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Friends of Friends Travel – or FOF Travel for short – is an app that will make it really easy to ask friends for help when travelling. Think: Airbnb/Couchsurfing meets Facebook. Or LinkedIn for travel.
You know how on social networking sites like Facebook, you see status updates like: "Does anyone know anyone in New York who can help put me up for a night?" or "Going to Europe! Hit me up with suggestions!"? Well, what we do is automate that whole process - and take the awkwardness out of the situation! - by giving people a reason and a platform to offer help before anyone even asks.
Through FOF Travel, you're connected directly to your second-degree friends. You won't need to ask your friends if they know anyone in New York, because you can see for yourself who they know there, and what those people are already willing to help you with for free, or a small fee.
Unlike other hospitality exchange services, that usually focus on accommodation only, you can "FOF" just about anything from a free place to stay to somewhere to leave your stuff for the night , a tour of the city , coffee with a local or maybe even rent a spare wakeboard or tent someone has collecting dust in the shed. Awesome!
Krissa is the CEO and founder of Friends of Friends Travel. If you want to know where FOF’s spirit, drive, culture and inspiration comes from, your search stops here. Very much a people person but also fiercely independent, Krissa is responsible for attracting and bringing together great talent and minds to collaborate on and execute the vision, strategy and mission of FOF. As one of the key faces of FOF Travel, Krissa has helped grow the business to reach 130+ countries around the world and over 17,000 registered users and fans across all of FOF’s channels. She has skilfully lined up and partnered FOF already with the best in travel industry, including STA Travel, Hostelworld.com, G Adventures, RacingThePlanet, Topdeck and more.
When not working on FOF, Krissa teaches yoga part-time and consults other business with their digital and online marketing strategies and activities. She holds citizenship and residency status in the USA, Philippines and Hong Kong. And has also lived in Singapore, London and the Caribbean. Krissa met co-founder, DJ, at the age of 13 where they both attended West Island international school in Hong Kong. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Daljeet or "DJ" is Marketing Guru and co-founder of FOF Travel. As Krissa’s right-hand man, DJ is responsible for maintaining and disseminating FOF’s culture and identity inside the platform and broader marketing activities. In between brainstorming campaigns and conducting interviews, managing social media and briefing designers, DJ is also an "ops" guy helping to keep the house in order. Krissa and DJ have a very special bond that is reflected in the very fabric and nature of FOF. They make a formidable team and together have put FOF - and each other - in the likes of TIME magazine, the NY Times, The Times, C|Net, Skift, CollaborativeConsumption.com and more.
When not working on FOF, DJ loves to go nuts on the dance floor and crochet! He is also the Marketing Manager for one of the world's largest business coaching firms. DJ is a Third-Culture Kid like Krissa and has lived in New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Australia and London. He holds a triple degree in Physics, Archeology and Creative Writing from Melbourne University.
Oscar is Chief Technology Officer of FOF Travel and responsible for all things IT and tech-related. An ex-Couchsurfer, Oscar’s domain of expertise is translating into intelligent code and design what Krissa and DJ have stewing in their minds. Humble and hard-working, Oscar is a pragmatic, self-taught polymath who is passionate about his crafts. He is meticulous in his research and planning as well as driven by a very deep and powerful desire to build great things and do it right. Moving forward, Oscar will be maintaining the integrity, performance and security of the site; managing a team of developers on-site and off-shore.
When not working on FOF, Oscar lives in London with his Australian wife, Kim and adorable little step-daughter, Lumen. Prior to FOF he was working full-time at a digital agency designing, creating, deploying and maintaining a slew of web applications.
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