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101 Best New York City Travel Companies and Startups

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This article showcases our top picks for the best New York City based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top New York City Travel Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Wheels Up

Wheels Up

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Wheels Up is a membership-based private aviation company that focuses on reducing upfront cost to fly privately.

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BLADE is an application that provides short-distance flight management solutions to its clients.

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Away

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Away is a modern travel and lifestyle brand designed with thoughtful features that solve real travel problems

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Skift

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Skift is a travel intelligence media company that delivers news, data and services to its readers.

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Headout

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Headout is an on-demand mobile concierge helping travelers book the best local experiences for the next 24 hours at discounted prices.

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Life House

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Life House is creating a network of lifestyle hotels to make travel more meaningful and affordable, through a software-enabled platform.

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Theseus Pharmaceuticals

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Theseus Pharmaceuticals is a technology-based company.

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Mint House

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Mint House is a tech-enabled hotel company that provides a unique experience, offering the feel of a high-end hotel.

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Domio

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Domio is building branded apartment-hotels with a focus on group travelers.

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Selfbook

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Easiest way to pay for your hotel stay.

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OTG

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OTG Management is a operator of airport food and beverage concessions

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SELECT

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SELECT leverages technology and exclusive partnerships to transform credit and debit cards with rewards that actually improve your life.

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Rocketrip

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Rocketrip helps businesses reduce travel spend by incentivizing employees to save when they travel for business.

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DataArt

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DataArt is a global software engineering firm that takes a uniquely human approach to solve problems.

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Hip

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Hip is an app-based commuting solution that takes the daily commute from stressful to stress-free.

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Tentrr

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Tentrr is an online discovery platform that connects campers with private landowners.

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CrowdTwist

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CrowdTwist is an industry-leading provider of comprehensive multichannel loyalty and analytics solutions.

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Thrillist Media Group

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Thrillist Media Group is obsessed with helping guys live fun lives and reaches over 9 million of them across the globe, every single day.

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Roomer

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Roomer is the marketplace for hotel reservations

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Noken

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Noken is a tech-travel company for planning, booking, and guiding trips and makes traveling accessible and more fulfilling.

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HookLogic

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HookLogic provides closed-loop marketing for brand advertisers through its partnerships with leading retailers and travel companies.

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Journy

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Journy is a personalized travel planning service that pairs travelers 1-on-1 with their own personal trip designer.

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Abacus Labs

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Abacus is an intuitive way for you to reimburse your team, reconcile corporate cards, and implement your expense policy.

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Porter & Sail

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Porter & Sail offers flexible booking, exclusive savings and enriching experiences to travelers seeking community, connectivity and culture.

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Zuul

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Zuul strives to allow for smooth and seamless expansion, helping a brand achieve new revenue channels and customer acquisition.

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Paravel

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A perfect travel system designed for real life

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Zerve

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Zerve enables users to book tickets directly, online or over the phone, based on detailed info, customer reviews and real-time availability.

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Axon Therapies

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Develops a healthcare device with a neuromodulation approach to treat heart failure.

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Reposite

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Reposite is the all-in-one workspace to power the travel trade

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Sailo

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Sailo is an online marketplace for people who want to rent boats.

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Timeshifter

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The world’s first platform for circadian shifting. Our first product is a jet lag app.

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Xeniapp Inc

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Xeniapp is a cloud-native product that offers a fully vertical solution for travel industry professionals.

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Mr & Mrs Smith

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Mr & Mrs Smith is a hand-picked collection of the most special boutique hotels in the world.

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Skylark

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Skylark is a travel agency that allows clients to leverage technology when they want it and real people and expert advice when they need it.

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PSNGR1

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PSNGR1 is a software company that offers a smart travel management platform for businesses and travelers.

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Roam International

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Roam is a coliving and coworking community testing the boundaries between work, travel, and life adventure.

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PRIOR

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A luxury travel company & media brand with editorial, trips and events for curious travelers.

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Citymaps

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Citymaps is a social mapping community, building the world’s largest catalog of map collections, for every interest, all around the world.

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KOALA

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KOALA is a community-driven marketplace that enables timeshare owners to easily rent their unused time to anyone.

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OurBus

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OurBus is a travel and transportation platform that specializes in crowdsourced intercity and commuter bus routes.

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Buster

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Buster is a booking platform that makes booking charter travel easy, fun, and fast for buses, limos, and vans online.

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SPLT (Splitting Fares)

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SPLT is a carpooling platform that allows individuals to see their matches prior to accepting the rides and communicate in-app.

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Skedaddle

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Skedaddle is a flexible mass transportation network that reinvents mobility beyond city limits.

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TimeLooper

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TimeLooper revolutionizes museum and heritage site experiences through extended reality

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Skipper Hospitality

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Leverage technology to reduce operational costs, enhance guest experience, and improve distribution efficiency.

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Routehappy

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Routehappy is the product differentiation platform for air travel

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ViaHero

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ViaHero allows travelers to choose locals to plan their personalized trip.

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GateGuru

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GateGuru is a ‘day-of’ travel mobile app that enhances in-airport consumer experience by providing planning and booking services.

