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Ian
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About me

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!

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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  • I’ll connect with you Kim and Roberta (who commented above). Would be great to get the Philly group up and running again!

  • Thanks for the warm welcome Jazz, I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone while I'm in town!

  • Hi Jon, Thanks for sharing The Galapagos Postman Challenge on Travel Massive! What a cool project with a fantastic mission and cause. I hope you get a chance to meet some Travel Massive members along the way. Where is the furthest postcard to be del... show more

  • Hey Sassy! We don’t currently have alt text on gallery images (that can be defined by the post author). The video on the post is an embedded YouTube, so I guess Jon could add that. Will DM, thanks for the feedback!

  • We’ve always been a remote team at Travel Massive but we have had some stints at co-working spaces in NYC (the old VoyagerHQ) and in Berlin. I gotta say I miss those days of going into an office to work with colleagues in-person! We got so much stuff do... show more

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