Former Facebook Director Of Engineering Ari Steinberg Raises $1.6 For Travel Startup Vamo

By David Cohen 

Former Facebook Director of Engineering Ari Steinberg, who headed the social network’s Seattle office, left the company last October, saying that he planned to launch a travel startup. That travel startup is Vamo, which raised $1.6 million in capital, according to TechCrunch.

Steinberg told TechCrunch he does not envision Vamo as a direct competitor to travel sites such as Priceline, Expedia, and TripAdvisor, adding that his difficulty booking his own trips to Brazil, India, Japan, China, and Italy drove his thinking behind Vamo. He told TechCrunch:

It’s a full weekend-long operation just to pull all of the pieces together to plan a trip. How long? Where am I going? How long am I staying there? How do I get from place to place? The whole process is really difficult. Isolated, each piece is easy to plan. But since all of the parts are tied together, making the best decision on all of them simultaneously is a huge challenge for our brains. Which dates do you prefer? When is the hotel you want available? When are the flights the cheapest?

There’s something called a “constraint satisfaction problem.” It’s a really geeky way of assembling all of these different variables and trying to optimize them.

According to TechCrunch, investors in the funding round for Vamo included:

Readers: Do you think Vamo can carve out a niche in the travel industry?