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SIXTY Hotels

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SIXTY Hotels is a hospitality company that provides luxury lodging services.

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UPJAUNT

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Travelers, professionals and businesses discover and connect around mutual interests and stories.

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VerbalizeIt

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VerbalizeIt delivers web, mobile, document and video language translation solutions to empower businesses to go global.

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Roomrs

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Roomrs is a hospitality company that designs thoughtful, furnished spaces for flexible timelines.

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Fly Louie

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Fly Louie solves inefficiencies in the air charter space, resulting in commercial-friendly pricing for passengers.

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Holidog

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Holidog specializes in the fields of pet sitting, pet boarding, pet walking, giftbox, pet media, and startups.

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Heli

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Travel Marketplace & Booking Software

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Strayboots

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Strayboots is a global provider of corporate team-building events, workplace activities, and organized company outings.

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SideTour

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SideTour provides a community marketplace enabling users to find and host activities such as tours, dine- outs and rides with other users.

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APT212

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APT212 is a New York City marketplace for Sales, New Developments, Rentals, Furnished Apartments, and Short Term Rentals.

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Arlo Skye

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Arlo Skye is a provider of online platform designed to offer trendy luggage accessories.

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Wander

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Wander is a multi-dimensional creative shop that produces award-winning work in TV and web commercials, short films and other media.

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iWeekender

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iWeekender- Event travel technology company, provides an event-centric personalized packages for individual travelers

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360 STORIES

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Reshaping the traditional touring experience by powering interactive Live Tours using real-time guides in VR and AR.

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Vacayo

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Vacayo leases longterm rentals and transforms them into beautiful, group-friendly vacation rentals.

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LookStyler

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LookStyler is a global platform for fashion tourism providing virtual and travel shopping experiences

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Amberjack

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Your gateway to the world’s best fishing guides, bass boats, deep sea charters, and remote fishing lodges. Book your next adventure today.

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BTC Trip

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BTC Trip is a travel agency of the cryptocurrencies communities, allowing users to travel with Bitcoins.

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Taazu

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Discover, Live, and Cherish Extraordinary Experiences!

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Space.com

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News coverage and conversation about space science, astronomy and exploration

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G-RO

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G-RO is the world’s first bag in a whole new category.

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FoodieTrip

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FoodieTrip is an online marketplace for people to list, discover, and book once in a lifetime culinary adventures.

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Project Expedition

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Project Expedition is a discovery and booking website for things to do in travel destinations around the world.

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ZAOZAO

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ZAOZAO is a web-based platform that connects emerging designers in Asia with shoppers around the world.

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Genius Pack

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Genius Pack offers innovative luggage, suitcases, and travel products.

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goBaby

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The Airbnb for baby gear rentals.

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Cityglobe

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Cityglobe is a resource portal that helps location-seeking companies meet investment-seeking cities.

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American Express Global Business Travel

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American Express Global Business Travel provides end-to-end corporate travel and meetings program management.

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TWIP – Travel With Interesting People

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We connect people to experiences, activities and travelers based on your travel personality.

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Beewake

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Beewake is building a plateform that helps companies to manager their remote employees

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ECOJETS

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ECOJETS is above and beyond your standard private jet charter service.

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Walc

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Walc empowers exploration on foot.

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BookBuses

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BookBuses is the easiest way to search and find the right coachbus in the US.

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NightOwl

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Personalized, real-time local search for bars and other drinking spots. NightOwl is creating a living map of nightlife worldwide.

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LastSeat Inc.

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NOW LIVE ON APP STORE LastSeat is a mobile app that enables its users to place bids on airline tickets.

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PierShare

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PierShare is an online platform that allows boaters to discover unique, new places to dock their boats.

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Blay

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Mobile App. Blay creates a social innovated travel experience.

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Fareportal

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Fareportal is a leading travel technology company that operates a number of websites which serve customers both online and with telephone

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WiFi Map

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WiFi Map is the largest Wi-Fi community in the World!

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Space Angels

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Your access to smart space investing starts here.

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Waitron

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Waitron connects pools of qualified hospitality workers to businesses that want to book their skills.

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WeHostels

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WeHostels mission is to increase unity in the world by empowering youth to travel and to connect with and learn from others.

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CitySpade

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Apartment search + tenant reviews (Glassdoor for apartments)

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GayStay

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GayStay is a homesharing company for the LGBTQ community.

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BookaLokal

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BookaLokal is a marketplace for group dining experiences.

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Beautini

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Beautini is a luxury on-demand beauty service company that provides a fun and enjoyable experience to groups of women.

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SkyGuru

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SkyGuru provides real-time explanation of what and why happens and what to expect during your flight.

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Kolu

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Kolu is a mobile application that brings tourists together with local tour guides based on three interests.

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Paradine

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A Paradigm Shift for the Business Traveler

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PD-1 Acquisition Group

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PD-1 Acquisition Group is a Technology based company.

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Travelzoo

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Travelzoo, a global Internet media company, publishes the best travel and leisure deals to more than 27 million subscribers worldwide.

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Shop the Creative

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Shop the Creative is a Technology based company.

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides subway, bus, and commuter railroad transportation services to customers with disabilities.

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