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Polarsteps raises €900,000 for recruitment drive and product development

Polarsteps, an app for tracking trips, has raised €900,000 in funding from Netherlands based investors.

The Amsterdam-grown company, (Startup pitch here), says it plans to use the funds to recruit engineers and further develop its service.

The app helps travellers plot their trip by checking their location as they go.

It plots the results on a map enabling family and friends to follow trips and can also include photos and statistics, such as trip duration, to create a fuller travel log.

Polarsteps raised €500,000 in funding in March 2016.

According to CEO and co-founder Koen Droste, the Polarsteps community now numbers 200,000.

He says the company wants to turn its attention to trip inspiration and planning and combine “travel planning, tracking and remembering into one unified experience.”

“The next travel giant will be the company that is able to create a unified experience that offers value before, during and after the trip. Travellers are now using Polarsteps to track their current and past trips, however they’re asking us to also make it possible to plan what’s next.

We believe this is a very logical step for us to take, and in the coming year we’ll start to help them with dreaming and planning their next vacation.”

He says features such as trip itineraries and smart recommendations are part of the plan.

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About the Writer :: Linda Fox

Linda Fox is managing editor for Tnooz. For the past decade years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine.

In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies.

Prior to her freelance career she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.

 

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