• 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.”

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.  

 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession: