TripAdvisor Acquires Where I’ve Been

July 11, 2011

7:12 pm

Boston-based TripAdvisor has become a go-to resource for planning trips as they have amassed thousands of user reviews about hotels and other sights to see in a given location (whether they are all genuine or not is up for debate). Today the travel site announced they acquired Chicago-based startup Where I’ve Been. Where I’ve Been grew like a weed by creating one of the first Facebook applications that allowed users to share their travels on a world map. 10 million people have created color-coded travel maps to mark off traveling to half a billion places. That’s a lot of maps.

Where I’ve Been was founded by Michael Dalesandro and Craig Ulliott, who called Where I’ve Been his “best mistake” in a previous interview.  In 2008 the company raised  $1 million in angel funding and then took another $750K from Lightbank (the team behind Groupon).

According to a report on All Things D:

“At its peak, it had 116,328 daily active users and nearly 1.6 million monthly active users, according to AppData. Its traffic has since fallen to 3,000 daily users and 70,000 monthly users.”

The entire product team at Where I’ve Been will join TripAdvisor. Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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