GateGuru grabs first funding round, swings into Android
Global mobile airport guide and information platform GateGuru captured its first tranche of external funding today, securing $800,000 from a string of angel investors.
The startup [TLabs Showcase – GateGuru] raised part of the round through Brad Harrison (BHVentures), Allen Morgan, Chamath Palihapitiya (Embarcadero Ventures), Tom Glocer, (CEO, Thomson Reuters), Thomas Lehrman and Matt Daimler (SeatGuru founder), as well the Angellist fund.
Coinciding with the funding announcement is news that the GateGuru service will now be available on Android devices alongside the original iPhone application.
GateGuru CEO Dan Gellert says the move into the Android marketplace was “imperative” given the rise of the Google-led smartphone operating system and was something potential users had called for since the company’s launch in 2009.
Covering 125 airports worldwide, GateGuru has also attracted 25,000 reviews and tips from fellow users.
Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career 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 Depeche Mode - in early-2017.