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Ian
Founder, Travel Massive
⭐️ Community Leader 🔥 Top 19%

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

👉 How I started this. Before starting Travel Massive, I co-founded a software consulting firm — 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!

Joined
December 2014
Location
East Coast, Tasmania
Meetups
287 events
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Recent comments

  • Hi Nikolay and team, thanks for sharing Wayclix on Travel Massive! A few questions / feedbacks: 1. The interface is very professional looking and robust, well done on that. I know how hard it is to pull in all the search results and make it easy for t... show more

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    Wayclix 2 hours ago

  • Quick poll of members who have WordPress blogs — what are your favourite plugins? I crunched the numbers on more than 6,000 WordPress blogs hosted by Travel Massive members (that's a big network!) to discover the most popular plugins: 1. Yoast (50% u... show more

  • I love discovering new travel search engines, and was surprised I hadn't come across Tictactrip earlier! Thanks to Travel Tech Essentialist newsletter for the tip-off :) The company is based in Paris, and claims to have multi-modal (travel connected by... show more

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    Tictactrip 5 hours ago

  • I recommend checking out the Travelvids course from Dean ( @dptravelvids ) at www.travelvids.tv They have some great tips for making videos with your phone.

  • Here’s a few travel vlogs I’m currently watching — hope these are helpful examples! Sabbatical Tommy https://youtu.be/vONcor-KSTE Matt and Julia https://youtu.be/t5dinUjWmLE Wind Hippie Sailing https://youtu.be/dz_ujqGiOTU Alice Ford Adventures (co... show more