Category Archives: Travel

Surveying the travel startup landscape, part 2: Front line tips from the founders | PhocusWire

Good read. Has some solid advice from a few people but one of my fav’s is Amit from RedDoorz.

Surveying the travel startup landscape, part 2: Front line tips from the founders | PhocusWire:

Amit Saberwal is founder and CEO of RedDoorz, which has more than 500 budget properties in 16 Indonesian cities, Singapore and the Philippines. Founded in 2015, RedDoorz handles distribution, pricing, marketing, customer service and technology for properties under its brand, but it does not own them. RedDoorz has raised $20 million in funding. Before launching RedDoorz, Saberwal was chief business officer at MakeMyTrip.


Reddoorz :: Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018 – Skift

Skift’s Top Travel Startups to Watch 2018 – Skift:


Money Raised: Close to $20 million Headline Investors: Jungle Ventures, Susquehanna International Group and InnoVen Capital

Skift Take: Launched in 2015, RedDoorz is a network of budget branded lodging, with more than 500 properties primarily in Indonesia but also in Singapore and the Philippines. Yes, the company is mimicking a model that others pioneered in India. But we bet that its executives, led by co-founder and CEO Amit Saberwal, have the rare skills needed to lead their team of 180 workers in fending off looming competition from Chinese-owned budget hotels.

Google Is Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking – Skift

I wonder how far Google goes here. They know so much and are already so key to people and travel.

Curious where this is gonna go and how far they take transactions and global readiness.

Google typically let’s down in that regard – like getting a pixel in Singapore for example.

Google Is Is One Step Closer to Its User-Centric Vision of Travel Booking – Skift


The year is coming to an end and again it all feels like it has moved so fast. I think the more I age the faster time flies. Obviously having children accelerates the pace even more since so many milestones appear and disappear before my eyes with each passing day. Regardless, I am thankful for everything. 

Some of you may or may not know that on Dec 5, I married my wife. Although we have been legally married for some time – we have never had a proper ceremony. The week previous we transformed her parent’s backyard, invited lots of people and had two ceremonies plus a kickass party. Was a great time and I appreciate all the support from those who made it possible. 

And to my wife, thanks and this is just the beginning.

Currently on a plane headed to Jeju. Planning to enjoy driving around the island and even catching some snow.

The last few days we have been in Seoul. Eating, shopping, eating and touring. I had not been to Seoul in many years and as always going for a holiday means I enjoyed the place a lot more than when going for work. That is typical of most places but was fun to hang out and watch the place in action. 

Stuff I noticed:

– Every car is either a Kia, Hyundai or Chevy. Saw lots of Chevy’s but no Fords for the most part. Quite opposite from say Thailand where you see lots of Fords but not so many Chevy’s.

– Everyone carries a Samsung or LG phone and if not carrying a phone from the home country they are using an iPhone most of the time.

– Everywhere you go people are on their phones. Lots of folks walk around from train to street watching videos.

– Korean culture is consumed more than anything else it seems. Most people watching Korean stuff and even the movie theatres were only showing Korean stuff. It’s clear that Korean music and movies is more popular and also also become a clear export.

– Kakao Talk reigns supreme for chat and voice and I guess even the basics for social. The rest of the usage is games, Instagram and I guess some facebook but I saw more Instagram usage over Facebook. Was hard to tell but looks like Talk wins for Whatsapp. But gaming is huge – all sorts of genders from young to old constantly playing games.

– Coffee shops and cafes everywhere and lots of chains. Stoked to see Taco Bell but haven’t had any yet. The Food courts at famous malls are quit international – surprising amount of Mexican places as well. Haven’t had pizza yet but Italian food everywhere too. Food is everywhere which is great and I love that there is still some street food. We ate quite a few meals by grazing on the streets. Great seagfood as well. We have been eating a lot. 😉

– Like Japan English is not well spoken but feels slightly better than Japan for being able to ask people stuff. Fortunately the subway is easy to deal with and such a large system than one can pretty much get everywhere with the subway. Tack on the existence of easy airport buses and actual check in at the city center to make it super simple to get around and catch domestic flights. I find getting around super easy and we have hardly used a cab.

– Wifi is all over the place malls, cafes, some buses and generally great speeds with no connectivity issues. Could pretty much easily work remote here with little hassle. Guessing there is some amount of active co-work scene. There is even a spot in Jeju I will check out if I have the time.

All in all. Good times. Been unplugged quite a bit. I don’t miss social media much at all. I am sure America continues to drop into the Trump pit of hell but what can I do about it – so no point in trying to stay up on the news anyway. Ignorance is bliss.

Might have time to bang out a few more posts before the year end. At this point in time the blog, even with the new domain, has had a record year. I plant to try and keep writing more and explore my VC journey in blog form as much a possible.

Travel Agent for Southeast Asia

Normally I book my own trips but when I am looking for something interesting and need help booking hotels, cars, flights and tours – I find it easier to just use an agent.

Been using these guys for years and recently used them for a trip I am planning.

So if you need travel agent help and someone who knows how to pull interesting ideas together – I suggest ::

Happy travels!