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Where can you find Guidehop?

Guidehop was launched on October 26, 2011.  In just one month and 4 days we have added 360 unique activities around the globe. This image shows our top ten countries at this time. Hop to it! Book an activity today!

Guidehop featured on the Collaborative Consumption Hub


Guidehop is currently featured on the… | Welcome to The Official Guidehop Blog.

Check out CollaborativeConsumption.com to learn more about the movement.

In short - “Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping reinvented through network technologies on a scale and in ways never possible before.”

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Darren Woodson and Jeremy Roberts of Guidehop on Good Morning Texas 11/30/2011

Guidehop is currently featured on the Collaborative Consumption Hub’s Antenna along with StayHound and CrashMyPad

Check out CollaborativeConsumption.com to learn more about the movement.  In short - “Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping reinvented through network technologies on a scale and in ways never possible before.”

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Surfing in Austin? Coming soon to Guidehop.com

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Guidehop Guide of The Week!  Austin G from #Vail

Austin is a new yorker that that has spent most of the last 5 years in Vail.  Check out his Guidehop profile here.

In his own words… “I love anything that involves the outdoors,  the mountains,  being on the road,  music,  culture and/or meeting new people.  I have called Vail home during the last 5 winters and spent the rest of my time travelling the world.  I would love to show you my favorite spots to catch a powder stash or rip down a groomer.”

Make-A-Wish Makes Dreams Come True

The Guidehop team loves the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  2 of our Co-Founders have very deep ties to the foundation.  Darren is on the board of the North Texas Chapter of the Foundation and has been working with them for years.  Jeremy's wife Kristi is an adult survivor of childhood cancer and received her wish in 1995 during her own fight with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  We are very proud to have been included in this story! 

Get Verified On GuideHop!

Introducing the latest, and arguably the shiniest, GuideHop badge: Get Verified.

This is great way for you to add another layer of validity to your profile and activity posts. The "Get Verified" badge is the official stamp of approval from the GuideHop team, indicating that we know who you are and what you’re up to. It only takes a 10-20 minute interview and all that glory is yours.

But wait! There’s more. You’ll be interviewed by our go-to copywriting virtuoso who can give you feedback on how to word your post and appeal to potential customers. It’s kind of his job, so he’s the guy to ask.

Whenever you are ready to add that extra oomph to your guiding profile, head over to the “Get Verified” activity and book a time.
PRESS RELEASE: GUIDEHOP AIMS FOR AUTHENTICITY AS IT LAUNCHES ITS MARKETPLACE FOR LOCAL TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Jeremy Roberts
GuideHop, Inc.
972-591-1541 
press@guidehop.com
 
GUIDEHOP AIMS FOR AUTHENTICITY AS IT LAUNCHES ITS MARKETPLACE FOR LOCAL TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

DALLAS, Texas (October 26, 2011) —GuideHop, a new marketplace launching today, allows tourists and locals to find unique activities to which they would not have access using traditional services.
“We are trying to change the typical channels people would use in booking an activity,” said Ryan J. Schmitz, CEO and Co-Founder of GuideHop. “Traditional tour agencies, hotel concierges, and travel websites work with middle-men who not only push up the prices in these instances but most often only offer cookie-cutter experiences. GuideHop offers activities that are unique, authentic and reasonably priced.”   Both professional guides and enthusiastic locals can sign up to host an activity on GuideHop. Once they are registered, Guides may create a profile and post activities for free. Travelers or locals looking for tours can then book, pay and confirm their plans through GuideHop. After the tour is complete, customers have the opportunity to review the experience which helps to improve the experience for future participants.

