplace for Accelerated Global Growth

By | December 31st, 2018|

Busbud, the online marketplace that enables global travelers to shop for and book intercity bus tickets on over 1.4 million bus routes worldwide, today announced the close of US$11 million in series B funding (approximately CAD$14 million). The round is led by iNovia Capital and includes new investors Teralys, Claridge and Plaza Ventures, as well [...]

31 12, 2018

Joymode raises $14.4m led by Naspers

By | December 31st, 2018|

Joymode, an innovator in the movement from ownership to access, today announced the closing of a $14.4 million Series A investment led by Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division with participation from previous investors. Also announced today, Mike Katz of Naspers Ventures, has joined Joymode’s Board of Directors. Joymode members can access thousands of products [...]

31 12, 2018

London startup CityStasher raises $1.1M for its ‘Airbnb for luggage’

By | December 31st, 2018|

London-based CityStasher is building what it calls an ‘Airbnb for luggage’, a network of brick and mortar businesses across Europe that will store your luggage for a few hours after you have checked out or are waiting to check into your travel accommodation. To help with this mission, CityStasher has raised $1.1 million in seed [...]

31 12, 2018

Blacklane Raises $40 Million

By | December 31st, 2018|

Blacklane, a chauffeured car service, received “the largest investment round” it has ever received. Given that its last round was $20 million, we estimate that this Series D round was at least $40 million. The Berlin-based company said investors included the Al Fahim family business in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Daimler Mobility Services, and [...]

31 12, 2018

Facebook buys AI startup Ozlo to enhance Messenger

By | December 31st, 2018|

Ozlo, which developed the Ozlo app for iOS and Android, specializes in understanding ambiguous phrases in subjective text-based conversations — for example, determining whether a restaurant is "group friendly" or serves good oysters. The acquisition could help Facebook build more compelling AI-powered experiences within Messenger. Ozlo's knowledge graph is one of the firm's key differentiators. [...]

31 12, 2018

TUI Group, Utrip unleash AI-driven travel planning platform

By | December 31st, 2018|

TUI Group has tapped digital travel discovery platform Utrip to help personalize the traveler planning experience through artificial intelligence. The new pilot program between TUI Destination Services, the experiences arm of the German global tourism company, and Utrip is designed to curate user-specific travel packages for TUI’s 20 million customers. Utrip’s technology - which combines [...]

31 12, 2018

Alibaba pumps $486 million into Shiji hotel tech service

By | December 31st, 2018|

The Chinese ecommerce giant has taken the 38% stake in the company via its Alibaba Investment wing, in a move touted as bringing strategic retail and travel technology closer to its core business. Shiji has been on the scene for almost 20 years but has expanded rapidly in the last decade to become a serious [...]

31 12, 2018

TurnKey secures $31M to expand its tech-driven management company

By | December 31st, 2018|

An Austin, Texas-based property management company that differentiates itself by using smart-home technology and local customer service teams has raised $31 million in Series D funding to expand. Current investor Adams Street Partners led the funding of TurnKey Vacation Rentals with participation from existing investor Altos Ventures and two new institutional investors. Since the company launched in [...]

31 12, 2018

Smart tour guide operator Lvji brings in 120 million yuan in B round

By | December 31st, 2018|

Smart tourism startup Lvji has received a RMB 120 million B round of financing, backed by Qianhai FOF and Pufeng Fund. Lvji is a location-based smart tour guide featuring GPS positioning, automatic interpretation, route recommendation and other functions through Apps, WeChat accounts, website and service terminals in attractions. The smart tour guide’s cornerstone function is a hand-drawn cartoon map [...]