Aaron Gowell, Co-founder and CEO
How I Got Here is a weekly podcast from PhocusWire and Mozio, getting the inside stories behind innovation and startups in travel and transportation.
PhocusWire's Kevin May and David Litwak from Mozio sit down with Aaron Gowell, co-founder and CEO at SilverRail Technologies, in the second episode.
SilverRail Technologies was created with a vision to bring the same level of distribution technology to train bookings as had been seen in aviation decades before.
Essentially, a global distribution system for rail.
This is how the business started out in 2008 but it expanded physically (with offices dotted around the world) and strategically over time.
Like many other travel startups, it had a consumer-facing play in the shape of Quno but this was discontinued within a few years.
The company raised, some would say, a modest $69 million over the course of four rounds, in a bid to push its rail ticketing and train operator distribution platform.
It later went on to secure a number of deals with online travel agencies to power their rail booking platforms - one being Expedia which, in 2017, took the company under its wing.
Aaron Gowell, one of its co-founders, is an outspoken and realistic CEO who knows the challenges of any business trying to tackle the complex world of rail technology.
In this episode of the podcast, Gowell covers everything from his career in the military, swapping ideas with the CEO of SilverRail's eventual owner, when and when not to raise money, rejections from investors and lots more.
HIGH is a weekly show produced by PhocusWire and Mozio, aimed at getting the inside stories behind startups and innovation in travel and transportation.
It's hosted by our editor in chief Kevin May and Mozio co-founder and CEO David Litwak.
A full transcript and additional analysis in 5+ languages is available on Mozio.com/move.
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How I Got Here, episode 2 - Aaron Gowell of SilverRail Technologies