Startup Spotlight #38: MuseBirdsReportage w/ Hackquarters Team - April 17, 2020
Throughout the years, our lives and expectations have radically changed due to the
latest technological improvements. These developments changed the travel industry to
keep up with the new generation of travellers’ expectations as well. Now,
understanding the needs of the traveler and broadening their experience is of utmost
MuseBirds is one of the companies that think contentment should be the base of every product, service, and process for travelers. From missing flights to flight delays and lost luggage, MuseBirds ensures that your travel is covered up.
This time the spotlights were on us. Startup Spotlight #38 by Hackquarters.
What is your first name?
Welcome, Aylin! What is your surname?
What is the name of your startup?
MuseBirds “Contentment Design for Travel(er)”
What is the website address of MuseBirds?
Where is your startup based?
What are your targeted verticals for your startup?
Insurtech and Travel
Tell us what your startup does.
Musebirds designs products to compensate the usual setbacks that travelers may
experience. Because most of the time “TRAVEL IS; WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN YOU WERE
BUSY MAKING OTHER PLANS.”
Traveler contentment starts with creating solutions to the real concerns of travelers, and continues with not exhausting them at any stage of the process. We have developed a range of products from the traveler’s point of view for sustainable traveler contentment.
Tell us about your team.
With a team of 3 developers, one designer, a business developer and two product developers we are 7 people from different backgrounds and ages.
When and why did you found your startup?
I started traveling alone when I was 11 years old. I spent my 20s travelling many
places of the world mostly as a backpacker.
As a person who has experienced many of the setbacks in flight, I have not received any compensation or customer contentment focused behavior from any insurance company or Airline company, without calling or emailing many times. In today’s digital world, it is possible to compensate the setbacks of the travelers in very practical and effortless ways, even without any claim. We combined the technological abilities and possibilities of today with our understanding of “traveler contentment” and Musebirds was born.
What are your key and unique features?
The most unique aspect of these products is that it compensates travelers with a creative way without being an insurance. Till today , we have built our entire system and financed all the payments by ourselves. Now we are seeking to cooperate/ partnership with insurance companies and develop insurtech products in the near future.
What is your growth like?
Apart from these extraordinary Corona days, the aviation industry is growing rapidly. In parallel with ticket sales, we had a similar growth. We sold more than 2.5 million products (TicketBirds) in 6 years. But I don’t know what will happen after the Corona Crisis.
What are your plans for next year and the next 5 years?
5 years is a very long time, let me talk about the next month, our new user product Urbanbirds will be live. Negotiations and partnership plans with insurance companies are on track. Our main goal is to design the most preferred products by travelers in near future.
Did you receive any investments?
No, not yet.
Tell us 3 startups that excite you, and why?
Being an entrepreneur is tough and deserves a lot of respect. As a person who has mentored and worked with many startups, I admire all the Startups in Turkish ecosystem and wish them best of luck and success in this difficult journey.