Greetings, beautiful people.
This time a year ago, Luka, Timo, and I were sitting in a series of cafes in Amsterdam (one pictured below), drawing up the first sketches of an app we called ‘Hitlist’. Since then we’ve
- shipped 218 builds of the app to testing
- reached over a quarter million people across our web, mobile, and social properties
- stopped drinking Starbucks*
- last month we asked for help with connections to the App Store, fundraising, press, and testing. You came through in the best of ways. We’ll have an announcement coming out later this week with a bit more detail.
- we’ve been named finalists for the Women 2.0 pitch contest September 29th-30th in SF. I assume I’ll have a +1 and could probably use some help preparing, carrying swag, possibly manning a booth. Anyone want to come cheer me on and/or network with speakers like the CMO of Yahoo, Director of Engineering at Facebook, etc? See here for more details.
- I published a blog post with resources for travel startups. In characteristic fashion, I managed to include some social commentary, lots of numbers, and a GIF. It’s basically a condensed version of most of what I’ve learned in the last two years, which I hope could be useful to people who are working in this space. Any edits/feedback would be much appreciated.
- Bonus if you’ve made it this far into the email: we’re sponsoring a free trip to NYC for people interested in travel – enter here.
When we romanticize the ‘golden age’ of air travel, we often forget that flights were accessible only to the very elite. The attitude that flying is exotic has gone away, but the assumption that it is expensive and indulgent remains. It doesn’t have to be. If we can help change people’s perceptions about how expensive it is to travel, we might be able to get them to do it more. And more travel is a good thing for so many reasons.
GIF OF THE MONTH
For reasons we don’t need to trouble you all with, this has been a tough month. The important thing is we’ve emerged a lot stronger than we ever were before. This little green man was one of many sources of inspiration.