Schmitz says that the Guidehop team is trying to focus on independent guides as they often offer personal and memorable experiences. Unlike big, online travel agencies, GuideHop does not offer preferential treatment based on the size of the tour operator. This allows the independent guide with a limited budget to access a level playing field with larger operations. The team is also spending a lot of time finding more niche activities that may cater to an eclectic, smaller crowd as well. Co-Founder, Darren Woodson, adds, “During travels some of the most memorable experiences happen when meeting locals and seeing how the locals live. We are going out of our way to find local experts offering activities and experiences for travelers that they would not be able to experience with a traditional tour agency.” He went on to say, “We will obviously be grouped into the “travel and tours industry”, but I think our platform provides a great way for anyone to discover interesting activities and meet new people in their own community.”
How GuideHop Works

  • Search for an Activity – Simply type in a destination or browse our locations.
  • Read Reviews and Recommends – Check out the activities reviews and see who recommends the guide!
  • Book It – Your payment is securely handled online. Feel safe knowing that GuideHop holds payment until successful completion of your activity.
  • Meet-up with your guide and Enjoy your Activity!


 
About GuideHop, Inc.
GuideHop, Inc., a Dallas, Texas based company, leverages the talents of a unique group of designers, engineers, and project managers who are passionate about travel and about experiencing places like a local. Their collective enthusiasm and collaboration has resulted in a web app solution that connects professional and amateur guides, instructors and eager locals with people who desire to see an area from a new perspective.

Founding Team: Ryan Schmitz, Darren Woodson, Jeremy Roberts, T. Grove, Marshall Dougherty, Clay Teller, Aaron Bell

Meet the Founders (and the first Jackalope in Austin, TX)

Ryan Schmitz – The Man with the Plan

@RyanjSchmitz

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Ryan is an avid traveler who loves exploring new cultures and going to places most people leave off their short list. A frequent mountain biker and skier, Ryan has biked on numerous continents, broken multiple bones, and enjoys the chutes of Utah back-country skiing each year. When traveling, he doesn’t like to plan too far ahead and prefers to shoot from the hip, which doesn’t always make it enjoyable, but always makes for a good story and an even better adventure. After his last few trips, which included having an incomprehensible “English-speaking” guide in China, riding with a driver in Burma that almost killed him, and backpacking off the grid in southern Utah with a “companion” who had never camped a day in his life, GuideHop was born. Ryan’s goal for GuideHop is to create a marketplace where instructors, guides, and everyday people who really do have the knowledge, talent, and experience they say they have and offer it at a fair price without the hassle of the middle men.



Darren Woodson- The Media Guy

@DarrenWoodson28


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Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Darren Woodson, joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2005. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year.  Woodson earned a reputation as one of the hardest hitters and most ferocious strong safeties in the NFL during his 13 seasons (1992-2004), all with the Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback of the team’s defense during its three championship runs in the 1990s (Super Bowl’s XXVII, XXVIII and XXX), Woodson registered career totals of 11 sacks, 23 interceptions and 1,350 tackles, the most in Cowboys franchise history at the time of his retirement in 2004.


Jeremy Roberts - The Marketing Guy

@imJeremyR

Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Chapman University in Orange, CA.  In high school he lived in the United Kingdom, and during his college career he studied in Spain and Chile.  All three times abroad he traveled extensively to surrounding countries, and he continues to be passionate about leaving the touristy areas to see things as the locals do.  His travel adventures have ranged in diversity from farming oregano with an Aymaran family in Northern Chile, driving a 1968 Morris Minor Traveler across the UK, and making balloon animals for tips in the streets of Europe and Latin America. Now a family man in TX, he still taps into his long list of international connections he made over the years to recruit the best guides around. Going somewhere we don’t have a guide yet? Ask Jeremy; he’ll get a rock-star guide for you.


Marshall Dougherty - The Task Master

@mardough


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Currently residing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marshall has deep connections in the local tourism industry. Living in an international travelers hub, he knows and sees the need for reliable, safe, and informed guides on a daily basis. He is also an international traveler and loves the less common “locals only” tours.  If you’re going to San Juan and want to see something truly unique, reach out to Marshall.


T. Grove - The Tech Guy

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As elusive as the mythical jackalope, T. Grove prefers to fly under the radar. A part of the computer underground scene for years, Mr. Grove has been a part of building and creating some of the coolest new technologies and websites for fortune 500 companies. 



