Congratulations are in order for Peter Zakin ’12 and Minqi Jiang ’12, alums of eLab Class of 2012! Their startup, Hyper, was just acquired by Tradeshift, the world's fastest-growing business network. Hyper launched in January with the goal of making corporate travel more efficient through the use of virtual assistants. The idea emerged out of experiences they had while working at Google and Venmo, respectively: Both were frustrated by how travel is booked through brick and mortar travel agencies. They sought to overcome these inefficiencies with an app similar to messaging services and assistants like Facebook M and Operator.
Both Zakin and Jiang are joining Tradeshift, where Jiang will focus on design and end client needs, while Zakin will lead operations on the platform side. We couldn’t be more proud of our eLab alums!