VidPal gives travelers the opportunity to request custom New York City-related videos before they visit the city.
Travel Startups Incubator therefore recently announced a $25,000 investment in VidPal, the travel and tourism video marketplace that provides paid opportunities to the freelance video community and gives the 56.4 million visitors to New York City an on-demand, video request service.
VidPal Founder John Ortega is a devout traveler himself. Ortega created the platform when he noticed he was often missing specific, useful information about his destination when he took trips.
VidPal users choose a location on a map and describe their request, setting a deadline for it to be completed and a price they are willing to pay. Requests are only limited by what can be filmed. Freelance videographers can then bid on the projects that appeal to them, and earn “bounty” – the amount offered by the user requesting the video.
“Thanks to this platform and our exclusive bidding system, videographers can compete to provide tourists with the best video for their upcoming destination, ” said VidPal CTO Jaime Gonzales. “We strive to accept and quickly process all kinds and formats of videos from users to enable our community to watch them on their favorite device.”
The user-base is expanding rapidly and the service is expected to have 10,000 subscribers by October 2015. The startup is actively recruiting freelancers in New York to fulfill video requests, and is currently running a contest running until the end of August, aiming to find the best New York City video. “We will be providing job opportunities for freelancers and giving tourists an eye into what locals know about their destination,” added Ortega.
Along with Travel Startups Incubator, VidPal has partnered with Crowne Hotel Princeton and New York Tours. The startup also plans future partnerships with ExpoTv and GenVideo. The company’s cloud services provider is Rackspace Cloud.