Calling all entrepreneurs! Think you have what it takes to succeed in starting your own company? Over the past year hosco.plus has interviewed six entrepreneurs in the world of hospitality, and today we’ve rounded them up for you to take a closer look at each of their remarkable stories. The interviews reveal the challenges and triumphs of real hospitality professionals who have succeeded to out on their own and create something extraordinary. If you have a great idea and need a bit of inspiration, this video collection is for you!
Ready to quit your day job and take a huge chance on yourself?
1. Beyond The Conference Room: How Spacebase Is Changing The Way People Meet
Jan Hoffmann-Keining - Co-founder and CMO at Spacebase
Meet Jan Hoffmann-Keining, Spacebase’s co-founder and CMO. He knows a thing or two about hotel meeting rooms—as a former consultant, he spent nearly 200 nights a year on the road. Bored by the hotel environment and impressed by what the sharing economy offered business travelers in terms of unique, non-traditional lodging, he wondered if the same principle could be applied to meeting space. Hence, Spacebase was born, and since 2014 the Berlin-based startup has been changing the way people meet by providing unique, exciting venues that inspire meeting goers. Its most outrageous space to date? A boxing gym in Berlin, where the elevated ring serves as a perfect podium for presentations, panel discussions, and even pointed debates! The company has gone from two employees to 12 in just two years, and its clients range from media and tech companies to more conservative industries looking to change the mood with an interesting meeting space. To hear more about Spacebase’s cool venues, its business model, and Hoffmann-Keining’s ultimate advice for entrepreneurs, watch the full video!
2. LaFourchette: From Startup To Restaurant Booking Giant
Bertrand Jelensperger - Co-Founder and CEO at La Fourchette
Join hosco.tv as we sit down with La Fourchette Co-founder and CEO, Bertrand Jelensperger, at his firm’s headquarters in Paris. What’s it like to go from small start-up to dynamic 500-employee company in just 10 years? Jelensperger tells us about that journey, and he discusses his company’s business model and its double value proposition for partner restaurants—what it is and why it’s working so well. But a success story like LaFourchette’s doesn’t get written without a few challenges along the way—like convincing restaurants to partner with them. Although LaFourchette, acquired by TripAdvisor in 2014, is currently bringing in over 2,000 new restaurants per month, Jelensperger says that this remains the hardest part of the job. He also shares five indispensable keys to success that have helped him and LaFourchette over the years. Watch the full video to find out what they are!
3. Le Collectionist: What Sets This Luxury Rental Startup Apart
Max Aniort - Co-Founder and Executive Director at Le Collectionist
What makes le startup succeed? Join hosco.tv as we talk with Max Aniort, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Le Collectionist, an online marketplace for high-end property rentals with hotel-like services all over the world. Aniort discusses his vision for its future and the work that goes into finding the most unique, luxurious properties for his discerning clientele. What makes a property right for Le Collectionist? While there’s no checklist, Aniort is highly selective, and he says he has to have a “crush” on a property to sell it. With €2 million in funding recently raised, and a goal of €10 million more in coming months, Aniort and his two partners have tripled the size of their team in the last year and are growing quickly. Looking for a career? Watch to learn more about Le Collectionist and the positions they will be hiring for!
4. Hourly Innovation: A CEO Shares His Plan
Christian Rodriguez - CEO & Founder at ByHours
Christian Rodriguez, founder and CEO of ByHours in Barcelona, sits down with Hosco tv and explains his startup’s unique business model: selling hotel rooms by the hour instead of by the night. For Rodriguez, a passionate, creative entrepreneur with over 10 years of business experience, what makes ByHours so special is twofold: it enables hotels to enter into a completely new market, improve financial performance and optimize resources, and it offers flexibility to travelers and clients by proposing a brand new, innovative product. Watch as Christian explains to Hosco tv exactly how the concept works, who his clients are and what the future might hold for ByHours.
5. When Google Is A Bad Word—how A High-end Concierge Works
Jane Caujolle - Owner and Director at Townhouse Concierge
Do come aboard! Townhouse Concierge Owner and Director Jane Caujolle takes the hosco.tv crew on a stylish cruise down the Thames and gives us the scoop on running a luxury concierge service in London. Caujolle’s demanding clients rely on her for a wide range of services—from finding homes complete with staff to locating private yoga teachers, arranging for private chefs, and organizing shipments of art, to name just a few. What sets Townhouse Concierge apart from other services is its bespoke approach to servicing clients. Just google it? No way! For Caujolle, google is a four-letter word. Rather, she relies strictly on word of mouth and established relationships with providers to ensure her clients’ high expectations are met. Her advice to young talents hoping to open their own business? Work hard on the concept, seek advice and don’t give up! Caujolle is based in London but also works with clients across Europe in places like Gstaad, Geneva and Athens. To hear more about how Caujolle finds clients, how she earns her fees and what her goals are for the next five years, watch the full video!
6. Always Better With A Local: A Startup CEO Talks About Her Passion For Authenticity
Gloria Molins - Founder and CEO at trip4real
Follow Hosco tv as we step inside the trip4real offices in Barcelona to talk with its energetic Founder and CEO, Gloria Molins. Just two years old and able to count famed El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià as one if its principal investors, trip4real is gaining traction in the ever-evolving world of tourism and hospitality. Connecting travelers worldwide with local hosts, the site is all about creating unique, authentic experiences. A passionate entrepreneur and traveler with a background in sales and marketing, Molins discusses what inspired her to start trip4real and offers advice to future entrepreneurs.
So…Are you ready now to quit your day job and create your own startup? Don’t forget to check out our articles on must-reads for entrepreneurs and the sacrifices you’ll have to make while pursuing your dream. Who knows, maybe you’ll be our next subject!