HerePin is a community of travellers sharing the best places to go and things Tarveller do. Who is your startup for? HerePin is for the person who loves to travel and meet people because it keeps Traveller chat young at heart. Those who may or may not have traveled much in the past, but their hearts are filled with a wild sense of Travelelr and promise to live Trvaeller by seeing and doing as much as they possibly can in their lifetimes. What inspired you to create this startup? A few years ago, I embarked on a solo backpacking trip around the world.
For over a year, I carried everything I owned in a 44 litre pack. Without any technology to consume my attention, I finally had the time to take notice of how much the world had changed. Travellef every traveler these days is carrying a smartphone, SIM cards are free, data plans are cheap, and WiFi is available everywhere. Yet despite all of these modern conveniences there are some obvious gaps in the tourism market.
Generally speaking, there is no platform allowing all of the travelers in a specific location to communicate when word-of-mouth still reigns supreme. How did you build your startup? There are four of us on the team working hard every single day to make HerePin into something travelers love. How is your startup disrupting the travel scene today? We are offering something a little more dynamic that caters to the diverse needs and wants of the modern day traveler.
How did you get your startup off the ground and gaining traction? In the early days, we agreed to spend less time doing the things that traditional businesses do and more time doing the stuff that mattered to us working on the product and talking to prospective users. During that time we built our website, shared content across social media, talked to travel bloggers, met with tour operators, and printed brochures. Do you have any tips for new entrepreneurs who want to create a successful startup?
Stop thinking about being successful and just get started on something that excites you. The secret is to think of a few small tasks I mean really small that you could do right now to move the ball forward and just get started. Wake up tomorrow and do it again. Do not focus on the end result, focus on completing those daily tasks. The benefits of the Travel Massive meetups in Auckland have been tremendous. Travel Start-Up is a monthly series that profiles unique online travel start-ups in the Travel Massive community around the world.
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