Polarsteps raises €3M funding: 5 things to know about Amsterdam-based travel startup that wants to track your trips

Polarsteps raises €3M funding: 5 things to know about Amsterdam-based travel startup that wants to track your trips

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Time to get those legs moving? Not to the office or gym, but to explore some breathtaking sunsets, drinking authentic beer and doing some adventures. Yes, we know, planning a travel trip could be a pain, but hey, it’s 2019 and you have all the essential tools to plan your vacation easily.

Polarsteps – Easy and visually appealing!

Confused? We are talking about some amazing apps that work in real time, keeping you in the know. They deliver not only information, but also advice, insights, tips, and warnings. One such app is Polarsteps, which automatically tracks your route and places you’ve visited while you traveling.

Grabs €3 million funding!

As per the latest announcements, Polarsteps just raised €3 million funding in a Series A round led by INKEF Capital, which brings the startup’s total funding to €4.6 million till date.

One million registered users

With this fund, the Amsterdam-based firm will continue developing its automated travel blogging app and expanding the team. On the other hand, the company also announced that it had broken through the 1 million user mark.

According to the company, one million registered users have collectively traveled over 52 million days on the app, shown on a heat map that the company published today.

Polarsteps: How does it work?

Optimised well for travel, Polarsteps app allows you to automatically record your trip or vacation to share it with your family and friends back at home. In this case, the GPS works independent of mobile reception, where the app syncs its data whenever user cross a pocket of cell reception or when you log in to the Wi-Fi at the cafe or hotel. Once connected to the internet, the app transfers travel routes, key locations and photos to your Polarsteps page on a map.

Business model

Founded by Job Harmsen, Koen Droste, Maximiliano Neustadt, and Niek Bokkers in 2015, Polarsteps makes money by letting users buy Travel Books: instant photo albums of trips that can be ordered at the push of a button.

Operates in 180 countries!

Furthermore, Polarsteps is used by travellers in over 180 countries to track their journeys and inspire others to get their legs moving. Notably, Polarsteps makes money by allowing users to buy Travel Books: instant photo albums of trips that can be ordered at the push of a button. The Amsterdam-based company currently consisting of 10 employees and plans to rapidly expand its team.

According to Polarsteps co-founder and CEO Koen Droste, said:

Being avid travelers ourselves, we founded Polarsteps because we want to inspire and connect people through travel. We believe the best way to do that is by creating a place where the entire travel experience is combined within one platform. In the coming year, we will roll out a whole new way for travelers to plan their next journey.

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