You Can Contribute to Making a Better World

If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world. Noam Chomsky

My goal is to leave this place in better shape that I found it by using the technologies and tools I have at hand. I am very excited about the blockchain and AI in particular.

Blockchains are fundamentally designed to remove intermediaries from many areas of human life and by doing so solve problems (like inequality) that exist only because of centralization of power.

As an avid traveler and a person who knows technology, I'm very frustrated with the state of technological progress in travel (or lack thereof). One of my goals is to move the industry forward through the various projects that I'm currently working on.

Winding Tree

Winding Tree is a non-profit foundation that aims to foster innovation in the travel industry by opening up the data via a blockchain-powered marketplace for travel companies.

Links

Partners

  • Lufthansa
  • Swiss
  • Air New Zeland
  • Austrian
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Eurowings

Press

  • Reuters
  • Le Figaro
  • The Huffington Post
  • Business Insider
  • CoinDesk
  • Nasdaq
  • Der Tagesspiegel
  • Forbes
  • VentureBeat
  • The Next Web
  • Skift
  • tnooz
  • CryptoCoinsNews
  • SOHU.com

Other Projects

Travel Tech Con ← Now mostly run by Marina Berezovska

Community of travel startups and other organizations that think startups will change the future of travel. Goal: enabling collaboration in travel.

Roomstorm ← Undergoing a Merger

Software for airlines and hotels, to help them with accommodating passengers from cancelled and delayed flights. (Startup profile on Tnooz). Y Combinator batch S14.

Air Rating ← Discontinued

Airline rating based on social media mentions. Weekend project, discontinued.

Wandertab ← Successfully used by Hitlist

Whenever you open a new tab, Wandertab shows you a stunning picture from an amazing place as well as how much it costs to go there. I created the first version of Wandertab with Gillian Morris of Hitlist at a THack hackathon.

Public Speaking

My goal today is to educate people about the blockchain technology, help people and organization to understand the implications of that technology.

I speak at most conferences free of charge, given that the travel and accommodation costs are covered.

Bio in third person is on the top of this page. Headshot.

Upcoming

Past

Blockchain Workshop

Blockchain is definitely a buzzword. With this workshop I help travel companies, like airlines, OTAs, GDSs, etc., to cut through the noise and educate their teams about the potential of this technology and possible problems as well.

In this workshop I explain the blockchain in simple terms, so no knowledge of programming, cryptography or databases is necessary.

The speaker fee for this workshop is 5,000 USD (in Bitcoin) + accommodation and flights (business class on legs longer than 4 hours).

Clients

  • Lufthansa
  • TUI Group