Today's Entrepreneur: David Urmann

Kristin Karaoglu · January 13, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Getting too excited and not thinking through everything carefully

Today's Entrepreneur is David Urmann and is the CEO of Tourist Link. According to his VEQ David is a thought leader and is good at product management and project development.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
GotripIndia, SaltLakeSMS

Startups I worked for:

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I'm bursting with ideas!

My favorite startups:
Hipmunk, Airbnb, Peakery

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The most rewarding thing is that you can bring your big ideas to life. Plus you get the opportunity to bring a great team together and get them focused on a single purpose so that everyone shares the same idea and works passionately toward it. The frustration is sometimes covering all the details and making sure that they are all delegated and effectively communicated.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Getting too excited and not thinking through everything carefully. Startups only have a limited amount of resources so getting distracted can be a killer.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Focus on the most critical aspects of the main task. Make communication a priority for the team as its easy to assume that everyone sees things on the same path. Make sure your idea is big enough.

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Social Media is fundamentally changing the way people travel. The meteoric growth of sharing and collaborative consumption in travel is fueled by a desire to interact with locals and experience cultures firsthand. We envision Touristlink as the world’s largest online community of frequent travelers, locals and small travel providers.

Touristlink is now one of the fastest growing “big” social travel sites. We expect to grow our member base from 30,000 today to 300,000 in the next 8 months. The number of daily active users has grown close to 100% month/month during the last 5 months.

Touristlink lets travelers connect with each other and with locals for tours, transport, cultural, language exchanges, friendships and more. Members posting trip plans and are matched with other travelers and locals based on shared itineraries and interests. Given the current traction we feel we have cracked a model that marries personalized travel itineraries and relevant local social content.



David Urmann

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Founder of a social network that lets travelers connect with each other and with locals for tours, transport, cultural, language exchanges, friendships and more.