May 25, 2022

#106 Elude: Building a Travel Search Engine and Trusted Global Brand in a Heavily Regulated Industry | Alex Simon, Co-Founder & CEO

#106 Elude: Building a Travel Search Engine and Trusted Global Brand in a Heavily Regulated Industry | Alex Simon, Co-Founder & CEO

In Episode #106, we explore building a travel search engine and a trusted global brand. We’re joined by Alex Simon, Elude’s Co-Founder and CEO. We cover why the travel industry is a startup graveyard, the importance of being the merchant of record, and the difficulties and rewards of entrepreneurship.


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“It's not who you know, it's who knows you.” – Alex Simon

EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)

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CHAPTERS

This episode is our definitive guide to building a travel search engine and a trusted global brand. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:02:24) – The path from investment banking to entrepreneurship
  • (00:05:35) – The Elude customer journey, from app download to travel time
  • (00:14:11) – Building a travel search engine from the ground up
  • (00:19:34) – Why the travel industry is a startup graveyard
  • (00:25:32) – How travel regulations make it difficult to build and scale a business in the industry
  • (00:32:42) – Why becoming a merchant of record was crucial to Elude’s success
  • (00:35:21) – Building a brand with the help of Apple advisors
  • (00:44:09) – The difficulties and rewards of entrepreneurship
  • (00:49:55) – It’s not who you know; it’s who knows you


ABOUT ELUDE

Alex Simon is the co-founder and CEO of Elude, which is focused on helping people find and book incredible travel experiences. It's the only place where you can simply input your max budget, your local airport, and how many days you'd like to be gone to find incredible destinations around the world that fit those parameters. So you can ask the question, where can I go next week for a thousand dollars? 

This episode is a fascinating, deep dive into the world of travel, from the unique barriers to building an airline and hotel booking business—which include a surprising amount of regulation—to an overview of the major players in the travel space and a look at what it's like to build a cutting edge company in a very old industry.

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