When most of us were tagging pictures with the hashtag ‘wanderlust’, one man saw it as an opportunity and decided to make a journal. Not just a journal but a techno journal; available for travellers. You can also call it a digital community of travellers.
Whoever says only IITans are start-up people, clearly haven’t met Michael. With an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics & an MBA in finance from ISB Hyderabad, Michael wanted to do something more than just a 9-5 job. Being a travel enthusiast, he wanted to follow his passion and create a job out of it. Luckily, he met Anirudh Gupta at IBS-H, someone with the same enthusiasm and big dreams.
The journey wasn’t typically a piece of cake for Michael. When you go down the road less travelled, there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. One such challenge for Michael was leaving his family business which he joined after his MBA. Leaving a full-fledged & well-settled business to run a start-up is never that simple. Taking a risk like that requires something much more than just passion—it requires confidence.
Fortunately, Michael was full of it and Anirudh, the other co-founder, was with him to start this new journey. “We felt that this (a travel journal) is something that someone should develop. Even if it’s not us, someone should,” said Michael in an interview with MensXP. Such was his passion towards travelling and building a platform to make information approachable to every travel enthusiast. Michael didn’t want to create something which was just focused on bookings and reviews. There is an abundance of such apps and websites.
He wanted to create something which would concentrate on the real user experience to help people plan their trip. “We owed it to ourselves to at least give it a shot. We set a date. We said let’s quit everything. We came to Delhi, took up a house and lived together. The first employees that we had all stayed with us.” That’s how Tripoto was born.
Tripoto is a medium which brings travellers across the world with their stories on a single platform. Launched in 2014, it provides recommendations about various places collected from travel enthusiasts like you and me. When the data is provided by users like us, we would know places actually are worth a visit. On this platform, travellers shares their experiences, itineraries, places visited and loved, places visited and not liked, places they stayed in, and everything about their trip. Tripoto helps them in creating their journal and the other users on the platform benefit by knowing their experiences and deciding where they should head next.
The app works like a diary for travellers, and it’s very simple to create content. If you switch on the app when you’re clicking photographs, all the images get geotagged and thus form an itinerary for the user. You can also add notes under every picture. And of course, it also maps every place that you travelled. When you’re done, Tripoto would compile the information and that chapter of your journal would be ready for you to see. You would be able to see your entire trip in one post. It’s up to you if you want to keep it private or share it with the rest of the users and help them plan their itineraries.
If a user decides to make his trip public, Tripoto would save his data for future recommendations. This Chatbot enabled app is quite user-friendly and quick. The app is for everyone, no matter if you are a gypsy-soul-solo-traveller or someone who has a joint family who travels together. You would get information based on your requirement.
Today, Tripoto has 18 million active users and is growing rapidly. Their growth is at 200% year on year! Started with a small team and a philosophy that everyone in the company should have personal growth, now Tripoto has a full-fledged team of enthusiastic and more importantly, happy employees. Michael always encouraged employees to deliver their best in the field which they like, asked them to keep working hard and trusted them with the execution of their plan. This approach has made the company and its employees grow significantly. “It is all about the people for us and I think going forward also we want to have not just a user-centric approach but also an employee friendly approach,” said Michael.
With 5 million unique visitors a month who are sharing 10 million photographs and creating 1 million itineraries, Tripoto is growing rapidly. For Michael, it was about trying to prove something and making something big, which he has successfully done!
If you are a travel enthusiast who love creating memories, do check out Tripoto. It’s available on the App Store & Play Store.