We Envision a Connected Travel Industry

To us, travel can do better. We all can do better, travel companies, travel startups, travelers. And the only way to get better is to work together, by having meaningful and actionable conversations.

We believe that everyone should have access to travel, to leisure, to hospitality. Faster. Sooner. Better.

Our Mission

Connect startup founders with corporate partners and investors to create the future of travel.

Travel startup founders require either a large capital investment or a dynamic set of partnerships to be able to thrive, more so than in any other industry. 

We support travel startup founders by providing them the meaningful connections they need to stay ahead of the curve, and by promoting the sharing of knowledge and resources among the best and the brightest in travel tech.

What are you waiting for?

Our team

JOHN MATSON

MANAGING DIRECTOR

As Managing Director, John focuses on Voyager's strategic planning, partnerships and day-to-day operations. He is also a Co-Founder and actively part of the Leadership Council of the NYC Innovation Collective, a nonprofit alliance of NYC's top technology organizations working together to support program leaders of incubators, accelerators, and startup communities.

John also co-directs Startup Grind NYC, a monthly speaker series to educate, motivate, and connect entrepreneurs in over 250 cities around the world and cohosts two podcasts, Travel is Your Business, focusing on the intersection of travel, business, and technology, and 5to9, a podcast interviewing people who pursue passions through side projects outside their 9 to 5 jobs.

Prior to Voyager, he was most recently Sales & Marketing Manager at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a city-supported startup incubator for media + tech entrepreneurs.  Although he typically focuses on marketing, sales, and community development, John is a lover of music, art, and film, and a design and software enthusiast.

 

JENNY SILBER

COMMUNITY DIRECTOR

As Community Director, Jenny is responsible for spearheading Voyager HQ’s events and member programming, bringing new travel startups and mentors into the community, coordinating network introductions and occasionally screwing legs back onto tables.

Before joining Voyager HQ, Jenny was Event Coordinator at Northstar Travel Group, where she contributed to the success of award-winning B2B travel events Global Travel Marketplace, Global Travel Marketplace West, CruiseWorld, Mountain Travel Symposium and the European Mountain Travel Summit. She’s thrilled to now be involved in the exciting world of startups while staying close to her passion for travel.

 

GERARDO HERNÁNDEZ

MARKETING MANAGER

As Marketing Manager, Gerardo oversees Voyager HQ's overall marketing strategy and brand identity. Before he joined Voyager HQ, Gerardo worked in several customer service roles in the food, beverage and hospitality industry while moonlighting in NYC's theatre scene.

Gerardo grew up in California, Mexico and Texas. He came to NYC to study at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has lived in the city ever since. A storyteller at heart, he loves writing and tinkering with design and tech to engage and delight even the most unsuspecting of audiences.

 

MATTHEW BLANCE-STEPHANY

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Matthew is Voyager HQ's Business Development Associate, responsible for finding new business opportunities and assisting in partner and sponsor account management. He spends his summers working on his beach delivery startup Combrr and running City Sticks Parlor in Rockaway Beach. He has been involved in every aspect of the hospitality industry for over 15 years.

Besides his interest in the startup world, Matthew is an avid traveler having visited over 30 countries and 45 U.S states.  He often winds up at the most isolated beaches in the world, surfing waves with only a handful of locals.