Ori Zaltzman has been a TechAviv Founders Club regular since we kicked off the Silicon Valley branch a couple years ago. We knew him as the chief geek behind Yahoo Answers, Yahoo Boss and a mix of upstarts. He’s the kind of rock star hackers admire and execs fight over to hire (yours truly included). Ori’s got a new gig; gogobot. Joining forces with Travis Katz, former head of MySpace International, put them on the map before anyone knew what they were up to. Buzz is one thing, raving early alpha testers and viral growth is another. You’ll notice by the amount of new gogobot follower emails you’ll get once registered that they’re on to something special.
gogobot is one of those “I can’t believe that didn’t exist already” ideas. Simply put, its Social Travel done right. If you like to travel, you’re going to love gogobot. Travis and Ori demo’d their current MVP version and some yet-to-be-released features at this month’s TechAviv Founders Club CA meetup at Stanford Univ. Video above. They won our Peer Award for best demo handily and got some great feedback on their design. Seem’s TechAviv members have a good eye because last week gogobot took home the 2010 Crunchie for Best Design.
This is one to watch folks. Congrats Travis and Ori on the early momentum and to TechAviv sponsor Battery Ventures and TechAviv CA members Dror Berman of Innovation Endeavors and Oren Zeev of Primera Capital for the foresight and fortune to back these guys early.