Gtrot grabs funding, comes out of beta
The company [TLabs Showcase – Gtrot] is the brainchild of a group of Harvard and New York University graduates and works by allowing users to share travel plans, experiences and advice with friends on other social networks.
Initial seed capital via the Harvard i3 compeition was used to get the company off the ground, as well as additional funding through friends and family.
The new investment round from Lightbank is undisclosed but believed to be in the region of $1 million.
Gtrot originally launched (in true Facebook fashion) to four Ivy League campuses in 2010 to coincide with the spring break holiday and has since been expanded to all Facebook users.
Part of coming out of beta coincides with the launch of a new service called Gtrot Deals, a messaging system that contains local deals and offers for the user’s upcoming destination.
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He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - in 2015.