25. January 2012–
Today JustBook revealed to VentureVillage that Amiando founder Felix Haas, DailyDeal’s Heilemann brothers (Fabian und Ferry) and founder and CEO of the online glasses retailer Brille24 Matthias Hunecke have invested a six-digit figure in JustBook.
Options aren’t so bad: Luxury, Upscale, Design & Comfort
The last minute hotel-booking service launched its free iPhone app on 16 January, providing users with three hand-picked options in four hotel categories: luxury, upscale, design, and comfort. “Because of our experience in the tourism and mobile industry, we have very good contacts which allow us to work with the best hotels,” says Stefan Menden, general manager of JustBook. “We select all the hotels personally.”
With JustBook, users can book from noon until 2am for a room the same night, making it particularly attractive to last-minute business travellers including supporting investors. “The combination of an excellent team, product competence and large market opportunities convinced us very early on to support JustBook’s growth in Europe,“ said investor and Amiando founder Felix Hass.
Other notable investors in the seed round Nile Henning (bigpoint) and Torsten Oelke (YouIsNow).
German-based booking apps – a gap in the market
The American role model, Priceline Hotel Negotiator boasts 600,000 downlaods on Android and 1,000,000 on iPhone, while 9,000 of those are generated by German Android users, and 26,000 of by German iPhone users. With the great US success of priceline, and relatively little penetration in Germany, the company seems to be hitting the right niche.
The funding round sets high expectations for other German-based booking apps to come, as well as JustBook.
Currently JustBook serves Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich. Its Android app is planned to launch is February.