Trippy Nabs Cash from Boldface Seed Backers

Sequoia Capital and True Ventures co-led a $1.75 million seed round in Trippy, the mobile app that facilitates trip planning. Also participating in the round is SV Angel and individuals including Rob Solomon, Tim Ferriss, Brian Lee, Gil Ebaz, Brandee Barker, Chase Jarvis, Randi Zuckerberg, Jason Mraz, and Rachel Zoe, as well as others.

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MANHATTAN BEACH, CA (November 15, 2011)—Trippy, the first web and mobile app entirely designed to let your friends help plan your trip, today announced that it has raised $1.75M in seed funding after debuting as a Battlefield Finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt in September.

Co-leading the round are Sequoia Capital and True Ventures. Also participating in the round is
SV Angel and individuals including Rob Solomon, Tim Ferriss, Brian Lee, Gil Ebaz, Brandee Barker, Chase Jarvis, Randi Zuckerberg, Jason Mraz, and Rachel Zoe, as well as others. The capital will be used to accelerate product development.

“It’s great to be back in the travel space, and especially to have the support of such quality firms and individuals,” said founder and CEO, J.R. Johnson. “There is a huge opportunity to lead the next wave of innovation in travel, and Trippy is primed to do just that.”

Trippy is a friend-sourced solution to the long-standing problem of untrustworthy and irrelevant travel content, helping you travel better. Trippy taps into already-existing networks of friends and family through social media sites like Facebook to get tips from the people who already know the traveler’s personal details (if they’re vegan or traveling with kids, etc.). The company was founded by J.R. Johnson, a pioneer in the online travel space, having had his first travel site, VirtualTourist, acquired by Expedia in 2008.