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Meet the 'Fab Five' of Travel Startups

Before a company can turn ideas into action, they usually look for some financial backing. In the world of travel startups, there are five men that are known for their deep pockets, business savvy and proven success. Brad Gerstner, Sam Shank, Erik Blachford, Rich Barton, and Hugh Crean are the angel investors (as well as founders, chairmen, advisors, board members and CEOs) behind many startups that have since become household names (like Zillow, Hotel Tonight, Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz), and others that have more recently grown in popularity (like the photo-sharing app, Trover). The 'Fab Five' has also been known to invest in many of the same companies as well as each other's, perhaps proving the saying "great minds think alike" to be true. So if you think you have the next big idea for a travel startup and need some cash flow, credibility, or just some advice, these are the guys to call on. Find out more about them at
By: Tara Imperatorecomments 0 | 2013

Interview With Bob Shullman: An In-depth Look at the Luxury Market Today

bob shullman of Shullman Research Center Though entitled Through The Looking Glass, Mr. Shullman’s extensive, clarifying survey has no relation to the Lewis Carroll book, where time moves backwards, and reality seems truly diffuse. In Mr. Shullman’s survey, affluent and luxury attitudes...
By: Susan Kimecomments 0 | 2013

Interview With CEO & Managing Partner of YoungJets, David Young

David Young ceo of youngjets If the old saying, "success favors the well-prepared" is true, then David Young’s diverse background defines a kind of process inevitability—meaning, his prior experience led inevitably to this place where he is now: CEO and Managing Partner...
By: Susan Kimecomments 0 | 2013

5 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Miller: Everything But the Gin

martin miller The story of Martin Miller Gin is so oft-repeated and well rehearsed at this point, every booze chronicler has covered it. Everyone knows of the British entrepreneur’s industry-leading demand for quality, his journey to find the purest water, and...
By: Lena Katzcomments 0 | 2013

Interview With Joe Poulin CEO & Founder of Luxury Retreats

Joe Poulin Ceo & Founder of Luxury Retreats Luxury villas have been springing up all over the map in recent years; and it's no secret that they've been diverting the attention of discerning travelers who would normally be looking toward their favorite high-end hotel for an extended stay. With...
By: Tara Imperatorecomments 0 | 2013

2013 Trends on Attitudes of the Ultra Affluent: Where, How & Why They Spend

family getting on private jet As with any news of how ultra high net worth is being defined and distributed in the world, there is good news and challenging news—and the latest Knight Frank Wealth Report 2013 has both. One of the good things is that their research methods...
By: Susan Kimecomments 1 | 2013

The Latest Appointments: Bulgari, Burberry & Four Seasons

François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet The Latest luxury industry appointments at Richemont, Burberry, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Audemars Piguet, Givenchy, Cartier & Diet Coke Kathleen Tayor is to leave the CEO post of Four Seasons hotels, after serving the Toronto-based hotelier...
By: Sophie Dorancomments 0 | 2013

What Recent Results Suggest for Luxury in 2013

gucci campaign Luxury Society investigates recent results announcements by LVMH, Richemont, Herm?s, Swatch Group, De Beers & PPR, to see what they imply for the industry in 2013 LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton recently reported recorded revenue of €28.1...
By: Sophie Dorancomments 0 | 2013

Only 23 Units To Be Sold at The New Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe exterior Kennedy Wilson, a significant international real estate investment and services company, and the new owner of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, arguably changed the face of Lake Tahoe mountain living. The company unveiled three custom penthouse show...
By: Susan Kimecomments 0 | 2013

The Philosophy, Paradox, and Poetry of Affluence Research Data

survey with gold pen On February 4 of this year, David Brooks, The New York Times columnist and NPR commentator, who spends a lot of his visual and verbal time discussing the actions of the President and Congress, wrote about something in our area, which was a surprise....
By: Susan Kimecomments 0 | 2013

The Super Rich, Young Financiers Shaking Up the Film Industry

jessica chastain zero dark thirty There is no business like show business, especially if you are extremely wealthy and want to be a deal-making executive producer. The studios are very receptive to qualified check-writers. It is a match made in Hollywood that appears to be working...
By: James Rothaarcomments 1 | 2013

American Express By Invitation Only Events | A Luxury Lifestyle Experience

By: Christina Stewartcomments 0 | 2013
Luxury. Such a simple yet highly subjective word. For some, it is the culmination of wealth. For others, it is merely a game of perception. So, how exactly does one define such an over saturated word? Very carefully. I like to think that after...

