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Part of getting a business off the ground is making sure you’re wherever you need to be, whenever you need to be there. That can mean spending more time in transit, than at home. Sure “jet setting” can be glamorous, but after 10 days away from your own bed, there’s a good chance you’re weary, worn out and lugging a pile of laundry larger than your suitcase. Well rest easy, friends. We’re here to help.

We’ve put together a list of startups that are taking the travel industry by storm, and bringing a bit of luxury back to the jet set lifestyle.


Launched in Dallas by founder and CEO Nick Kennedy, Rise was described by the Dallas Morning News as ride-sharing for the private jet crowd. On the company website, Kennedy states that Rise was conceptualized to be an accessible, justifiable expense, not a luxury. Offering memberships that start from Express at $1,650 per month to Corporate at $3,700, the service currently offers regional routes between Dallas, Austin, Houston and Midland, Texas.


Bookmark this one under….coming soon. The travel industry is anticipating the impact of the company that’s promising to make sure your international communication doesn’t get lost in translation. Described as a visual translator, the app will offer a variety of visual cues proposed to ask questions and express emotions based on destination.


Remember when bus trips were fun back in grade school? Well, they’re fun again – and a lot more luxurious – thanks to another locally founded startup, Vonlane. The company’s first-class custom motor coaches offer routes between Dallas, Houston and Austin at about $100 each way. Each all-inclusive coach offers 16 first-class seats and upscale amenities like Wi-Fi, satellite TV and radio, noise-cancelling headsets, snacks, meals and more.


Sometimes it’s just easier with internet. In the rare instance that data just doesn’t cut it and you need to download an attachment, e-sign an agreement or send more than a few MBs, you shouldn’t have to head back to your hotel’s overpriced Wi-Fi. (At least according to Wiffinity.) The smartphone app describes itself as a “mobile platform that aims to provide free WIFI connectivity in every city in the world.” It works by inviting advertisers and local businesses to reach tourists by offering access to their connection without any hassle. The app manages the passwords and privacy protections.

 While we tend to focus on the up-and-coming, we want to also give a shout out to some major programs that support the startup scene. For example, American Airlines Business Extra’s program, which partners with local programs like the DEC and Tech Cocktail to make provide travel perks for participants.