Exponential growthThe company is seeking fresh capital to fund its exponential growth, it confirms in the Dutch newspaper Het Parool (in Dutch). In the past four years, TravelBird has been expanding to 17 countries across Europe and its customer base has grown substantially. In the past year, the company has helped three times as many travellers as in 2013, according to Het Parool. Founder Symen Jansma tells the paper that he expects his company to grow even faster in 2015 and aims to expand outside Europe to a number of countries, including Brazil. Just like its customer base, the number of TravelBird employees has grown exponentially, too. A year ago, TravelBird had about 100 employees. Today, TravelBird operates with a staff of over 500 enthusiastic and international ‘Birdies, out of a large office on the Keizersgracht in the heart of Amsterdam.
Promising startupsTravelBird is one of the many promising startups in Amsterdam that have managed to secure a sizable amount of funding. Recently, payment startup Adyen secured 250 million dollars (around 215 million Euros) in funding from investors, who valued the company at 1.3 billion Euros. TravelBird has managed to attract the interest of the famous Samwer brothers from Germany (known for Zalando), who came on board as TravelBird’s first investors. The second investment round is expected to start in the spring of 2015.
Hotbed for startupsThe news reflects the reputation of Amsterdam as a hotspot for promising startups and talented app developers. Dom Sagolla, one of the co-founders of Twitter, has praised Amsterdam for creating a great culture for app makers. He noted the excellent ecosystem for software development in Amsterdam, mentioning the weekly networking opportunities, great contacts with Silicon Valley, the lifestyle of cycling and the fearlessness of developers here. Many other renowned entrepreneurs have described how the socially progressive attitudes in the Netherlands contribute to Amsterdam’s position as one of Europe’s hottest digital capitals.
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