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Ian
Founder, Travel Massive
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About me

Hey everyone, I built this community to do something good for travel.

πŸ‘‰ How I started this. Before starting Travel Massive, I co-founded a software consulting firm β€” and worked on many projects (too many to list) including the first search engine for large-scale climate research data. On a trip to the US (way back in 2006) to visit some colleagues at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, my friend sent me on an adventure to the Green Tortoise hostel in San Francisco. That trip mostly changed my life, and I decided to build my own travel startup to help connect fellow travelers. I quit my job (blah blah) and continued traveling and after a few months of living cheap and working from internet-cafes in Thailand and Laos, I presented at CES Australia (2009) and met a travel insurance company who bought my startup. At a hostel in Sydney, me and a few friends started a meetup for travel startups and bloggers, that accidentally grew to a few cities around the world. After a few thousand meetups in a few hundred cities, this created Travel Massive :)

I've also invested in a few startups, including an accelerator in Sydney that funded Tinybeans.com (which floated on the ASX). I'm interested in programming, the open internet, and ways to help people connect and share ideas online and in-person.

I've spent time living in Sydney, Bangkok, Berlin, and Tasmania. Get in touch!

What is your favorite travel destination?

East Coast, Tasmania

Where do you dream of traveling to?

East Africa

What was your first travel job?

I wrote a booking engine for a small airline.

What do you want to learn more about?

The most remote places in the world

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Travel with purpose

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  • Agree, I used it for 2nd time on a recent trip to US and CA (and in Korea on the way) and it worked flawlessly and with super fast speeds.

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    Jetpac 5 days ago

  • One more question: the app is not available in Apple App Store (Australia). What regions are you currently available in?

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    Traveleva 5 days ago

  • Hi Amit, congrats on launching Traveleva and thanks for sharing with the Travel Massive community. I'm curious about the origin story of your startup β€”Β how did you come up with the idea, did you have a background in travel, and who are your co-founders... show more

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    Traveleva 6 days ago

  • Since millions of people travel, this is more of a hard question because I guess you’re looking for a specific type of traveler, right? Eg: someone who travels frequently and plans their trips? I wouldn’t underestimate the benefits of striking up conve... show more

  • Great video, this is what Travel Massive is all about! Meeting fellow travel people, sharing what we’re working on, and collaborating!

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