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|Founded||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (July 2011 )|
James Fisher, CEO
Number of employees
Roadtrippers is a web based software application that helps travelers plan road trips. The application road trip planner calculates approximate trip mileage, travel time, and fuel cost. The software lets users discover independently owned points of interest anywhere in the United States, within 50 miles of a planned trip. Once a trip is saved, it can be synced to the Roadtrippers iPhone app, for turn-by-turn navigation, and further local discovery while on the road. Since 2011, the team at Roadtrippers have worked on securing investments and growing the business. Co-founders, James Fisher and Tatiana Parent, founded Roadtrippers. The headquarters are in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Roadtrippers co-founder James Fisher grew up traveling. His family ran a safari company in Africa. His fellow co-founder, Tatiana Parent, shares his passion for travel, having traveled the USA extensively herself.
Fisher and Parent brainstormed the idea of Roadtrippers in 2010. They were frustrated with the lack of useful travel resources. Particularly for finding independent places to visit, and syncing travel advice with navigation. This frustration led them to create Roadtrippers.
Fisher and Parent moved from Great Britain in 2011 to focus on their company. In July 2011, The Brandery, a Cincinnati based startup accelerator, accepted Roadtrippers into its program. The Brandery's aim is to helps new businesses with securing funding, gaining mentors, and networking with business professionals.
Since its 2011 inception, Roadtrippers has grown to a team of 8 full-time employees added 3 members to its team: developer John Lauck, software engineer Andrew Fickas, and marketing and outreach specialist Brandon Hite. The company has 2 interns on staff, as well as a mentor network of more than 20 top travel writers. Roadtrippers founded its official website in August 2011 The website officially launched in July 2012. The iPhone app launched as Gizmodo app of the day on Nov 19th, 2012.
Through 2012, the company secured $500,000 in venture funding from CincyTech, Vine St. Ventures, Ludlow Ventures and a number of angel investors. Fisher is looking to secure approximately $600,000 in order to stay in the Cincinnati area. In June 2012, the company launched a public beta version of its application. The application allowed use of the unpolished software in order to gain feedback for the website's full release. The Roadtrippers team expanded the company outside of the United States to Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel. While the application allows for route planning, fuel cost estimation, and unique sightseeing, Fisher and Parent want more. As of September 2012, the Roadtrippers team was building features to enable hotel booking via the application. On November 19, 2012, after working with app developer Forest Giant, Roadtrippers released a companion iPhone app. In December 2012, Roadtrippers reached 1 million monthly users. In August 2013, the company received a $2.5 million investment from Drive Capital for expansion.
The Roadtrippers application lets travelers plan trips, calculate time and gas expense, and choose from over 50,000 independent locations in the United States to visit. The application used to heavily rely on Google Maps API, but has since moved to MapBox. Users can plan their routes and select interests from categories and sub-categories within 10–50 miles of the main route. The areas of interest are then displayed on the map, and the mileage and gas costs are recalculated.
The application offers a "bucket list" (locations of interest to be saved for future use), a blog, and a save option for planned trips. The save option can be used with a free Roadtrippers account.
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