Alex Saint, Tom Valentine
Secret Escapes offers flash sales – with discounts of up to 70% – on luxury hotels and holidays to members who sign up for free via its website. The company grew its membership base from four million in January 2014 to 24 million by the end of 2015 while expanding to several new markets including The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Italy. In July 2015, the startup raised a further $60 million in funding from Google Ventures along with existing investors Index Ventures and Octopus Investments. September 2015 saw the company acquire German rival Travista. In 2016, the company plans to expand further into the US and Asia.