Another victory for Silicon Roundabout: The travel social network Dopplr just announced funding with list of backers that reads like a who’s who of the tech world. Could this be the most star-studded investment announcement to date?
Rather boringly, Dopplr aren’t saying how much this latest round has raised, but said the investment will be used for expanding the service outside Europe.
And those investors include: Esther Dyson, Thomas Glocer, Joshua Schachter, Azemn Azhar, Yat Siu, Aditya dev Sood, Lars Hinrichs, Brian Behlendorf, Daniel Sachs, Joshua Cooper Ramo and Kim Weckström. Investors in the first round included Reid Hoffman, Joichi Ito and Martin Varsavsky – and Saul Klein invested in both.
If LinkedIn has nailed the corporate in-the-office thing, Dopplr has nailed the aspirational out-of-office traveller. The partnership potential is huge here; the partnership with lifestyle title Monocle (Tyler Brûlé is another backer) give Dopplr scope to, according to Brûlé, “improve the travel experience for all by engaging in discussions with not only our members but also travel brands and government agencies seeking informed opinions”.
Dopplr users span 160 countries and average 10 trips each per year, so this is high-end userbase. The top five destinations are London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin so no big surprises there.
My aggravation has been that I tend to go to more obscure places, and Dopplr doesn’t ‘learn’ – or won’t listen. That said, I complained that Lundy wasn’t listed (I wasn’t looking for the one in Haiti) and they added it, so perhaps they do listen after all. Perhaps it could start suggesting where I might like to go, based on my history. I’ve got two weeks’ holiday in October…