024 – Arnie Weissmann of Travel Weekly – Sixty Years of Story and Influence

The most influential B2B news resources for the travel industry…

Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief of Travel Weekly, discusses the 60-year+ publication, embracing technology, and proper PR behavior with hosts Pavan Bahl and John Matson along with guest host Nick Vivion of tnooz, in the MouthMedia Network Studios powered by Sennheiser. (Weissmann’s profile)

Sixty years of experience, AOL and ATT, and print vs. digital

Weissmann discusses how Travel news offers the opportunity to be learning from experienced deep domain experts, the launch of more than 60 years ago to becoming one of the most influential resources in the travel industry, how Travel News has been online since 1997 and continues to be strong, big involvement with events, and how Weissmann likes to be a “player and coach”, in management and into interviews and writing. How the movement of technology allowed Travel Weekly to grow and get a foot in the door with AOL, providing core destination content for AOL for years. ATT had them build a business travel website, Twitter chats result in more than 100 million impressions, why they haven’t been more committed to video, curation differences between print and digital, and the difference in storytelling real estate.

Brand strength, the recent rise of travel agents, and a PR pet peeve

How B to B media is a more sustainable business model, the significance of brand strength, loyalty, the impact of time poverty, how different publications look at specific angles of the industry, a focus on distribution that is mostly travel agents, a recent rise of travel agents, what’s old is new, and how those who embraced tech have survived. Respect for readers, uncovering stories, a disturbing trend, a PR pet peeve, and the horrible the phone call of “did you get my email?”. How the subject line must grab you, and relationship matters in getting a reply from an editor or publisher.

College dropout turns writer, rambling vs. traveling, and camping in a Doge Dart

Personal questions cover Weissmann’s first significant story he wrote, being undirected, college coursing in Japanese tea ceremony, bowling, oil painting, organic gardening and more resulting in dropping out of college, how saving money and travelling led to blossoming as a writer when not structured or pressured, an extensive camping trip in a Dodge Dart, rambling vs. traveling, camping in ten countries in Africa, working as a nanny in Cyprus, picking fruit in Israel, making choices to experience more instead of rushing, and where in the world would he have liked to grow up. Gross National Happiness, when a guide makes all the difference, how the travel industry is fragile, and seeking a good story that is bigger than a company and progresses a narrative.

023 – Travel Pitch Night at Voyager HQ

Five innovative travel startup companies pitch industry leaders and investors at Voyager HQ …

The companies and judges gathered at the Voyager HQ Clubhouse in New York City for Travel Pitch Night, sponsored by Amadeus. Panelists and audience judged each startup on presentation, business model’s viability, product/market fit, and fundability. This episode powered by Sennheiser.

The companies that pitched:

Samantha Ruiz (CEO/Co-Founder)  – Well Traveled

Rebecca Lima (CEO/Co-Founder) – Ment

Matthew Lerner (CEO/Founder)  – MetroButler

Lisa Israelovitch (CEO/Founder) – Umapped

Eyal Raab (Business Development) – Riskified

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022 – Dan Ruch of Rocketrip – The Motivation to Save

How rewarding employees for responsible corporate travel saves money and boosts morale…

A misalignment — between the intent of corporate travel policies and the way employees manage travel expenses — results in tremendous financial waste. Dan Ruch, Founder of Rocketrip, offers insights on a behavioral change platform for large organizations interested in controlling travel costs and creating a positive climate, with employees rewarded for great behavior. Guest host Nick Vivion, Editorial Director of tnooz, joins hosts Pavan Bahl and John Matson at the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. (Ruch’s profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danruch/)

Splitting the savings, motivating and changing behavior, and an employee perk

Ruch discusses how travel is an emotional product and a misunderstood industry, how employees rewarded for great behavior, the ability to predict what a trip should cost, and proactively rewarding the behavior of employees who reduce travel costs and go above and beyond the call of duty (travel policy). How, if an employee beats a budget, half of the savings goes to the company, half to the employee, and how companies are usually controlling policies and creating friction as the usual way to control costs. Rocketrip’s guarantee policy, motivating and changing behavior, predictable motivation, and encouraging employees to save money. How employees become competitive within the company, and the platforms is a cost savings program masquerading as an employee perk, and an employee benefit program that pays for itself and helps retain and motivate talent.

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021 – Gillian Morris of HitList – Traveling, Your Way

Travel app with intelligent filters help you find trips that suit your time, destination preferences and budget…

Gillian Morris, Co-founder and CEO of Hitlist (a mobile app which sends users personalized, proactive alerts when there are cheap flights – profile), joins John Matson, Peter Crysdale and Marc Raco in the MouthMedia Network Studios in New York, powered by Sennheiser.

Optimal timing, a price graph, and an organic rate of growth

Morris discusses how the app alerts you, and how Hitlist monitors 50 million flights of data a day, and helps to save time and money and get you traveling more. How other flight search engines are about if you want to book right now and know what you want and where to go, but how booking at optimal times can save a lot of money. Driving the purchase so customers know the right moment, the price graph, how Hitlist has a use case, the way the organic growth rate is going up, being at a million users, and pride that they didn’t have to raise a lot of money.

