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SnapTravel Logo. June 2019.
IndustryTravel technology
Founded 📆July 24, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-07-24)
Founder 👔Hussein Fazal, Henry Shi
Headquarters 🏙️Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Area served 🗺️
Key people
  • Stephen Curry
  • Peter Kern
  • Chris Arsenault
ServicesHotel Booking
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

SnapTravel is an online hotel booking startup which helps users find and book hotels through messaging apps.


Hussein Fazal and Henry Shi founded SnapTravel in San Francisco in October 2016. Prior to founding SnapTravel, Hussein Fazal was the CEO of AdParlor, which reached $100 million in revenue and was later sold to AdKnowledge in 2011. Henry Shi previously started uMentioned, was a machine learning engineer at LendUp and worked as an engineer at Google.


SnapTravel allows users to book hotels through a chatbot on SMS, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger apps.[1] The chatbot uses NLP(Natural Language Processing), and ML (Machine Learning) technologies to deliver a messaging-based  booking experience to customers. A human agent will assist a user if the request is not understood by the chatbot.[2][3][4]


SnapTravel closed a Series A funding round with $22.4M on Dec 4, 2018. Participating investors include Stephen Curry, Hedgewood, Telstra Ventures, Peter Kern, Lighbank, Bee Partners, iNovia Capital, Steve Corcoran and Sameer Husain. Prior to that, SnapTravel raised $1.1 million in seed funding from Lightbank and Bee Partners in 2016.


  1. Rodriguez, Salvador (2019-05-01). "Mark Zuckerberg hints how Facebook will make big bucks from its newfound focus on privacy". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  2. Graham, Jefferson. "Remember chat bots? Facebook plans to double down after disappointing start". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  3. "How to plan your next vacation with a chatbot". The Seattle Times. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  4. Ogus, Simon. "Stephen Curry Announces Latest Tech Investment As His Startup Portfolio Continues To Grow". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-01-08.

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