Vayable is a peer-to-peer platform that matches travelers with local insiders who can create, book, and host unique and personalized travel experiences for them.
Though originally San Francisco-based, the startup’s new headquarters take the form of a pop-up office, which first moved to Paris and now resides in New York City.
The ‘pop-up headquarters’ approach helps keep the team focused on the wants and needs of their global audience and also helps them experience different cultures — which is something that the company aims to do for their users.
“Changing the environment around us allows us to cohere more as a team,” explains founder and CEO Jamie Wong. “We’re all very laser-focused on our product and goal, and meeting our community in person in our key markets has upped our excitement for what we’re doing here.”
For the whole month of October, the startup was set up in Paris, their biggest market worldwide. This month the company has moved their pop-up office to New York City, which is their biggest market in the US. The new pop-up headquarters is located at Soho co-working space Fueled Collective. The company will be hosting community events to get to know its customers more.
Vayable’s mission is to help people immerse themselves in unique experiences when they travel and they are able to do this with the help of Vayable Insiders, locals who are knowledgeable about the places. Having a pop-up office helps the company live their mission.
“We go on as many Vayable experiences as we can while in town,” says Wong. “We’re also hosting community events, and we wrapped up our time in Paris with a demo day where Insiders could offer ideas about our product.”
Founded in 2011, Vayable has over 5,000 pre-screened Insiders in over 500 destinations. The company is funded by Silicon Valley’s top angel investors, including Y-Combinator, SV Angel, Youniversity Ventures and CrunchFund.