Lola.com's Krista Pappas Joins Panel of Industry Leaders at Boston's Travel Pitch Night
5 innovative travel startups pitch panelists on business model, product-market fit, fundability, and more on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Boston
BOSTON – April 16, 2019 – Krista Pappas, SVP Business Development at Lola.com, the Agile Travel Management™ company that provides a super simple way to manage, book, and report on business travel, is among the panelists that five innovative startups at the forefront of travel will pitch to at Travel Pitch Night powered by JetBlue Technology Ventures on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Boston’s first-ever Pitch Night features startups LUMO, Bacarai, Go Real Europe, 360 Stories, and Hypnap.
WHAT: Lola.com’s Krista Pappas Joins Panel of Industry Leaders at Boston’s Travel Pitch Night
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT
WHERE: GSVLabs, 2 Ave de Lafayette, Boston
Pappas is joined by Dakota Smith, Chief Strategy Officer at Hopper; Ajay Sharma, Investment Principal at JetBlue Technology Ventures; and Rashesh Jethi, Global Head of Innovation for Airlines at Amadeus. The panelists, along with an audience of travel startups, corporate partners and technologists, vote for the winner according to business model, presentation, product-market fit, and fundability. After the announcement of the winner, the conversation started onstage continues during a networking happy hour. The winner receives prizes that include a free session with an HR expert as well as various discounted PR and other business services.
As SVP of Business Development at Lola.com, Pappas advises the executive and senior leadership teams in setting the company’s strategic direction with a particular focus on driving growth through partnerships and distribution. She draws on more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the travel industry, from startups to publicly traded companies, including her role as Global Director and Head of Travel of Bing, a Microsoft company, where she led all commercial aspects, evangelism, and strategy for Bing Travel. She has led and scaled global teams in sales and development, and marketing and customer acquisition.
Prior to Lola.com, Pappas was the COO of DuVine Cycling + Adventure, responsible for the overall day-to-day management and growth of the company. She was an executive team member of the startup teams Farecast acquired by Microsoft and SmarterTravel which was acquired by TripAdvisor. She also led travel at the New York Times Digital (NYTd) after selling her company FareChase, the first travel metasearch company to Yahoo! Pappas was coined the first “Internet Travel Analyst” in 1999, and from that point on, has been deeply immersed in the travel industry. Her focus has been on the intersection of travel disruption, technology, search, and customer experience.
She currently invests and advises early stage Internet companies in commerce and travel and sits on several travel boards.
For more information on Travel Pitch Night, visit: https://app.voyagerhq.events/events/details/voyager-hq-boston-presents-travel-pitch-night/#/
Lola.com makes Agile Travel Management real by providing a super simple way to manage, book and report on business travel, saving employers and travelers time and money. Happy employee travel experiences within a policy can be set up in five minutes. Lola.com uses machine learning and 24/7 support to help travelers easily book trips, while empowering managers to create policies, view budgets and expenditures, and monitor their globetrotting team efficiently. Based in Boston, the company was founded in 2015 by Paul English, co-founder of the travel booking site KAYAK, and is led by CEO Mike Volpe, previously CMO at HubSpot. For more information, visit https://www.lola.com/ and connect on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.