July 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Ex-Facebooker’s travel startup lands funding from Bono, tech rock stars
The Facebook engineer who started the company’s Seattle office has lined up A-list investors for his new travel startup.
Ari Steinberg is announcing today that he has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from investors, including Facebook veterans who went on to found successful startups in the San Francisco area — among them, Path founder Dave Morin and Quora founder Adam d’Angelo.
Other backers include musician turned philanthropist Bono; PayPal vets Keith Rabois and Max Levchin; Zillow Chief Executive Spencer Rascoff (who previously sold a travel company to Expedia); and former Microsoft manager turned startup investor Hadi Partovi.
Apparently Facebook’s good for professional networking as well as socializing.
Steinberg isn’t saying much about his new company, called Vamo, beyond its goal of helping people plan vacations.
“It’s really difficult to do that. There are a ton of different things that can help you with bits and pieces, but it’s still a really hard thing to holistically plan a whole trip,” he said.
Vamo won’t start offering a product until at least 2014, he said.
Steinberg started Facebook’s Seattle engineering office in the summer of 2010 and left last October, as it was approaching 200 employees.
So far Vamo has four employees, including Microsoft and Redfin veteran Shahaf Abileah. Steinberg said Vamo will use its funding partly to hire more engineers at its Pioneer Square office.
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