December 4, 2011

Bon Voyage: Gogobot in 60 Seconds

Gogobot HQFacebook is the world’s largest and most universal social network, but there are other niche social networks that have dominated the social space. Two that immediately come to mind are LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, and Foodspotting for foodies.

There is also Ning, a platform that lets users create their own social networks—recently acquired by Glam Media.

I have no doubt that we will see more niche networks that are immensely successful. One on its way to stardom is Gogobot, a social travel startup for backpackers, travel enthusiasts and jet setters.

The platform helps people plan their trips by tapping the recommendations and suggestions of their friends. Essentially Gogobot connects you with friends to make planning and sharing your travels fun.

Let’s get straight to the facts, check this out: 
  • Founded by: 
    • Ex-MySpace exec Travis Katz and Ori Zaltzman, former chief architect for Yahoo! BOSS.
  • Backed by:
    • Battery Ventures 
    • Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors 
    • MySpace Founder Chris DeWolfe Square GM Keith Rabois, and 
    • Angel Oren Ze’ev.
Dubbed by Michael Arrington as “one of my favorite new startups for 2010.” Recently raised $15 million led by Redpoint Ventures with Battery Ventures and the CrunchFund participating.

The 60 second version below:

 

Then there is Gogbosot’s contribution to the social graph: 

Gogobot is tapping APIs from Facebook and Foursquare to use check-in data, helping users fill out their travel history and share it with friends and fellow travelers.

Users can check out their friends’ travel histories, photos and reviews and share their own, all of which gets packaged into albums and collections. They can also follow other Gogobot users and send out travel queries to their friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Graph 

Gogobot’s Contribution to the Social Graph 


But the most impressive aspect of Gogobot is its design and user experience. It’s simply beautiful. Combine that with the core product, and you have a social startup on steroids. 

Below is a screen shot of the user-interface—a Flipboard-like layout with smart color design. 

Gogobot 

The biggest question mark: Is there room for brands here? Will they be able to tap in? and how? I suspect Gogobot needs to grow their consumer base first. 

Until then—Bon Voyage! Michoel – @Twabbi

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