I'm proud to announce that my group travel startup, TravelMob.com launched today! This is a project I started while a grad student at the Technology Policy Program.
I'd love to hear your feedback, email me at adam / @ / travelmob.com and let me know what you think.
Press release is at http://blog.travelmob.com
TravelMob is travel site meets Evite; while a few others have similar models, TravelMob has some outstanding differences.
Travelmob lets you create a trip homepage, invite people, manage RSVPs, upload important files, create a photo gallery, see top tours for your destination, and plan via message board. There's a Facebook-style newsfeed that shows what everyone on your trip's doing.
Also, there's an integrated air, hotel, car, tour booking into the site via web services. So you can search/book directly from the site or your trip homepage. When you book anything, it goes into your trip's itinerary. There's a "Jump on this Flight", button which will search for a seat on the same flight.
Starting in October 2008 half of the team will be taking an around the world trip, using the site to plan, blogging the whole experience, and digging up the best events to travel to with friends.