STARTUP STAGE: aiTravelers wants to mislay a hunt pain from travel

The association is a subscription-based online transport height that uses synthetic comprehension to compare users with a best transport options.

The company, that skeleton to launch in a entrance weeks, is now in beta and has 5 suppliers.

What is your 30-second representation to investors? 

aiTravelers is an online subscription marketplace that automates a transport engagement routine for a business by synthetic intelligence. 

We concede a subscribers to invariably rise a form and formed on their preferences, habits, and budget, we bond them with suppliers according to their placement goals; providing energetic pricing and a many optimal fit for your money…travel though a search. 

The past 20 years has shown 3 vital inflections in a transport industry, any time formulating new creation and growth. 

However, one thing that has turn transparent is that a miscarry from hapless events is unpredictable. Moving forward, a height will yield suppliers with on-demand travelers to accommodate unmet ability and devise for a miscarry behind rather than inaccurately try to envision this. 

Describe both a business and record aspects of your startup. 

We have motionless to take a new proceed to how we will do business within a industry. We are coming a marketplace as a subscription use that will capacitate us to know a business thoroughly.

Today, a standard outing formulation routine takes business 6 weeks, acid 120 – 160 sites, and withdrawal their carts deserted 92% of a time on average. 

Our discernment to a subscribers will give a consistent feedback loop to a suppliers in sequence for them to support a marketplace contra presaging a market. 

Traditionally, a suppliers are profitable subordinate fees and commissions by GDS and normal OTA’s; aiTravelers is coming a agreements with suppliers to be as low beyond as possible. 

We are looking to emanate module permit agreements to support a expansion and continued creation of a marketplace as we grow in volume – we will invariably grow a information and by a hybrid placement model, we will share a traveler with a suppliers, formulating a truly personalized experience. 

Artificial comprehension and information will expostulate a many slicing corner innovation. The profiles we emanate will be invariably elaborating and building as user function and information is captured. 

We will also ceaselessly learn a placement goals and how they change for a suppliers in sequence to envision and raise relating capabilities. 

Our underlying IP, yet proprietary, will use collection such as real-time predictive analytics, settlement recognition, and bolster training among others. 

Give us your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) research of a company. 


  • New technology; not connected to ancestral systems 
  • Subscription formed indication allows for deeper patron insights (lowering transport abandonment, series of sites searched, and revoke time to booking) 
  • Automated engagement lowers a separator to transport and will boost transport globally 
  • Direct connectors to suppliers will concede for reduce costs for aiTravelers and a suppliers and those assets will be upheld to a patron by charity elite and singular rates from suppliers. 
  • Travelers on-demand will concede for fortitude and correctness when creation critical scheduling and accessibility decisions 
  • Being a smaller classification allows for cheaper and some-more energetic means of user expansion – SaaS agreement will emanate some-more predictability around cost for suppliers 


  • Limited resources creates bandwidth for building a clever product quickly 
  • Unknown brand 
  • Travel attention is consolidating since of new pandemic 
  • Current low volume in a marketplace will boost a volume of time for contrast and iterating 
  • Bureaucratic work is causing march to delayed (certifications, systems, insurance, etc.) 


  • First to marketplace with transport adaptation tool 
  • COVID has combined eagerness for new mechanisms for expansion and customers 
  • Post-COVID, convenience transport will expected miscarry initial due to pent adult demand 
  • Major competitors have been forced to cut selling spend that concede for reduce separator to entrance into growth 
  • Disruption comes from outward of incumbents 
  • The pestilence has combined clever dais strength of gifted transport professionals to onboard to a company 


  • Second call of COVID could emanate a longer drought in transport and extend a expansion process 
  • Suppliers will be consolidating that creates for reduction accumulation within a product 
  • Large conglomerates could combine and emanate partnerships to delayed a marketplace penetration 
  • Competitors will follow fit as we uncover expansion and success 
  • Slow adoption of this form of subscription-based engagement process 

What are a transport pain points we are perplexing to assuage from both a patron and a attention perspective? 

We are elucidate problems for dual opposite customers. 

First and foremost, we are elucidate a inherited emanate many travelers highlight about, that is meaningful a right time to book to get a best deal. 

With aiTravelers’ continual hunt record (proprietary technique) we will safeguard that from a impulse a patron puts in their request, to a time a outing is booked, we will have optimized this believe to make a data-driven preference on this purchase.

The second problem we are elucidate for is a ability to compare unmet supply with guaranteed demand. As we grow in volume and turn a vast expansion channel for suppliers, we will be means to give low discernment into what direct is in a market, trends, and yield a apparatus to expostulate improved vital decisions. 

So you’ve got a product, now how will we get lots of customers? 

As a subscription service, we see a ability to take advantage of network effects. In this spirit, for a beta recover and pre-release sign-ups, we are going to be charity a mention program. 

Moving past a beta stage, we have a few techniques we will primarily try to grow a patron base. 

