Solutionz was founded in 1996 by Chicke Fitzgerald, an industry advisory services firm. Chicke builds companies and has invested over $1.2m on her own, plus she has raised $6m in investment capital. Recognized as a game changer. Her investment actions reflect her commitment to innovation and her principles.
In 2005, she formed what is now Solutionz Innovations, an incubator of new ideas. TripProximity is one of those ideas.
This 4 minute video interview with Kathy Ireland Worldwide Business provides an overview of Solutionz TripProximity venture. Chicke Fitzgerald also shares the story of her new book, the Game Changer, which hit bookstores on January 18, 2018..
This segment aired on Fox Business in the US and Bloomberg International in Europe, Latin America and Asia early in the 1st quarter.
Did you ever see something that was harder than it should be? That is how our founder, Chicke Fitzgerald, views how the travel industry approaches booking your trip.
Solutionz is devoted to bringing to life crazy good ideas that will leave a legacy. This is Chicke’s personal mantra.
The travel industry has historically blazed a trail ahead of other industries. In fact, Fitzgerald’s first book was eCommerce Pioneers, a history of the global distribution of travel. But now, that early leadership role has become an Achilles heel, with the industry holding on to the status quo- providing booking tools for air travelers, which make up just 11% of all overnight trips taken in the US.
The underlying technology in the travel industry, built in the late 1970s, was amazing at finding hotels near city centers and airports. This worked well for business travelers and even those on vacation. But that represents just 25% and 8% of US travelers respectively.
The bulk of travel is what we call “life travel”. Easily said, it is everything that is not vacation or business. And the commonality for all of the different flavors of life travel is that the traveler knows precisely where he or she is going.
At Solutionz we believe that precision matters when you are planning a trip. Finding a hotel near an airport or a city center is just not good enough anymore.
So we did something about it. Our Smart Trip widget allows anyone to add trip planning to a website or blog, or an HTML email. You can trip enable an article, a location, an event, a photo or a video. Let us show you how.
Over the 21+ years that we have been in business, we have served many of the industry’s top travel and technology companies and we are known as experts in global travel distribution. In fact, our founder literally wrote the book on Global Travel Distribution and Multi-Channel Distribution.
The Solutionz brand is all about innovation and differentiation – in technology solutions, as well as in business models and in the whole approach to planning and booking trips. Solutionz business model with the new TripProximity venture speaks volumes about our brand promise, as we put our money where our mouth is.
- #payitforward – We set aside 10% of our revenues in an innovation fund, which allows us to reinvest in our team, in their ideas and into other companies that have adjacent products or services to our own.
- #allingiving – We give back 10% of every dollar earned to the charity of choice of our clients. This isn’t just what we do. It is who we are.
In 2017 we made the decision to channel our giving in a way that produced economic growth, positive generational and community impact and also supported individual entrepreneurs. These are the faces of the individuals and communities that we impacted in 2017-2018 with our micro loans, funded through KIVA.
In 2019, the team is choosing the global entrepreneurs that we will support and we are also supporting the non-profit founded by our co-founder, George Lynch
Founded in 2009, Traffick911 exists to free youth from sex trafficking with a three-prong strategy of prevention, identification and empowerment. The organization has identified and/or assisted 700 (and counting) victims and its work – in close partnership with law enforcement – has led to multiple state and federal felony arrests and convictions. Our CMO, George Lynch, is the CEO of this organization and we are proud to be a supporter. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.
Save the World Foundation
Shafiq Kahn and Imram Sayeed co-founded Teach the World Foundation as a vehicle to solve the global problem of illiteracy. Shafiq is drawing upon his experience as a digital transformation leader in travel and coupling his skills with his technical innovation expertise, particularly in the field of gaming, to solve this immense problem. Their mission is to establish and deploy effective and scalable models of literacy and learning by leveraging the power of digital technology . Click on the image to the left to learn more about their efforts and the proof of concept that they deployed in 2017.