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Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick finances 3D-printed hotel start-up

Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber, is among the backers of a new hotel start-up Habitas that makes 3D-printed hotels.

Habitas aimed to be a Club Med for millennials offering all-inclusive holidays. With rooms costing USD200-USD400 a night, Habitas is pitched between traditional hostels and five-star hotels, aimed at millennial tourists looking for a social holiday rather than a “fancy lobby”.

Habitas co-founder Oliver Ripley explained that the company builds its own hotel rooms in Mexico using 3D-printing technology. It flat-packs the basic structures of its rooms and ships them to the location and assembled like Lego, where they can be customized to fit the local environment. 

Using this process, the start-up can manufacture 100 rooms per month means and Habitas’ hotels can be constructed within six to nine months. The company can earn a return on investment within two years — far faster than most traditional hotels. 

In this funding round, Habitas has raised USD20 million to expand its “3D-printed hotel” concept to new markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa after testing the model in Tulum, Mexico.

Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick finances 3D-printed hotel start-up

Aside from Kalanicks’s personal investment fund 10100, entrepreneurs including Tim Steiner, chief executive of online supermarket Ocado, Justin Mateen, the co-founder of dating app Tinder, and Div Turakhia, the Indian ad-tech billionaire, have all backed Habitas, alongside technology investors Maurice Salem, Shervin Pishevar, Mike Novogratz and Jonathan Teo.

The sense of community that Habitas is trying to build probably spoke to Kalanick’s personality. Kalanick bought a townhouse in the upper hills of San Francisco, which was nicknamed “the Jam Pad” where like-minded individuals can mingle, brainstorm or simply hang out. 

Ripley expects to have eight locations by the end of the year, with a Namibian hotel due to open this month, and 10 to 12 a year thereafter. He has recently visited Bhutan and Saudi Arabia to explore locations for its lightweight hotels. 

Habitas could expand into franchising or even social housing in the future. The company has set up two subsidiaries to keep its real estate and manufacturing operations separate.

Source: Outbox, 12/02/2020

 

VIETNAM ASSOCIATION OF TESTING LABORATORIES - VINALAB
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 “Ensuring food safety for restaurants & hotels”

 Thursday, 29th November 2018

Time: 8h30 - 16h30  

Venue: Seminar Room

 Time  Topic Speaker
8h30 - 9h15
Registation
9h15 - 9h30
Opening speech
Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung
CEO VinaCert Certification and Inspection Joint Stock Company
General Secretary VINALAB
9h30 - 10h00 Paper 1: Definition of food to Food management Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung
CEO Vina Cert Certification and Inspection Joint Stock Company
General Secretary VINALAB
10h00 - 10h30 Paper 2: From farm to table - Food safety solution for hotel, restaurant Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Kim
President of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations
10h30 -  11h00 Paper 3: Draft criteria for restaurant and hotel classification Mr. Pham Ngoc Tran
Former Deputy General Director of Ministry of Science and Technology
Directorate For Standarts, Metrology and Quality 
11h30 End of Conference  
13h00 - 13h30
Registation  
13h30 - 14h00 Opening speech Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung
CEO VinaCert Certification and Inspection Joint Stock Company
General Secretary VINALAB
14h00 - 15h00 Paper 1: The role of GS1 bar code, ensuring food safety in hotels MSc. Phan Hong Nga
Officer
Vietnam Quality Standards Institute 
15h00 - 16h00 Paper 2: Management of imported food: Opportunities and Challenges Dr. Nguyen Van Dung
Department of Food Safety - MOH
16h00 - 16h30 Paper 3: Organic agriculture products: Challenges in certification MSc. Pham Xuan Tuyen
Inspector of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
16h30 End of Conference  

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