Twenty-four Booking.com experts have been selected to work with the Booster startups, and for the next six months they will support them on executing their scaling plans. The mentors come from different fields of expertise and various graphic regions and have been matched to the capacity needs of the startups. We asked three of the Booking.com mentors, Michael Condon, Judith Figas and Vladimir Indzhov, why they signed up for this role for the Booster and how they feel about working with the startup entrepreneurs.

 

Michael Condon 

Regional Manager Agency Operations, Translations / Amsterdam

Why did you join the Booster as a mentor?

I wanted to join the Booking Booster as I naturally like problem solving, sharing my experiences, and ultimately helping people. I felt that startups have a lot of opportunity to find creative solutions to get the most out of limited resources, which I would find to be highly motivating. I thought it would be rewarding to help others build and scale their business while having a positive impact on people and places.

Scott (Mejdi) meeting their mentors Megan and Michael

Scott (Mejdi) meeting their mentors Megan and Michael

In which area do you think you can really help Mejdi reaching more scale?

I think the Booking.com methodology of making data informed decisions has really become part of how I work. I think I can help them with understanding their web analytics from targeting an audience, localizing their content, and making more data driven decisions. Also, I can share my observations and experiences of what it takes to manage work and engage teams remotely.

 

What do you get from this experience?

I’m already feeling very excited about mentoring Mejdi for the coming months. These startups are trying to make a positive impact on the world at a large scale. I find it extremely rewarding to support them in what they're accomplishing. I’ve just spent two afternoons getting to know more about Aziz and Scott and how they're scaling their business to reach more people in more destinations. It's inspiring to see how much motivation they and the rest of the startups have to positively impact people and places. Looking forward to seeing these businesses grow!

 

Scott & Aziz of MEJDI on meeting Michael

 "It was great to meet Michael and Megan (co-mentor). We instantly had a connection and went for drinks afterward. They already gave us lot of new insights on planning, scaling decks, pitching…pretty much everything!

We are going to meet up in Florida! ;) At Grand Rapids probably. We hope to get their continuous support and advice with the execution of the scaling plan."

Aziz sharing the Mejdi tours story with the mentors

Aziz sharing the Mejdi tours story with the mentors

 

Vladimir Indzhov

Area Manager / Sofia

Why did you join the Booster as a mentor?

It always felt for me that Booking.com has an even bigger purpose and this is the proof and opportunity to make an impact. And of course I’m looking forward to learn a lot along along the process as well!

Alexei and Catriona (Desolenator) getting to know their mentors Vladimir and Jitka

Alexei and Catriona (Desolenator) getting to know their mentors Vladimir and Jitka

 

In which area do you think you can really help Desolenator reaching more scale?

In finding the overlapping value of their idea and sustainable impact we are looking for. More closely - by acting as connector, sharing hospitality experience and knowledge of building winning teams with a healthy culture.

 

What do you get from this experience?

The entrepreneurial innovative spirit is natural to the startups, I would like to learn how to make sure that our teams fully adopt that similar spirit as well.

 

Alexei sharing the story of Desolenator with the mentors

Alexei sharing the story of Desolenator with the mentors

 

Catriona of Desolenator on meeting Vladimir

"It was great meeting them! They already knew what Desolenator is all about. They promised to introduce us to Booking.com Account Managers operating in areas where hotel partners (might be) interested in installing Desolenator, which would be awesome! This would allow us to collect very valuable feedback in order to get a good test base of hoteliers working with us. We want to understand the lifecycle of the water in different geographic regions where hotels are located to better tailor our product to the needs of the hoteliers." 

 

Judith Figas

Hotel Area Manager / Hamburg

Why did you join the Booster as a mentor?

In my 8 years with Booking.com I took different business trainings with a few fully focused on coaching, which I really love to do. When I saw the opportunity of being able to share my built expertise at Booking.com to help other startups grow, I immediately applied.

Clemens and Cristina (Good Hotel) with in their midst their mentor Judith  

Clemens and Cristina (Good Hotel) with in their midst their mentor Judith

 

In which area do you think you can really help Good Hotel reaching more scale?

By applying my coaching skills. First of all by listening very actively to fully understand their challenges and the obstacles they are facing. Exploring different scenarios with them, being critical from an outside perspective and sharing my experience of working for many years in the hospitality industry.

 

What do you get from this experience?

After getting to know Good Hotel, I felt immediately inspired by how they combine running a hotel with educating and making room for people who otherwise would never have a chance at a job like that in a 5 star hotel!

Plus I love the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of a startup, and it feels great to be surrounded by such a passionate team that makes it work with such limited resources.

 

Cristina of Good Hotel on meeting Judith

"We immediately liked our mentors! They really cater towards our needs and we feel like there is a personal connection already, which was probably due to the fact that they joined us at some of the extra sessions, like meeting up with the Booking.com tech team. They already shared a lot of interesting tools that we use to operate our company more efficiently. It would be even better if they had more time to spend with us. We would like them to become part of our community!"

Cristina, Good Hotel

Cristina, Good Hotel