Hong Kong Social Travel App Spottly Raises US$850,000 Seed Round to Fund Expansion Plans

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Location-based social travel app Spottly has just raised a US $850,000 seed round to back their video-focused product and to expand into new markets. Investors in this round include Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups, China’s Cherubic Ventures and Gobi Partners.

A trip planning aid that allows travelers to discover places from their smartphone, Spottly is an attractive repository of handpicked travel tips from 17,000 places, 2,100 cities and 115 countries – and has a growing user base in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Thailand. The newly launched v.2.0 lets users create video travel posts, instead of just sharing static images.

“As more and more people use social media to share their travel finds instantaneously, we found that travelers increasingly prefer beautifully curated visual recommendations, served to you right away through social media, trusted friends and local key opinion insiders,” said founder Edwyn Chan in a release. “The next generation travel guide will need to be curated, instant and visual.”

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5 Questions With Spottly, A Social Travel App That Helps You Share Your Favorite Places

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Remember Spottly, one of the top 10 startups who showcased at our past Startup Saturday: Mobilliance 2013? Right after the event, the app was featured on App Store’s “Best New Apps” in 15 markets across Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Cambodia, and Laos) for 2 weeks since its launch!

When check-in is no longer fun to you or your friends, what else are you willing to share related to location and places you’ve been to? Spottly found a solution to those who love to explore cities and those who love to capture their new discoveries around town – It allows you to create interesting places and build your own traveling lists.

You can keep them to yourself as a journal or share it with your friends so they can join you. By posting photos, adding notes and creating traveling lists, users can organize their own “foodie-class” restaurants or those “dream-lands” lists just for themselves. Spottly helps you to discover interesting places, or in other words, to improve your quality of life!

We are as curious as you are so we had a chat with Edwyn Chan, the co-founder of this novel social travel app and here are 5 questions about him and this new startup he’s working on.

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