52. Jamie Wong of Vayable


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It's not the most well-trodden path in online travel - a producer on the hit The Daily Show With John Stewart to CEO of a tours and activities business.

But it's one that Jamie Wong took when she launched Vayable, pivoting from the world of television in 2010.

The U.S.-based platform connected tourists with locals providing experiences in their cities, starting in San Francisco where Wong headquartered the company.

Getting a nascent business off the ground, in what was then still an emerging category in the industry, wasn't easy.

A number of co-founders came and went, competitors arrived and disappeared, too.

Wong stayed with the business until 2017. She has since gone on to form the Narrative.Fund investment vehicle alongside Erik Blachford of Expedia and Technology Crossover Ventures fame.

She joins us as the latest guest on How I Got Here.

HIGH is a weekly show produced by PhocusWire and Mozio, aimed at getting the inside stories behind startups and innovation in travel and transportation.

It's hosted by PhocusWire's editor in chief, Kevin May, and Mozio co-founder and CEO David Litwak.

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