The company of the day is Raveable, based in the US. Their mission is to help travelers find the perfect hotel quickly. You will find below an interview with Philip Vaughn, Co-Founder and CEO of Raveable. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
Philip Vaughn Co-Founder and CEO of Raveable.
It is great. I like that Microsoft is providing recognition and promotion for startups.
I worked inside of Microsoft as a Group Manager in SQL Server.
Raveable was started because I found that I could research a car or consumer electronics device in much less time than I could find a hotel for my next vacation.
We make money when someone books a hotel room at one of our travel partners. Our mission is to help travelers find the perfect hotel quickly.
Raveable is currently self-funded.
Currently we have over 30 million opinions on 55k US hotels and resorts. We plan to add international destinations later this year.
The two founders are the only full-time employees. We have 5 developers working on Raveable.com.
We perform all of our backend analysis using SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio. After working on the products we knew SQL Server and Visual Studio would give us the features and development speed we needed as a startup.
We developed patent-pending software that semantically analyzes hotel reviews for positive and negative opinions about individual hotel features.
Mobile applications look very promising right now.
Not yet, we will start the fundraising process in a few months.
We like BizSpark because it provides Raveable access to Microsoft products without the friction typically associated with a big company. Equally beneficial are the marketing opportunities that Biz Spark provides.
Before you write the first line of code develop critical success/failure points for the business. They will create small momentum building victories or the ability to course correct at a lower resource and morale cost.
We would love your feedback. Follow @raveable on twitter and tell us what you think of our analysis of the Top 10 hotels in Seattle or Romantic Hotels in Seattle.