Aaron Bell - Advisor -  First Jackalope

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Aaron is Austin’s Top Hop and the first Jackalope. He is an expert on Austin’s outdoor offerings and is willing to give you the keys to his city. He finds adventure in places where others see none, and can discover more about an area’s outdoors in a single week than others find in a lifetime. Aaron is a seasoned world traveler who has been to over 30 countries, mostly via hitchhiking and other forms of ultra-cheap travel.  He is passionate about sharing his way of life and bringing people along with him, whether through organizing a massive hitchhiking race from Texas to North Carolina, hosting an island camp out, or convincing his friends to start a scooter gang. Aaron holds the record for the longest field goal ever in the Unicycle Football League where he is a two-time national champion with his team the Hot Dogs.  When he’s not traveling, Aaron can be found teaching Speech at a local high school.

— We will introduce our developers to you in the next post! —

Sign up for the beta! http://guidehop.com

Press Release: Thriving Dallas Startup GuideHop.com Announces Ustream Founder as Advisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thriving Dallas Startup, GuideHop.com, Announces Ustream Founder As Advisor


DALLAS, Texas (April 26, 2012) – GuideHop today announced that Brad Hunstable, co-founder and CEO of Ustream (www.ustream.com), the leader in live online video, will join Guidehop.com’s advisory board. Hunstable will bring his product strategy, business development, and operational experience and expertise in leading successful web startups to an advisory role at GuideHop. This marks a significant step in Hunstable’s ongoing efforts to build a thriving startup community in his hometown, Dallas, Texas.

Ranked among 50 “Digital Power Players” by the Hollywood Reporter in 2010, Variety also listed Brad as 1 of 25 Visionaries, Innovators and Producers for his work at Ustream through the Vanity Producers Guild of America Digital 25. As co-founder and CEO of Ustream, he is responsible for guiding the company’s strategy and growth through partnerships, technology innovation and product architecture. His vast experience in these areas as well as his extensive industry contacts, are major assets to Guidehop as the new startup moves forward.

“There is a flourishing ecosystem of entrepreneurial communities in Texas and tremendous opportunities to develop more incredible innovations that will change the way we work, play, and live” said Brad Hunstable, co-founder and CEO of Ustream. “I’m excited to be part of the Guidehop team and look forward to contributing to their growth and development.”

GuideHop allows locals to post their own guided activities for curious experience-seekers to book. Offerings ranging from urban unique to out-there outdoorsy are welcome, including spelunking to an art gallery in Austin and discovering local music in Dallas. The site (Guidehop.com) launched just last October and has found relative success with hundreds of activities posted across the globe. “Brad is an integral part in  devising Guidehop’s scalable business plan for 2012 -2013, advising on business development strategies including strategic partnerships, sales, product enhancements, and marketing plans to lead more widespread adoption and awareness” says Ryan Schmitz, CEO of Guidehop.com. “We are excited to have Brad Hunstable join GuideHop as an advisor. His track record of successful growth in a competitive marketplace makes him an incredible asset to our company.”

This is just one step in Hunstable’s mission to help bolster the Dallas Fort Worth startup community, and to help establish the city as a major hub for innovation. “Dallas is my town and web startups are what I do. Nothing would make me happier than seeing my city thrive in an ideas-based economy,” said Brad Hunstable.

GuideHop, which launched in Q4 of 2011 currently offers approximately 1000 unique activities around the globe.

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GuideHop, Inc.
A Dallas, TX based company, is a peer-to-peer marketplace allowing locals to share their own unique tours and activities with an online community of experience seekers. The company strives to change the way people discover and share new adventures while empowering local experts to get paid for doing what they love.

About Ustream:
Ustream, Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, IRC chat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ustream’s free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virality across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts, and gamers which has contributed to Ustream’s Guinness World Record for the “Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service”. For more information about Ustream, visit www.ustream.com and follow us on our socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (facebook.com/Ustream).


For more information or to schedule an interview please contact:

Jeremy Roberts
jeremy@guidehop.com