Left, the easiest way to plan group travel, closes Pre-Seed round.
Los Angeles based travel tech startup, Left, introduces all in one group travel software.
Left has built the easiest way to coordinate travel with the first all in one software for group travel organizations. Shayanne Wright, Founder and CEO, has announced the successful completion of their pre-seed round. The company looks to use its funding to fuel growth in product development, expanding its sales and marketing team, and strengthening infrastructure to ensure scalability.
From a very young age, Shayanne Wright, 21 year old CEO & Founder of Left, loved to travel. However, growing up her family couldn’t afford to travel regularly so she took advantage of multiple volunteer opportunities with her schools, non-profits, and churches. After interning with a software company in San Francisco, Shayanne realized how Group Travel Organizations had unsuccessfully managed trips as she remembered walking around foreign countries with nothing more than paper packets. This inspired her to create Left while in college. After participating in a University pitch competition, where she competed against Jordan Boudreau, now Technical Lead at Left, she closed their first customers. Once the company started gaining traction, she dropped out of school to pursue the venture full time.
Over the last two years, the Left team has worked on developing prototypes and researching solutions through the esteemed European Innovation Academy and Women’s Startup Lab in Silicon Valley. Using market research and potential customer feedback, Left developed domain expertise in the travel tech space and transitioned out of its successful beta to launch its latest software. Due to additional interest, Left has extended its pre-seed round after recently graduating from Quake Capital’s accelerator.
So what exactly does Left do for customers?
Left offers the first end to end platform for an entire group travel organizations’ workflow. Left is replacing outdated travel organization tools and eliminating heavy lifting for directors and coordinators with travel organizations.
With the web application, coordinators can manage all of an organization’s trips from one place. This includes setting itineraries, inviting previous travelers or allowing new travelers to sign up easily, while managing communications across multiple trips. Then, travelers can access trip information such as itinerary and emergency information through the custom branded mobile application. Through their mobile app, travelers can use features like language translator, GPS, and group chat all while offline. Organizations can even archive and reuse past trips to save time and money with Left’s database. With these three components, Left is equipping coordinators with an all encompassing platform for group travel.
Client segments that use Left consist of travel organizations of all kinds. The most common customers include organizations such as corporations, schools, churches, travel agencies, sports teams, and NGO’s. Whether you’re looking to plan a company retreat, organize a study abroad program, or arrange a trip to the state championship, Left’s software is there to help you pursue group travel simply and efficiently.
In the past few years, the $7 trillion dollar travel tech industry has been rapidly growing, with 65 acquisitions in 2017 alone. Companies that deal in the realm of intelligence based innovation, B2B software and actionable analytics have fared extremely well and consisted of a large percentage of recent travel tech acquisitions. With Left serving a large and growing yet underserved market within the travel tech industry (group travel), they generate large appeal from investors that are looking to have a stake in this lucrative industry.
As of now, Left’s pre-seed investors include, the 1517 fund: a venture capital firm that invests in young leaders that find success outside tracked institutions, Quake Venture Capital: a Santa Monica based accelerator that help advance early stage companies, Caitlin Wege from Moodoos Investments: an investment fund that help early stage companies become market leaders, and Shao-Hua Nick Wu: CEO of n3xtcon and prominent angel investor focused on tech ventures. Investors have shown genuine satisfaction with the progress that Left has made and are very pleased with the Left team.
“Shayanne is a strong leader with industry knowledge and insider personal experience. I believe she is developing tools that directly mirror the industry’s needs and taking them a step further by making them accessible, and easy to adopt. The travel industry has been indisputably growing and we are in the second wave of travel tech development. LEFT is in the right place at the right time,” said Caitlin Wege from MooDoos Investments.
In April, investors from the 1517 fund praised Left’s product in a piece that they wrote saying,
“Left takes the logistical hassle out of group travel (think church groups, school groups, and organizations running travel programs). Instead of having to track and coordinate flights between flight-tracking apps, follow travelers between different messaging apps, and store emergency information and itineraries between Dropbox, Google Drive, and physical papers, everything comes together in a secure, easy-to-use, and automated web or mobile interface.” For the full piece.
With all the traction and attention that the company has had in its earlier stages, it seems like Left is on the right track to becoming a leader in the travel tech industry.
Left is a Los Angeles based tech startup building the easiest way to plan group travel.
For more information, visit https://www.travel-left.com/.
For investors or customers: email: shayanne @ travel-left.com