SnapTravel

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SnapTravel
SnapTravel Logo. June 2019.
ISIN🆔
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
Members
Number of employees
🌐 Websitesnaptravel.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

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

Founders[edit]

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.

Overview[edit]

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]

Funding[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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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