Triptrotting was founded in 2010 by avid travelers and University of Southern California graduates Aigerim Shorman and Shana Zheng. Inspired by their shared belief that traveling is about the experience and the people you meet, the Triptrotting engine and community was created. Immediately, like-minded travelers around the world discovered the site in their pursuit of travel experiences beyond the tourist path. In a few short months, the Triptrotting community has rapidly expanded to over 2,000 cities worldwide, engaged both on- and off-line. The company recently relocated to Santa Monica, California, to join Mark Suster's Launchpad LA and announced a round of funding from investors including Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Idealab, Safa Rashtchy and other angel investors.