May 2012

More than most entrepreneurs chasing the Facebook dream, Travis Katz knew what it would take to build a business on Facebook, and the implications of social networking as a whole on a business, as he headed international operations at MySpace and helped to grow the platform from a user base of 10 million to 66 million.  Travis went on to create Gogobot, the largest social travel site built on Facebook, which surpassed the 1 million registered user mark in May, with a new member joining every 15 seconds and more than 60 percent growth since January 2012.

“Gogobot has become a go-to, reliable source of travel information for a community of more than 1 million in-the-know travelers because it automatically sorts reviews and photos of hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on their popularity in your personal network — so every user has a unique, personalized experience.  By far the largest and fastest growing in the increasingly hot social travel space, so many people have adopted Gogobot because the advice comes from friends and like-minded users in your network, rather than anonymous strangers.” — Travis Katz, CEO and co-founder, Gogobot.

Congratulations to the Gogobot team in Menlo Park and London for reaching this major milestone!  Here’s a snapshot of some of their coverage, including a great 5 minute broadcast segment featuring Travis on FOX Business, where Gogobot was described as the “Facebook of Travel.”

Travis’s Gogobot travel passport can be seen at http://www.gogobot.com/user/travis-katz

 

On March 5th, RelayRides, the world’s first consumer-to-consumer car sharing service, announced a major expansion that separated the company from its competitors, making it the most widely available service on the US market.

RelayRides, which recently was named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies, is the pioneering car sharing company that lets owners earn an average of $250 per month by loaning their normally unused car to neighbors. Borrowers gain access to a vehicle, right in their own neighborhood, for as little as $5 per hour. According to research firm Gartner, 10 percent of the U.S. urban population will use shared cars instead of personally owned vehicles. And, for every car currently enrolled in a car sharing program, 14 are removed from the road making it an environmentally friendly alternative.

To amplify the announcement, the Consort team not only reached out to print and online media, but we also contacted both local and national broadcasters across America, resulting in unprecedented coverage.  Above is a snapshot of TV segments, spanning The Today Show to local affiliates from Chicago to Philadelphia and  beyond.

Congratulations to Shelby Clark, founder of RelayRides, and the team for bringing car sharing to the masses.

Now that is one sweet (and astute) description of Gogobot!

If you want to check out the interview with Travis Katz, CEO of Gogobot, which aired during lunch time on FOX Business, you can find it here (almost 5 minutes long):  Editors Picks:  Gogobot CEO’s Advice for Facebook.

 

 

 

 

I’ve already got my eye on a bunch of cool items, like a USB fish tank.  Need.

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