First, we are going to be operative with several amicable media influencers during a launch and relocating brazen to aim travelers. We will also take advantage of informal partnerships in sequence to promote their expansion and ours. 

The final resource we will try in a commencement is to do partner selling with transport brands such as luggage brands and some-more to offer jointly profitable enhancements to a customers. 

Tell us what routine you’ve left by to settle a genuine need for your association and a distance of a addressable market.

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As a visit traveler, we have had a event to pronounce with business for over a year about their thoughts on transport distribution. 

We have gathered many common themes about how they got there and what were a hurdles, how they would like things to be done, and if in an ideal world, how their transport look. 

Once we built adult feedback from hundreds of travelers and intensity customers, we brought that feedback to a suppliers and began vocalization with them to know since these requests haven’t been met adult until this point. 

We also wanted to know what is critical to suppliers and what would tempt them to make changes to improved fit a needs of their business – last how we can reconnect these dual entities after many years and layers of separation. 

We dynamic it is a right time to emanate a hybrid placement indication and concede a tie with a palliate of engagement to be in a hands of everybody looking to travel. 

How and when will we make money? 

We are formulation to make income from a few opposite vehicles. Monthly subscription fees will emanate an MRR stream, a SaaS chartering for suppliers will emanate an ARR stream, and we have agreements in place with 3rd celebration partners as income pity models. 

As we develop, we will cruise promotion though we wish to minimize overload on a site so this will be motionless on in a future. 

What are a backgrounds and prior achievements of a initial team? 

Derek McCoy, a co-founder CEO, has an endless credentials in sales. He has before sole to attention leaders such as American Airlines and Sabre, and has believe as an constituent partial of a hyper-growth startup team. 

Valon Xhafa, a co-founder and CTO, is an ex-Googler, determined AI researcher and successful entrepreneur. 

Our advisors embody Charlie Morris who is an executive during ADARA, a heading transport information company, and Bill O’Donnell, a former initial member of Kayak and 

What’s been a many formidable partial of initial a business so far? 

As with all startups, focusing on a right projects vs. perplexing to boil a sea has been formidable to learn. 

Conceptualizing a product and a prophesy has been a good believe since we tend to be means to truly see a destiny where there are no barriers to roving and people around a universe will get to believe things they never believed were possible. 

In sequence to strech that point, we need to start to infer a topic that usually happens one punch during a time. 

We have to have a tactical and vital devise and separating those dual has been singly difficult. 

The second jump we have had to overcome is separating a sound in a transport attention due to COVID with a possess indifferent belief. 

We have been faced with many naysayers along a way, some with credit and some without, and it has been essential that we demeanour during a information from chronological events, plead a progress, and a roadmap in sequence to stay a march and succeed. 

Overall, a categorical thing we are constantly operative on is a communication and cohesiveness. 

As co-founders, it is healthy that both people are wearing several hats and using in many directions. This can always means chaos, so we have been operative to emanate ‘controlled chaos’ by ensuring that we are constantly holding any other accountable and both holding strides to be improved partners. 

Generally, transport startups face a sincerely tough time creation an impact – so since are we going to be one of propitious ones? 

Luck is tangible as, “Success or disaster apparently brought on by possibility rather than one’s actions”. we would never be so confidant as to contend there is no such thing as luck. 

However, we have taken a required stairs to build a core group that is methodical, prioritized, and movement oriented. 

We have seen an event and we trust now is a time for intrusion in a transport industry. In further to a event and a plan, we are coming this event from a user viewpoint contra many incumbents. 

We wish to emanate a community; expostulate value to a finish user and discharge a barriers to transport for all people. By environment out to accomplish this goal and carrying core values that motivate a preference making, we aim to sojourn gaunt and proceed all choices from a user initial viewpoint against to a attention initial perspective, identical to how airbnb approaches their community. 

Furthermore, a bargain of a patron will concede us to be confidant in a proceed since we will have believe and consistent feedback delivering value and volume; since a attention has historically approached this from a volume viewpoint only. 

A year from now, what state do we consider your startup will be in? 

We are constantly examination a developments around COVID-19. 

Our initial regard is reserve and comfort of a users. For a time being, we are focusing on building a clever height with a far-reaching accumulation of options for subscribers. 

We now have 5 beta suppliers in a tube to onboard and we would like to have 5 additional suppliers onboarded by this time subsequent year. 

That will put us during 10 airlines and entrance to some-more than 200,000 hotels globally. We will demeanour to enhance a engineering resources to support this growth. 

What is your end-game? (Going public, acquisition, flourishing and staying private, etc.) 

The transport attention is famous for converging and merger of companies and we will never be close-minded to that option. 

However, we are desirous by companies such as Airbnb who have built a village and lifestyle for transport and journey by remaining a secretly owned business for many years and usually recently filing for an IPO. We will keep an open mind about a several options for expansion as a product and marketplace develops.

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