StartupStay.com has launched, serving the global community of entrepreneurs that travel
London, UK (July 18th, 2012) – StartupStay.com has recently launched to help entrepreneurs that travel build relationships in their trips, gain local insights and avoid accommodation costs. Members can stay with and host other like-minded entrepreneurs. Both, guests and hosts, give back by sharing business knowledge, skills or even tapping into their business network as part of the experience. Entrepreneurs do not pay to be hosted and membership is by invitation-only (request and invitation at Startupstay.com).
Fred Caballero, co-founder and CEO, said: “Currently, there are no hospitality exchange platforms serving entrepreneurs only. The “Stay with me for free” or “Pay to stay at my place” value propositions are simply not enough for entrepreneurs. People in startups live and breathe a unique lifestyle and attitude. Startup Stay is here to bring this contagious chutzpah into business travelling experiences, sparking new relationships & business opportunities.”
The founders, Fred Caballero & Facundo Villaveiran, had been looking to serve the massively growing startup sector for over a year, bouncing ideas back and forth. Both being avid travellers, finally decided to focus on the entrepreneurial travel vertical. After joining TechHub at Google Campus (co-working space in East London), the Startup Stay concept finally crystallized: The founders started seeing messages from startups in TechHub Riga (Latvia), searching for members to host them in London and vice versa. Then, they began to work on the beta version of the site.
CPO Facundo Villaveiran added: “In less than five weeks, entrepreneurs in more than 200 cities and 60 countries worldwide joined Startup Stay. Members continue inviting more trusted entrepreneurs daily and there is a constant flow of “requests-to-stay” (accommodation seeking) with real-life experiences already happening. In addition, the itinerary feature that lets entrepreneurs announce their trips to locals is triggering interesting networking: Many locals are spontaneously arranging coffee-meetups with incoming entrepreneurs before their arrival. “
About Startup Stay
StartupStay.com is a global community for entrepreneurs that travel. The site proposes three core advantages to its members: