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.
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.
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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