This morning Charlie, our Chief Tease, was on Dublin City Radio talking about the upcoming PhocusWright Europe Conference, May 10th-12th 2016.
In case you don't know PhocusWright, this is the #1 travel innovation event on the planet. Last year Triptease was named Travel Innovator of the Year by the judges and also won the audience vote. Clearly these guys know how to spot talent(!)
This year the event will feature the great and the good; Steve Kaufer, CEO Tripadvisor, Oliver Heckmann, VP Travel at Google, Lee McCabe, Head of Travel Facebook, Johannes Reck, CEO GetYourGuide, Johannes Thomas, CEO Trivago and importantly the smart/charming/handsome hotelier Michael Levie from CitizenM (who is a happy Triptease client). In addition to this lot, fifteen young startups will pitch their innovations.
In this conference, buzzing with creativity and flag-waving for entrepreneurship, Charlie will be giving a talk from a different angle - the pain and hard reality of travel startups. Our team's first two years, toiling away in pursuit of driving direct bookings for hotels, were nothing to write home about. Eventually Triptease got lucky and happened upon a little piece of magic when we invented Price Check, the price comparison widget for hotel websites. But before then we were inventing and discarding, testing and trying product after product with little success. Come to PhocusWright and hear the full story. Open and honest.
Here's the radio recording from today and below a short video from last year's event.