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TNOOZ

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 ⇒

AEROSPACE DIARY

Indian private jet charter start-up JetSmart recently launched an online booking platform. Read More ⇒

THE ECONOMIC TIMES

Mumbai-based travel and activity planning app Guiddoo launched the first map-based tour and activity e-marketplace… Read More ⇒

TNOOZ

Reflections on the year ahead,  a Tnooz series on what the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry might expect looking ahead. Read More ⇒

VC CIRCLE

Guiddoo World Travels Pvt Ltd, which runs travel technology site Guiddoo, has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from a bunch of angel investors, according to a press release.. Read More ⇒

INC. RADIO

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 ⇒

CNBC

[Video – Hindi] Coverage of the JetSmart launch of its first flight with chartered service from Ludhiana to Delhi.. Read More ⇒

FORBES

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 ⇒

AVIATION INTERNATIONAL

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>>

TNOOZ

With mobile offering an on-the-go experience and travelers increasingly becoming dependent on devices for travel-related tasks, Guiddoo wants to be part of the.. Read More ⇒

LIVE MINT

Guiddoo, launched in November, works offline once downloaded. It provides an audio visual guide to global monuments and attractions.. Read More ⇒

YOUR STORY

Guiddoo, a travel technology startup, was born. This app builds in-destination experiences and offers travelers information and details on activities.. Read More ⇒

INCRUISES

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 ⇒

MEDIA CONTACT

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OUR PROCESS

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.

04. SCREENING 

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.

We look forward to having you join our mission to change the landscape of travel. 

WHAT WE DO

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.

PRIVATE EQUITY

The majority of the firm’s investments (80%) focus on Travel Growth Equity & Private Equity stage investments including majority equity holdings, buyouts, rollups, spinoffs, recaps, MBOs, and LBOs.

VENTURE CAPITAL

A portion of the firm’s investments (20%) 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.

REAL ESTATE

Investments in hospitality land holdings in South Africa and India, where there are significant travel and hospitality offerings and growth beyond underlying real estate, yield exclusively with Tier 1 local development partners and hotel flags.

SPEAKING

Our team speaks at Economist Events, IATA, SITA, closed door meetings with government and regulators, Innovation Days, at universities like Tulane and Loyola, at hackathons and to travel media (CNBC, India Times, Tnooz, Skift, etc.) on prevailing travel trends, travel investments, differentiating signals from the noise in travel and travel investments, opportunities within a specific region or sector, and what trends to look for or avoid.

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