A New Sensory Education | Karisma Hotels & Resorts Partners With Kendall-Jackson

Tucanes Bar with Chef Wangler and his team Usually, food and wine events are dazzling displays of culinary artistry and ability—events where theory and practice become one. And, paired with great wine, these events create sensual reciprocities of taste, texture, and color; one taste working...
By: Susan Kimecomments 0 | 2013

Interview With Bradford Rand, Founder of RAND Luxury & The Luxury Review

Bradford Rand RAND Luxury is an international event-production company that caters to the world's finest luxury brands. Based in Manhattan, the RAND team produces The Luxury Review, a series of press/media showcases that feature the latest in high-end products...
By: Susan Kimecomments 2 | 2013

Adriatic Luxury Hotels Launch New Campaign to Attract Elite Travelers

Adriatic Luxury Hotels Dubrovnik Adriatic Luxury Hotels has launched a new marketing campaign to focus on the uniqueness and beauty of Dubrovnik. After all, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. CNN International named Dubrovnik, which is located on the Adriatic Sea...
By: James Rothaarcomments 0 | 2013

The Latest Appointments | Harrods, Balenciaga & Louis Vuitton

Alexander Wang New leadership for a new year, we bring you the latest luxury industry appointments at LVMH, Fisker Automotive, Alexander Wang, Estée Lauder & Bloomberg Pursuits Brigitte Taittinger has left her post as president of Annick Goutal, following 20...
By: Sophie Dorancomments 1 | 2013

Ski Dream Home to Host 'House of Luxury' Event During Sundance Film Festival

ski dream home exterior In the first annual “House of Luxury” event produced by Rand Luxury, a select group of the world's ultra-high-end brands and influencers from the film and entertainment industries will gather concurrent to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park...
By: James Rothaarcomments 0 | 2013

Exclusive Interview with Highlife Asia’s Founder and CEO Mark Byrne

Shanghai city view On a constant search for all that is opulent around the world, JustLuxe came across an opportunity for an exclusive interview with Mark Byrne, founder and CEO of Highlife Asia Concierge & Lifestyle Management. The luxury concierge company is based...
By: JustLuxe Teamcomments 0 | 2013

Virgin Atlantic Names Former American Airlines Exec New CEO

virgin atlantic plane Steve Ridgway, the 11-year CEO of Virgin Atlantic who retires in February, is being replaced by Craig Kreeger, former Senior Vice President of Virgin rival, American Airlines. Kreeger is entering into a very different Virgin Atlantic than his...
By: Sally Farriscomments 0 | 2013

Customers Reveal Their Pick for Top Luxury Automotive Brand

Audi RS 5 The Luxury Institute has rated Audi USA the top luxury automotive brand in its 2013 Luxury Customer Experience Index (LCEI). Audi rated number one out of 10 luxury brands evaluated in a nationwide survey conducted using a demographic of 1,234 high...
By: James Rothaarcomments 0 | 2013

Fueling Your Luxury Toys | From Private Jets to Luxury Yachts

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By: JustLuxe Teamcomments 0 | 2013
If you're in the market for a private plane or a luxury yacht it should come as no surprise that fueling those toys are going to cost you. Sometimes, the cost to operate is a bit steeper than one would prefer but if you can afford to buy the...

A New Economic Morning | Emerging Markets, Fiscal Cliffhangers & the Luxury Consumer

woman shopping red handbag On December 23, 2012 while many were out doing last minute holiday crisis shopping, a Financial Times article was published that discussed the new, complex nature of the state of luxury fashion. The reason this article is so compelling is that,...
By: Susan Kimecomments 1 | 2013

The Latest Investments | Aston Martin, Fabergé & Christopher Kane

Aston Martin Vanquish Orient Express turns down a $1.8 billion takeover bid from Indian Hotels Group, as mining company Gemfields seeks to acquire fine jeweler Fabergé for $142 million Acquired: Fabergé, Gemfields Gemfields, pending minority investor approval,...
By: Sophie Dorancomments 0 | 2013

Who is the Top Money Making Star of 2012?

brad pitt, denzel washington, anne hathaway Actor Denzel Washington was voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2012 in the 81st running of the Quigley Poll by the Quigley Publishing Company. The poll tallies votes from motion picture theater owners and film buyers to determine which actor was...
By: James Rothaarcomments 1 | 2013

2012's Best Global Luxury Brands

Prada ranked for the first time since 2009 Almost 15% of Interbrand’s 2012 Best Global Brands were luxury brands. We spoke with Interbrand to find out what makes these particular brands household names. Coca-Cola is the world’s most valuable brand, trailed by Apple, IBM and Google,...
By: Sophie Dorancomments 2 | 2013
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