Another One Bites The Dust

Posted in New by Harsha on August 25, 2008

The TechCrunch Deadpool is a great read. This one is about TripHub. Doesn’t their blog post sound just like stuff we heard from Web 1.0???

“Certainly we made mistakes, and unfortunately we were impacted by factors beyond our control including the current economic environment and state of the travel industry. We came close to realizing a different outcome for our venture but, as the saying goes, close doesn’t count. At the end of the day, despite a well-received, market-leading product and early success with strategic partners such as Orbitz and Alaska Airlines, we simply ran out of money to continue executing on our vision.”

(quote from TechCrunch).

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  1. Adam said, on August 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    We launched the day before TripHub’s announcement. TravelMob will have the same core functionality, which is to give people a trip homepage, and manage RSVPs.

    Here’s why we feel TravelMob will make it where TripHub didn’t.

    -Integrated search and booking of air, hotel, car, and tours. We’ve baked this into the core of the site. Anytime you book a hotel, flight, or car through us, it goes into your trip’s itinerary. If a friend on the trip want’s to book the same flight or stay at the same hotel, there’s a “Fly with Me” or “Book Here” button next to your itinerary.

    – Improved UI. We’ve really focused on making it easier to organize your slacker friends for a vacation. 100s of hours of real world testing on our slacker friends have paid off!

    – Newsfeed. We’ve got a Facebook style newsfeed which keeps you updated on what people have booked, RSVPs, picture uploads, etc.

    – Facebook/Open Social integration. In the coming months, we’ll be extending TravelMob to the FaceBook and Open Social platforms. You’ll be able to create a trip, invite friends, RSVP, from our site or your favorite social network.

    – We walk the walk. Half of our team will be on the road taking an around the world trip starting in October. They’ll be using the site to plan, and will be blogging from the road.

    You can see screenshots here…..esentation

    Let me know what you think of the site,

  2. Kiran said, on August 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Irrespective of Web 1.0/2.0 or the next gen web apps, there will always be startups that try, fail and close doors. You don’t get innovation without failures.

  3. Harsha said, on August 28, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Kiran, thank you for the comment. Of course, innovation comes from such failures. I have never heard of TripHub but what sparked by interest from the TechCrunch post was the tone/reason. Despite a “well-received”, “market-leading product” with “early success with strategic partners” they flunked. So either their product did not have those characteristics, or they were/are overstating it’s value. Innovation is hard to quantify and it could come in small packages as well – I took an exception to the whine which was reminiscent of web 1.0. Looks like their reason to fail was pretty much the same as what happened during the hype, which means they had a useless product/service to begin with. Look at the other comment by and see the reasons why they think they’ll succeed. What do you think those remind you of?

    Thanks for keeping the discussion alive! Have a great day!

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