29 Nov GuideHop Launches P2P Marketplace for Activities, Co-Founded by Former Dallas Cowboy
Give us the 30-second elevator pitch for GuideHop
GuideHop is essentially a peer to peer marketplace for tours and guided activities. Anyone with exceptional knowledge of a place or particular hobby can sign up as a guide and post their tours.
They are free to set their own price and cancelation policy, accept or decline bookings, and learn about customers through their profiles. We even give them to the tools to easily get the word out about their tours through Facebook and Twitter.
Customers browse through a range activities in their city to see which unexpected new experience will grab their interest. With photographs, videos, written descriptions, and reviews from other customers, they can get a clear sense of what they’ll be embarking on. Once they have an excursion picked out, all they have to do is request a time.
Payments are made quickly, easily, and securely online, so all that’s left to do is have a great time exploring with a nifty local guide.
Tell us about the founders, who they are, backgrounds, and why they are passionate about your company
We’re a group of travelers, adventure-seekers, techies,Jackalope lovers, and one Pro Footballer, who are trying to open the door to alternatives from the mundane ways we are expected to explore a new place.
Ryan Schmitz – Co-Founder / CEO – A mountain biker, traveler, and business owner whose entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for adventure are hardly distinguishable.
Darren Woodson – Co-Founder -Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection. Darren joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2005. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year.
Jeremy Roberts – Co-Founder / CMO – Our Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, and Marketing expert single-handedly guides us through the unforgiving seas of social media and user acquisition to reel in the world’s coolest guides.
T. Grove – CTO – As elusive as the mythical jackalope, T. Grove prefers to fly under the radar. A part of the computer underground scene for years, Mr. Grove has been played a major part in building and creating some of the coolest new technologies and websites for Fortune 500 companies.
Clay Teller – Lead Designer – Clay is responsible for the overall look and feel of Guidehop. He can typically be found at 4am in an Austin coffee shop wearing a t-shirt with a jackalope on it.
Aaron Bell – Aaron is Austin’s Top Hop (Community Manager). He is an expert on Austin’s outdoor offerings and is willing to give you the keys to his city.
Do you have funding? How much?
We are entirely self-funded so far.
What are your startup’s goals for this year?
As word spreads about the site, more guides bring their unique interests and activities to the public, and more customers realize just how easy it is to fill their spare time with new adventures. We expect bookings to increase steadily.