• Buster Expands and Hires New Leader

     
    POSTED November 29, 2016
     

Buster allows people to book a ride with buses, vans, or limos, like never before. With a total of $3.8 million in funds, $1.1 million raised from investors like General Catalyst, Allen & Company and Priceline, Buster is undergoing some major growth. The company will now expand and enhance their experience by spreading to more cities and making important new hires.

Joining the Buster team is Harald Kruse as CEO. Kruse has experience with online businesses, like Priceline.com and will help with growth at Buster.

“I am thrilled to lead the Buster team at this exciting time,” says Kruse. “The charter transportation market is one of the final frontiers in travel that has not been disrupted by technology. I look forward to leveraging everything I’ve learned from my decades in the travel industry to take the pain out of charter ground travel for consumers and businesses alike.”

Since the company started in New York in 2013, they’ve expanded throughout the U.S. in Boston, Baltimore, and San Francisco. Buster is dedicated to improving the booking process, customer service, safety and quality.

“Through the Buster platform, consumers & operators can now book bus travel with the same ease that they’ve come to expect from other travel marketplaces,” says Spencer Lazar, partner, General Catalyst. “We look forward to collaborating with Harald and the BNM team to accelerate Buster’s innovation and growth.”

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.

 

Even during a worldwide pandemic, the hospitality industry is working to make people feel at ease. Though many hotels can only open their doors to health care workers and first responders, they’re reaching out to their local communities with bright messages in clever, socially-distanced ways. Through the heart-shaped lighting of windows at night, hotels are serving as beacons of hope in cities across the country. 

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.