The World’s First Travel Portal For Women Prepares For Collision Conference
One of our favorite women led startups, Jozu ForWomen, is set to show off their stuff at the Collision Conference in New Orleans. Collision is the fastest growing tech conference in the world. The conference plays host to 20,000 attendees and 4500 companies. Jozu For Women is one of the featured companies at this years conference.
Founder Stephenie Rodriguez has spent her entire career in online marketing, technology and travel. She’s traveled to 48 countries around the world, often times, solo. Rodriguez was around for the dotcom bubble. At that time she had helped create some of Australia’s earliest websites.
More recently she’s been using her skills to help airlines and travel companies drive massive online promotions on nickel and dime budgets. After creating a campaign on a $70 budget that yielded over $1.3 million dollars in bookings in just a number of days, Rodriguez decided to strike out on her own. She knew that she would do something in travel but wanted to make an impact for people like herself. Jozu for Women was born.
Rodriguez didn’t go into business for herself and start a startup to take a break from traveling. Jozu For Women has turned heads at South by Southwest and now New Orleans’ version of South By Southwest.
Jozu for Women is an online portal for women travelers and women who make travel decisions. “Women make 90% of travel decisions regardless of who’s paying” Rodriguez told us in an interview at South By Southwest. Those women can be wives, girlfriends, fiances, executive assistants, entreperneurs, or executives themselves.
Jozu For Women is part community and part internet portal for booking travel. Women who join can talk to other women community members about traveling. Whether they have questions about hotels, restaurants, airlines or amenities. After making a more informed decision, travelers can book right from the site.
The most important part is the community. Within Jozu For Women, the community is a great place for female travelers to talk with other female travelers about the important things when making travel decisions. Is the hotel in the seedy section of town? Are women at risk from a certain hotel? Do certain airports treat women better than others? These are all questions that women face when traveling, especially as more and more women are traveling alone for work.
Women led startups are getting an even bigger spotlight at Collision. This year the conference had a call for women entrepreneurs to participate in the event for free, a ticket that can cost upwards of $1000 dollars.