In this wide-ranging interview, Craig speaks with Kijubi CEO Billy Fried about his recent experiences at Burning Man and his take on current issues in travel and technology.

To listen, hit play below or find episode 122 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Burning Man

A massive festival held yearly in the Nevada Desert, Burning Man is a modern festival and “celebration of the human spirit”. Billy has just finished up his time there and talks about its background, his love of the festival and how it ties into modern culture.

Burning man temple
Burning man temple

Travel and tech

Billy has just launched a travel activity aggregator, Kijubi.com. With this unique industry view, we discuss some of the hot topics around technology use and travel. In particular we cover the trust factor of user reviews, the homogenisation of experiences (and the old traveller vs tourist binary) as well as the impact of mass tourism on a destination.

We finish off by looking at some exciting projects in urban transport: Paris’s velib network and the Kiwi-built Schweeb — a human-powered monorail.

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Your thoughts on "Burning Man, travel and tech podcast"

  • Burning Man seems like a great place to go too!

    on September 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm Reply
    • It sure does. We're keen to get there in the next few years.

      on September 23, 2009 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Great edition, as per always. Sorry to hear about your loss on the contest but sounds like your new plans will be just as good. Can't wait to hear more. *wink* FYI the link mentioned doesn't seem to be working?

    on September 22, 2009 at 10:21 am Reply
  • It's live now Andy: The Great Kiwi Trip is ready to go.

    on September 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Same here. Rock on Burning Man.

    on September 24, 2009 at 10:45 am Reply
  • This seems an amazing festival.

    on September 24, 2009 at 11:54 am Reply

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