On-Demand Helicopter Services Are Ready to Take Off

Posted by Kunal Shah on Mon, Oct 21, 2019

This article originally was published on Forbes.com.

Hate sitting in traffic to and from the airport? Just order your own helicopter! On-demand helicopter services such as Voom, Uber Copter and Blade offer flights in some U.S. cities for the relatively affordable cost of about $200-$300, booked via an app or online.


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B2B Is the Place to Be! (Part 2)

Posted by Kunal Shah on Tue, Mar 01, 2016

I spent my last few blogs describing Why Uber and Airbnb Are About to Hit the Jackpot … Again! and that B2B Is the Place to Be! Only a small share of travel startups deliberately focus on the B-to-B segment, and although I understand some of their rationale for not targeting this audience, I still believe that there is great opportunity in this area waiting to be captured—and a distinct need for innovation.


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B2B Is the Place to Be! Part 1

Posted by Kunal Shah on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled “Why Uber and Airbnb are About to Hit the Jackpot … Again! The rationale behind my prophecy was Uber’s and Airbnb’s recent entry into a very lucrative corporate travel market—key word being “lucrative.” Not only is this segment huge (U.S. revenue of $1.2 trillion worldwide and $275 billion in 20141), but also the quality of that revenue and the relative inelasticity of the segment makes most travel companies drool! As a result, you would think the travel startup world would be licking their chops and be flooded with companies focused on serving this segment right?


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Why Uber and Airbnb Are About to Hit the Jackpot … Again!

Posted by Kunal Shah on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

You can’t seem to get through one travel industry meeting without hearing the words “Uber” and “Airbnb.” In fact, at this year’s GBTA Convention, execs from both Uber and Airbnb presented before more than 6,000 attendees. And they certainly have earned their spots at the speaker’s podium. This year, Uber was valued at $50 billion, besting companies like FedEx and DIRECTV. Valued at $20 billion, Airbnb is boasting similar financial success and now ranks third among its hospitality competitors, very closely behind Hilton and Marriott, with respective values of $28 billion and $23 billion. These are staggering figures compared to any company in any industry at any stage! But what if I told you that both companies can still look forward to huge potential revenue and margin upside from the most attractive segment of all! From where, you wonder? The answer is simple – corporate travel.


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