It is not every day that you get to talk to someone who is disrupting a $1T dollar industry. Sarosh Waghmar, the CEO & Founder of Spotnana is that person. Spotnana is a new entrant in the travel industry, having raised over $115M - but was 20 years in the making.
"I became obsessed with what it is to experience the front of the airplane cabin - and how do you pay as little as possible... "
"It has taken me 20 years to get here. This did not happen overnight. Some people think that Spotnana is new. It is not."
"Let's use the GDS for what it was actually created for. We want to use the GDS for what it is."
For his entire life, Sarosh has been on a journey. He came from India to Austin at a young age, having always believed that coming to the USA was his destiny. He learned the business of travel from the ground up and after 20 years launched a company that is the culmination of his life's experiences.
In Part 1 of the Interview
We discuss the journey that Sarosh took. We get into his early years in India and how he was obsessed with coming to the United States. We uncover how Spotnana got its name and the meaning behind it. We take the journey from his early years to the launch of Spotnana.
In Part 2 of the Interview
We discuss the meaning of "Travel as a Service" and how Spotnana is using technology like the GDS and NDC the right way. We get into the industry's sustainability initiatives, the reality of booking tools, the interest in travel by financial companies, and of course, space travel.