Trip app set for take-off

Triplify founders Damien Hatton, Matt Fontana and John Daniels.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428908
Triplify founders Damien Hatton, Matt Fontana and John Daniels.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428908

Damien Hatton, Matt Fontana and John Daniels met at the inaugural Startup Weekend two years ago and combined to develop the app that gives travellers details of events ranging from festivals to markets.

Triplify, based at Spacecubed in the city, is still a hobby for the founders, who still work in other jobs and fund the app themselves, but interest from several investors could change that by Christmas.

‘We’ve been having meetings with a group of Perth investors and that’s been going really well and hopefully before Christmas we’ll have that tied up,’ Mr Hatton said.

‘That (the money) will allow us to grow the company faster.

‘At the moment, we’ve got quite good coverage around Australia in terms of the events, but the investment will help us expand our coverage around the world.’

Mr Fontana came up with the idea when he was in London in 2012.

He had lined up a date, but got stood up at the last minute because the woman saw a poster advertising a concert she wanted to see.

This made him realise how hard it was for travellers to know about events from one destination to another.

Mr Daniels, a software developer, said he went along to the first Startup Weekend because he wanted to get more involved with startup businesses.

In 2011, he developed an app, mypreorder, that allows consumers to pre-order food and drinks from a smartphone.

The next Startup Weekend is on November 21 to 23 at Spacecubed, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Visit www.perth.startupweekend. org.