Naren Shaam, Founder and CEO at Omio
How I Got Here is a weekly podcast from PhocusWire and Mozio, getting the inside stories behind innovation and startups in travel and transportation.
The architect behind Omio (formerly GoEuro) talks to David Litwak and Kevin May for the latest episode.
It took a fairly long time, at least in internet years, for the next wave of travel tools to hit the market.
There is a lot more to a trip than a flight and a hotel, especially when an entire trip is considered, yet the established online travel agencies and metasearch engines steered away from trying to connect all the elements of a journey.
Getting reliable, technical access to inventory from rail and bus services may have been the trigger in the late-2000s, when the first brands emerged that attempted to connect the dots.
Door-to-door, multi-modal - a number of terms have been used over the years since.
One of the brands that has emerged through the startup landscape in this area is Omio, which was formed in 2012 under its original name of GoEuro.
Under its founder and CEO Naran Shaam, Omio has quietly grown from its base in Germany to become the largest-funded of the multi-modal online travel brands.
Almost $300 million in investment has given it the chance to make some major strategic decisions at the right time, including switching to an online travel agency model and go all in on mobile.
Shaam joins us for episode six of How I Got Here.
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How I Got Here, episode 6 - Naren Shaam of Omio
How I Got Here
This is a weekly podcast from PhocusWire and Mozio, getting the inside stories behind innovation and startups in travel and transportation.