178 | Connecting Travel Startup Founders, Investors and Corporations with John Matson


John Matson is the Managing Director of Voyager HQ, a club bringing together startup founders, corporate partners, and investors in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Since their start in the summer of 2016, Voyager HQ has grown to a community of over 1,000 members, dozens of partners, and hundreds of investors in over 55 countries.

When he is not connecting the travel industry, John is the Programming Chair and Co-Founder for the NYC Innovation Collective, a nonprofit alliance of NYC’s top technology organizations working together to support program leaders of incubators, accelerators, and startup communities, along with the Co-Director of Startup Grind chapter in NYC, a monthly speaker series to educate, motivate, and connect entrepreneurs in over 300 cities around the world.

In his spare time, John co-hosts two podcasts, Travel is Your Business, focusing on the intersection of travel, business, and technology, and 5to9, a podcast interviewing people who pursue passions through side projects outside their 9 to 5 jobs.

In This Episode, John Reveals …

  • The vision behind Voyager HQ, the service they provide, and who their ideal customer is
  • Some of the pitfalls to avoid with startups, and some common red flags folks should look out for
  • How to spot a good deal, both as an investor and as a customer
  • His podcast, ‘Travel is Your Business’

Resources & Links

John Matson

Voyager HQ

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