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The collaborative travel guide iwannagothere.com is announcing today that it has raised startup funding from three digital agencies: Manifest Digital (www.manifestdigital.com), headquartered in Chicago, IL, USA, InUse (www.inuse.se), headquartered out of Malmö, Sweden, and The Cocktail (www.the-cocktail.com), with its primary offices in Madrid, Spain. The company is launching its first beta version to the English speaking market this week and plans aggressive content and functional expansion in the coming months.
The company is excited to integrate its new investment partners in a number of ways. First and foremost, the perspectives integrated from these three user-centered design firms will ensure well-informed product development and an evolution that is constantly in line with local and international travel needs. An approach like this has not been attempted before and is likely to become a model for international efforts in the coming years.
iwannagothere.com is a collaborative travel guide already boasting the power to:
- Get to know other people from all over the world
- Share special places you discover in your travels
- Learn about new places discovered by others, and
- Plan and design your own routes for your upcoming trips
The goal is to build a guide with all the special places that real travelers enjoy. You can now build a complete plan and compile a complete history of your travels. Sharing the anticipation and memories with friends across the world begins opening new opportunities perhaps never considered before.
iwannagothere.com is for the active traveler who does some research before traveling. It is also great for the traveler who is tired of the typical tourist activities and resources. Defining anew breed of traveler, iwanna begins to address the innate desire to find real experience and a human touch wherever you go. With a tool like this, people can now share stories in a more meaningful way with they create many more of their own making.
Maria Martinez, CEO and founder of iwannagothere.com:
“As an independent traveler, I prefer not to use travel agencies or follow set itineraries. I like exploring new places my own way.
Last year, planning my trip to India I started researching the internet to find interesting places, accommodation, etc. I was overloaded with huge amounts of information and poorly-organized information. I quickly got lost in so many non-descript sources,so I ended up resorting to the good old paper travel guide.
But the best advice I got was actually on the road, meeting other people, checking their photos, scribbling tips on napkins and the back of my hand.
That’s how iwannagothere.com was born -to be a site where independent travelers can share up-to-date information and recommendations with other knowledgeable travelers- organized in a practical way that helps us plan our trips and discover new destinations.”
Jim Jacoby, CEO and founder of Manifest Digital:
”I’ve loved discovering new places since I first set out across the US as a kid with my parents. Now I’m an avid international traveler. My wife and I enjoy finding new places within whatever city we land in. And we like knowing that we’re experiencing the true local flavor of the destination we go to. iwanna is a perfect solution for us and that’s why it caught our attention for investment.
Having the ability to share multinational and multicultural experiences in this product is a chance of a lifetime. The collaboration across our three companies lets us share people, process, and technology in new ways, making this product a true success in the process. A number of Manifest employees have already begun applying their own expertise to the success of the business.”
Mijo Balic, CEO and founder of InUse:
“We believe the world becomes a better place when people get together and collaborate around the things they’re passionate about. As individuals in this project, we share the passion for experiencing new places and finding new friends. As companies, we share the passion for what really makes great business; great user experience. And Iwanna is about just that. Iwanna can be the difference of experiencing a new city guided by a good friend compared to exploring it through the eyes of a lonely tourist. We look forward to continue working on this project, proving how great business can come from enabling people everywhere to enjoy exploring new places and making new friends.”
Alberto Knapp Bjerén, CEO and founder of The Cocktail:
“The first beta release of the site was designed and developed by three The Cocktail employees on weekends. The idea and the output were so great that InUse, Manifest Digital and my own company felt that we had to help the project become an international success. With offices and resources in three countries, we believe we can reach the active traveler and make him an active part of this new community.”
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