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Special Report – Brittany Lewis of Chariot -The Midtown Mover

Chariot’s first NYC crowd-funded commuter route…

Brittany Lewis, Marketing Manager for Chariot (an app-based crowd-sourced commuter service and Ford Smart Mobility Company – (profile)) joins Marc Raco in the MouthMedia Network Studios powered by Sennheiser for a special announcement on a new crowd-funded route.

Lewis announces that after a month-and-a-half in Chariot’s fourth City, launching Chariotfirst crowd-funded route in New York City on October 10th, 2017. She clarifies how a crowd-sourced route works, why Chariot’s model is a significant urban opportunity, how urban growth created mobility issues, and Chariot and Ford looking at how to help get people where they need to go while considering other city issues. The sense of community with Chariot, the notion of on-demand and a personal experience, fostering the sense of community in the rides in a place like New York, and launching quickly after the first two routes in NYC. Plus, naming the service routes, and a special connection on a chariot for Lewis personally.

019 – Michal Alter of Visit.org – Good Will Traveling

Social impact travel experiences…

Michal Alter, Co-Founder and CEO at visit.org (building the world’s leading platform for social impact travel experiences, allowing millions of users to discover, support, and interact with ‘do-good’ organizations both virtually and in-person – (profile)) joins Pavan Bahl, John Matson and Peter Crysdale in the MouthMedia Studios, powered by Sennheiser.

A heavy social mission, surviving the early years, and boots on the ground

Alter discusses local and authentic activities while traveling, and how they will benefit each local community via dollars spent, how she had privilege to travel for prolonged periods of time and had enough time to randomly meet and interact with local people, inspiring the company. And why a heavy social mission, how Alter then became a director for refugee affairs, then serving community of 100k refugees and immigrants. How Visit.org is in 76 countries, aiming for 2,000 experiences, and how they got a crazy cool URL. Existing as a for-profit social enterprise, how early success and recognition allowed the company to survive while cultivating users and experiences, having boots on the ground and vigorous online research and approach, and all providers are local non-profits and social ventures.

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018 – Alex Shashou of ALICE – Here’s the Story of an App Named ALICE

Hotel operations connection platform with ALICE…

Alex Shashou, Co-Founder & President of ALICE (an operations system for every department in a hotel, connecting staff and guests – (bio)), joins Pavan Bahl and John Matson at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

Building partnerships, tracking and transitioning work, and the market opportunity

Shashou shares the biggest growth transition of ALICE, how is addresses the last frontier of travel, allows all department to communicate, gives guests access, connects different software systems, and how ALICE is building great partnerships with big names. Working primarily with high end 3 star to 5 star hotels, how it was started 2012 and moved from a guest app to a back end player that changed the business model, how the open API is utilized, tracking employee work, transitioning work from shift to shift, that hotels are not technology companies but a service company, and how boutique brands are building own guest experience and their own apps but using ALICE for the operational complexity. Now at 500 locations serviced, in Europe and North America, more than 150,000 non-chain hotels are the market, with a focus on hotels big enough to matter but not so small not to matter.

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017 – Brian Harniman and Krish Jagirdar of Brand New Matter – Better, Stronger, Faster

Strategic advisory and venture capital firm with Brand New Matter…

Brian Harniman (Co-Founder and Managing Director, and member of founding team at Priceline – (bio)) and Krish Jagirdar (Vice President – (bio)) of Brand New Matter (a New York-based strategic advisory and venture capital firm that helps companies at any stage grow smarter and faster, starting with signature 30-Day Deep Dives), join Pavan Bahl and John Matson at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

Priceline and Robot Dog, exploring the meaning of success, and Krispy Kreme stories

Harniman reviews how he started in travel 20 years ago, recruited by a name your price company, and stayed for 10 years — as part of the founding team of Priceline. Jagirdar shares his background in film and finance, then working at top tier design firm Dom and Tom (and what Dom and Tom has in common with Priceline), then had own digital marketing agency Robot Dog, and learned the travel and hospitality industry building an app PlusMore. How Brand New Matter couples advisory and investment services, the 30 Day Deep Dive, exploring the meaning of success, collaboration rooted in empathy, a tolerated failure rate, help with extracting value and supporting that, helping companies dubug your company for a better foundation, defining success, risk assessment, perhaps a capital deployment, being specific to the business in the deep collaboration, and verticals such as liquor and spirits, travel, and health and wellness. And, everyone has a Krispy Kreme doughnut story.

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016 – Joe DiTomaso of AllTheRooms – Accommodating Everyone

Accommodation search engines…

Joe DiTomaso, Co-Founder and CEO of AllTheRooms (the largest and most complete accommodation search engine combining sites like Expedia, Airbnb, and 400+ other sites you may not have even heard of yet, offering more than 900,000 rooms worldwide – (bio)), joins Pavan Bahl, John Matson and Peter Crysdale at the MouthMedia Network studios.

Cataloging every room, selling analytics, and how travel ranks in Google

DiTomaso discusses aggregating and cataloging every room on the planet, from a hammock in the Caribbean to a 3 bedroom flat in London, how the consumer ends up seeing inventory and hotels and paying the “highest big”, how that’s only 1% of the market, being a B to B solution, and offering a white level B to B to C solution, allowing interactive search connecting with events, selling the analytics, including all of airbnb, how the travel space is Google’s third highest paying vertical vs. insurance and finance, and how companies like Trivago and their ad word spend are crushing competition.

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