TripSay, the Finnish social travel startup, that I’ve covered a few times before has opened up to public beta. The company has done good PR work, since the launch is covered – among others – in two of the biggest startup blogs TechCrunch and Mashable. The launch story also made it onto Techmeme.
Overall the launch has gotten quite a lot of nice publicity. Most of the reviews have been positive, although some have questioned the business models of social travel sites in general, which was not a problem back in January when I did in my first post about Tripsay (It was called Vailoma back then).
Anyway, Congratulations to Leo and Juha and the rest of the TripSay team for the launch. Too bad I’ll miss the launch party tomorrow. Also remember that the work has just started.
See what other people are talking about the Tripsay launch:
Finnish travel startup Vailoma is now called TripSay. The service itself hasn’t changed much besides new fancier web2.0 graphics, which are probably the outcome of the investment by Valve Branding in January. (Valve is one of the leading digital agencies in Finland who also contributed to the success of Jaiku.) TripSay is still a travel planning tool that helps to organize information related to to trips. The information is both aggregated from around the web and user generated.
The new name and graphics will surely help Tripsay, which is currently in private beta, in their efforts to create a successful travel service.
A new Finnish startup Scred (short for street credit) is a new community finance tool thet strives to keep friends happy with each other by tracking debts and shared expenses. This is another Finnish online service that has been built from a need of frequent travellers. (Others being Vailoma and Dopplr.)
Two notable startups from Finland are built around travel. Dopplr is a niche social networking service where you post and share your travels, and the newcomer Vailoma is a tool for organizing information about your trips.
Here is a comparison of the two travel-related Finnish startups.