Location: 75 FOLSOM ST APT 904, San Francisco, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2013
Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 1-5
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Awards and mentions
Nominated as among top-5 travel startups to watch for smarter trip planning


San Francisco, California, United States United States
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Company description

Chalo makes travel planning easier by providing easy-to-create and fun-to-follow trip summaries captured in a sequence of activities as experienced by real travelers. 

 While travel is fun, travel planning is time-consuming and a painstakingly exhausting task. Most travel planning resources suggest a list of top 25 "things to do" at a destination. Resources such as tripadvisor's user generated trip reports offer richer information, but they are often buried inside long drawn-out prose. Chalo provides trip summaries that are concise, beautifully organized, and have sequential and spatial contexts to a trip plan. Our vision is to provide personalized automated trip itineraries to travelers based on the experiences shared by Chalo members 


Business model

There are three ways we plan to make money (Please refer to pitch deck for detailed financial model): 

1. Native Advertising - Promoted trip and in-trip activities:

2. Online Advertising – Highly targeted CPC based text advertising and/or CPM based display advertising.  

3. Lead generation - Our trip summaries have structured activities, which are easily recognizable, and a prime candidate for referral revenue 


Competitive advantage

* Enjoying a travel destination is not about 25 things to do, it is how you do it. Chalo provides trip summaries organized in a beautiful and optimal sequence of activities that can be enjoyed by users at a new destination. This is absolutely unique and almost completely eliminates the task of trip-planning, which usually takes hours today.

* Our service will be free of cost to consumers and we intend to make money via advertising and lead-generation. Travel is a high margin business, and with digital ad spend in this area growing at 16% annually it is on track to become a $5B industry in US alone over next 3 years. Travel planning still have many challenges and with Chalo's simply yet innovative approach we hope to take a fair share of market in this space.