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With These 5 Tools Entrepreneurs Can Run a Business From Their Phone

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you’re running a business, you need to get things done no matter where you are. Say you’re onsite with a vendor and need to send a quick update to your team back at the office, or perhaps you bump into a potential client at Starbucks …

Uber's $40 Billion Valuation Tops Market Caps of Delta, American Air and Marriott

A potential round of financing by Uber Technologies Inc. valuing it as high as $40 billion would make the mobile car-booking company more valuable …

Competition between Expedia and Priceline continues to burn brightly

While online travel retail sales are continuing their steady growth globally, consolidation is increasing among online travel agencies.<p>Both Expedia …

GoEuro closes $27M to fund its multi-modal travel platform

Ah, to be young and working in Berlin in late summer.<p>Even better, to be young working for a two-year-old travel technology start-up in the hip …

Why rolling up hotel technology companies is a hot trend of the moment

Anyone looking at the mergers and acquisitions of the past year would know that there is something in the air.<p>Big, brand-name firms have been …

Hospitality

An Oversimplified Explanation of Airbnb’s Challenges and Success

After Airbnb raised its latest funding megaround, the company attained a massive $10 billion valuation. But the home-sharing startup faced plenty of …

Startup VerbalizeIt Runs Into the Problem of the Infrequent Traveler

VerbalizeIt, which picked up “startup of the year” honors at PhoCusWright’s 2013 Travel Innovation Summit, has de-emphasized its human-translation …

GDS hotel bookings via Expedia: growth, but for how long?

Everyone knows that hotels can put more heads in beds by selling their rooms through Expedia, the giant of online travel agencies.<p>What’s less well …

How well do 100 major accommodation and destination websites perform on mobile?

TheSearchAgency has singled out the best and some of the worst travel brands via a major study into their prowess on mobile devices.<p>The online …

How to go fishing in the Big Data lake of travel

If you are chief technology officer of one of the world biggest travel technology companies, you have to be a man on a mission.<p>Edmond Mesrobian, CTO …

Expedia acquires Auto Escape, France's leading rental car portfolio

Expedia Inc has acquired Auto Escape Group. This move boosts the American online travel agency giant’s presence in the European car rental …

Skyscanner Acquires Chinese Search Site Youbibi

Scotland-based Skyscanner is expanding its presence in China through the acquisition of Chinese metasearch site Youbibi.<p>Launched in 2010, Youbibi …

Moving airlines from Argos (minus the catalogue) to a grit-free web experience

Analogies describing the online travel experience are plentiful and yet Argos without the catalogue sticks in the mind as an image of what it can be …

eCommerce

Chinese online travel agents get 10x more reviews than actual review sites

Perhaps a surprise – user review giant TripAdvisor‘s Chinese brand DaoDao has fewer hotel reviews than online travel agencies in China.<p>A …

Lessons for travel startups from Uber and OpenTable: Disrupt, fix or make money

The last few weeks have seen two major travel startup new stories, perhaps giving hope to countless young businesses in the sector.<p>Firstly, OpenTable …

Startups

RealPage acquires vacation rental technology provider Kigo for $32M

More activity behind the scenes in vacation rental technology as Spain-based Kigo is snapped for $32 million by property management company …

Startup pitch: Muber wants to turn travellers into personal Amazon Marketplaces

Muber, an Atlanta, US-based startup, has a take on the sharing economy to get travellers to become virtual delivery companies.<p>The one-year-old …

Trip planner for independent travelers Nezasa announces financing

Bespoke travel planning and booking platform Nezasa (TLabs here) has announced a full round of funding, bringing in $800,000 (700,000 CHF) of growth …

Startup pitch: PinMeTo wants to show businesses the importance of location data

In the quest for a way for businesses to improve the management and use of location data, PinMeTo was born.<p>The Sweden-based startup’s customers were …

Dots to a connected world - collaboration, more collaboration (and data concerns)

A couple of years ago the World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group got together to come up with solutions to improve traffic, travel, …