I, Vagabond. Do you want to get from A to B? Simply type in the point of departure and the point of arrival and Wanderio will offer a range of solutions in an acrobatic combination of trains, planes, buses, private cars and subways. In short, no more exhausting, mind-numbing comparisons of prices, times, websites, platforms and payment systems. Because it might not feel like it, but every time we book a trip we visit more than twenty websites and carry out at least ten search sessions. Fortunately, three young men have had an idea that will save our time and our nerves. They are Matteo Colò, Luca Rossi and Disheng Qiu: all three are under thirty, they met in the InnovAction Lab, and in 2012 they founded Wanderio.
Wanderio is not just some cross-referencing programme, but a sophisticated system capable of planning more than 70,000 trips a year by comparing 1,000 airlines, 3,000 railways and over 50,000 road transport providers. To look at them, you'd think they'd just walked off the set of a sitcom - just like the rest of the staff, who are split between Rome and Milan – but Luca and Disheng are actually the two CTOs responsible for the IT part (the brainy geeks who coordinate the other brainy geeks) while, despite his round 27-year-old face, the Roman accent that peeks out from under the smooth Bocconi University exterior and his meticulous use of English words, Matteo is the CEO (i.e. the super top dog). He has the air of an entrepreneur, with his eyes to the future and a positive habit of thinking “green” and philosophical.
Wandering can mean traveling or it can mean roaming aimlessly, but these guys seem to have a destination in mind. They're not the stoners that film and TV might make us think Silicon Valley is full of – they drink the odd beer, and are preparing to go a very long way. Perhaps directed by their app.
The story has been written by Vins Gallico, writer.
An application to help under-35s travel. A system capable of planning 70,000 trips a year.