The Stockholm-based travel startup Tripbirds has ended its private beta-phase today and launched the public beta version of its travel portal (Update – February 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website and we therefore deactivated the link).
Tripbirds, which received about €560K in funding from Index Ventures, Passion Capital, Creandum and some angel investors, is a new travel website built with data from Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla and Instagram.
The Swedish startup, which was founded by Ted Valentin, Jonatan Heyman and Robert Kajik, aims to nail ‘social travel’. This means that Tripbirds enables users to plan trips mostly based on recommendations that they receive from their social circles. As an example, if you’re planning a trip to Barcelona, Tripbirds enables you to see which of your friends or relatives have been there most recently, and are therefore able to provide you with recommendations.
Tripbirds also enables its users to book hotel rooms though an integration with Booking.com. That being said, the young travel website earns money mainly through commissions.
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