Artificial intelligence is about to transform entire industries, and travel is no exception. Take corporate travel, for example. While large businesses may contract with travel agencies or hire their own full-service corporate travel teams, small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) typically can’t afford to do the same, leaving it to employees themselves to puzzle over the best flights, hotel accommodations and more. There is a better way. 30SecondsToFly provides SMBs with an affordable travel management solution through Claire, an artificial intelligence-powered assistant by 30secondsToFly. Claire navigates the challenges of corporate travel through automation and data-driven analysis, all the while presenting a nearly-human and friendly experience to her customers. Claire’s natural language processing and machine-learning capabilities mean she can “chat” online with travelers to learn and accommodate employee preferences while adhering to company travel policies. Self-professed “efficiency geeks” Felicia Schneiderhan and Riccardo Vittoria founded 30SecondsToFly in 2015 and the company is being incubated at JetBlue Technology Ventures’ Silicon Valley headquarters.
—Raj Singh, Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures
—Felicia Schneiderhan, co-founder and CEO of 30SecondsToFly