Teleporting is a D2C and B2C travel ecosystem enclosed in an easy-to-use mobile application
Please introduce yourself and your startup Teleporting to our readers!
Hi! My name is Ilya Rouss. I’m the founder and CEO of Teleporting, an experience-seeking marketplace that connects people with travel companies and amusement and travel providers. Basically, Teleporting is a D2C and B2C travel ecosystem enclosed in an easy-to-use mobile application.
We are on a mission to refine the way people experience traveling and help travel businesses to reach their audiences more efficiently. At Teleporting we understand both requests and desires of modern travelers and needs and aspirations of those who work for them within the travel industry.
How did you get the idea of Teleporting?
I enjoy traveling greatly and I’m glad to see that the global travel industry has started to recover after the pandemic. However, researchers say that now, after a long break, people are reconsidering the way they travel and seek unique experiences, non-mainstream locations, and exclusive tours.
We want to address these challenges. Our aim is to elevate traveling experience in order to meet the unmet expectations of millenials and Gen Z. At the same time we are eager to help travel businesses evolve, reach their audience and restore their gains.
Why did you decide to start with Teleporting?
You see, I’m a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in tech, sports marketing, computer production, and the automotive industry. For me it’s natural to find solutions to problems in the tech field and be constantly looking for business opportunities. Since I travel a lot myself and coincidently can look at the travel industry as an entrepreneur, I’ve eventually started to think of solutions to improve the current climate in the global travel industry.
Also, I’m a partner at Xplusone APP, a company that develops mobile applications for curated marketplaces in various verticals. So it’s no wonder that we are creating a marketplace since we know very well how to do it. Teleporting is basically a combination of my interests, experiences, and expertise.
What is the vision behind Teleporting?
I believe that it’s time for the travel industry to move further in its digitalization. Teleport is designed exactly for this purpose. It’s an innovative one-stop shop for experience seekers that connects all stakeholders of the travel market.
We want to give travelers the opportunity to easily find the most exciting experiences that suit their interests and desires and share them with other like-minded people. For instance, on Teleporting you can invite friends to join your adventure or easily connect with the people you meet through the traveling experiences that you book in our app.
How difficult was the start and what challenges did you have to overcome?
Kicking off a startup isn’t easy. Even more so, if you’ve failed before. It takes money and time, and then even more money and more time. However, nowadays we are lucky enough that we don’t have to create things out of thin air. There’s plenty of useful tools out there and access to knowledge. It helps a lot to overcome obstacles but, of course, it’s still you who have to do it. So, before becoming a risk-taker, make sure that you love what you do and are surrounded by self-motivated people who are in love with the project.
Who is your target audience?
With Teleporting we want to help all members of the traveling ecosystem from tourists to tour agencies, from property owners to service providers. However, if we dive deeper into the travelers’ target group, I’d say we aim at modern experience seekers with steady incomes and remote work that allows them to travel freely around the world. Mostly, they are millennials and Gen Z.
What is the USP of your startup?
Teleporting is a centralized platform uniting all participants of the traveling ecosystem. It’s easy to use and beneficial for all stakeholders because it gives all parties what they need.
For digital nomads, hardcore travelers, and relaxed tourists it grants access to unique traveling experiences, unusual venues, and networking with like-spirited people. We, actually, moderate all content and curate our suppliers to ensure that our users have access to the highest quality adventures. Our platform receives multiple unique offers from the tourism, education and entertainment industries permanently.
For travel providers it gives them the tools to reach their audience and understand it better, thus increasing awareness and revenue. Teleporting enables them to sell and up-sell across the platform, and do advanced analytics.
Can you describe your typical workday?
I wake up at 5:30 a.m. unless there’s a trip affecting that. Then I take a cold shower and meditate for 20 minutes. Doing this helps me to stay aware and focused during the day. After that I cook breakfast with my wife and my kid, and it’s one of our favorite family rituals. When I’m home, I try to take my son to school. I usually have a cup of black tea around 9:30 a.m. and after that I entirely concentrate on the work process.
My team and I use Telegram chats to coordinate main tasks, so, it’s one of my primary tools plus Google Meet and a Moleskine, of course. Most of the time I trust my team to make decisions under their criteria but, if they struggle with something, we make sure that we are on the same page. A short sync call usually helps. We work from four different time zones and have no strict working hours. This way it feels like we never stop.
Where do you see yourself and your startup Teleporting in five years?
I definitely see Teleporting as the leading ecosystem and tool for experience creators, educators, and professionals who want to share their knowledge. I feel like there are a lot of things that have been created in the last decade to separate people in real life. I don’t think we should live like that, I believe that we can have a better future.
What three tips would you give to founders?
Surround yourself with a team of passionate and professional people – you’ll be able to help each other overcome fears and doubts. Stay healthy both mentally and physically. Make sure you do what you love because it guarantees that even the hardest work feels easy and enjoyable.
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