There is a rising fear that big tech is working against consumers, pilfering their data in an endless pursuit of increasing profits. While this concern is not without merit, the fortunate truth is that there are some aggregators out there that are actually making consumers’ lives easier. Here are a host of tech companies that are working for the consumer.
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Travel Aggregator – Kayak
KAYAK was created in 2004, with the intent of helping travelers spend as little money as humanly possible. The platform is a search engine for travel, built around options for flights, hotels, and rental cars. The service’s goal is to provide travelers with all the necessary options that help them make the best choice. This formidable aggregator is unique because the company doesn’t actually sell anything; believe it or not, they’re not claiming to have the best hotels or the best rental services in the world. Kayak is just aiming to provide their users with the most complete list of options, so they can select the correct options for themselves. KAYAK has a multitude of different features on their site that help assist in providing the most complete information for the customer to ensure that he/she is finding the best deal.
Food Delivery Aggregator – FoodBoss
FoodBoss was founded in 2016. It’s a relatively new company whose core purpose is saving users money & time on food delivery. The company has recently raised more than $2 million in their most recent series of funding. The platform is a price & time aggregator for food delivery. FoodBoss has every restaurant from every delivery partner, which means that FoodBoss is the hub where users see every restaurant that meets their desired preference. The FoodBoss site or app will automatically compare fees and time estimates, then the aggregator will show the user the cheapest and fastest option so he/she can save money and/or time, guaranteed. Make sure you adjust your estimated cart size as well, though, so the fee calculator has all the information it needs to estimate total fees. The best decisions are made when people have the most complete information available to them. With FoodBoss, you can now compare effortlessly.
Vacation Rental Aggregator – HomeToGo
HomeToGo, founded in 2014, searches through over 600 providers to find the best deals on vacation rentals across 200 countries. The aggregator recently raised $20 million in its series B funding, which is sizeable for a European startup. HomeToGo is based out of Berlin, Germany, and combs through 600+ providers to generate over 17 million searchable vacation rental homes for Americans looking to stay on the East Coast, West Coast, and nearly everywhere in between. If you are renting for a vacation anytime soon, then you should be sure to check out this aggregator. You don’t want to keep missing out on all the information you need to make the best decision every time.
Event Ticket Aggregator – SeatGeek
SeatGeek is a mobile-centric ticket platform that allows users to buy and sell tickets for live sporting events, such as baseball, basketball, football, concerts and theater events. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in New York City. SeatGeek permits customers to utilize both the mobile app and desktop to browse events, select tickets from interactive color-coded seat maps, complete purchases, and lastly receive either electronic or print tickets. The company has made it immeasurably easier for sports and music fans to satisfy their entertainment needs in a timely, affordable fashion. Exactly a year ago in August 2018, SeatGeek launched a partnership with Lyft, in which the companies spearheaded a feature that allows event-goers to be dropped off closer to their seats.
Car Buying Aggregator – CarGurus
CarGurus, founded in 2006, originated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This aggregator is an automotive research and shopping website that assists users in contacting sellers and comparing local listings for used and new cars. It was originally just a blog for customers to leave reviews and questions for local car dealers about cars and other related information. In 2010, the company really escalated its customer growth from 9 million in visitor traffic per month to 21 million. CarGurus is amazing for comparing all the local listings for used and new cars in one place, and it uses algorithms for the process of analyzing and comparing the listings on the site. GarGurus has been ranked on the “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies” 6 times in the last 9 years.
Pharmacy Prescription Aggregator – GoodRX
GoodRx has a mission to help find its users the most up-to-date information and most affordable drug prescriptions they are looking for. GoodRx, since it was founded, has saved its users more than $9 Billion in prescription costs. It’s also ranked the #1 medical app on iTunes and Google Play. They were founded in 2011 and have gathered more than 75,000 pharmacies to cross-check prices for pharmaceutical drugs. In 2017, GoodRx announced a game-changing partnership with the major prescription drug companies across the country to negotiate lower prescription drug costs. GoodRx’s impact is unmatched in the medical field and about ⅓ of doctors recommend it to patients. The next time you need a prescription, be sure to check out this amazing aggregator, so you have all the info you need to make the best decision possible.
Ride-Sharing Aggregator – Bellhop
Bellhop launched its ride-sharing app aggregator in 2018. You are able, in just one app, to compare multiple different ride-share apps like Uber, Lyft, Juno, Curb, and Arro. There are many different features that Bellhop has that are amazing for the user. If you want to save money, they have the “cheapest” filter. If you’re in a rush and need a quick pick up, they have the “fastest” option. Millions of people are wasting money and time by only using one app and not knowing the other options out there. Since the start of Bellhop, they have saved $230,000+ for their users. Bellhop will be the future of ride-sharing because it has all the car service apps in one place and compares price and times in real-time. You can’t get that anywhere else, plus it’s free.
Movie Ticket Aggregator – Atom Tickets
Atom Tickets is a relatively new company that allows customers to buy movie tickets through the Atom Tickets app or site. The platform features an enormous amount of theaters, so you can be sure to always find a theater near you that fits your preferences. In 2016, they completed a Series B round of financing from major investors including The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, and Lionsgate. Atom Tickets also allows you to buy concession food and drinks through the app in select theaters as well. They have just launched a movie subscription service called Atom Movie Access in March 2019 for cinemas. Users will have total customization of their own subscription plan. Atom Tickets is a 100% digital experience that simplifies the whole movie ticket buying industry.
Car Insurance Aggregator – Zebra
The Zebra is a car insurance comparison tool that was founded in 2012. With some seed investors like Mark Cuban, Floodgate and others, this company was bound for success. The Zebra lets users on their site get real-time quotes from many different car insurance companies by simply filling out an online form. These online quotes are very customizable; which means, the more you fill out, the more accurate your quote will be. Zebra doesn’t have a preference for which company you eventually use for insurance, which makes them a great tool to use. You’ll get the most unbiased factual answers possible without a doubt. The Zebra provides over 1,800 insurance products from more than 200 different insurers nationwide, to ensure that they are getting the best deals for their users. They save their users, on average, roughly $368 per year.
Golf Course Aggregator – Supreme Golf
Supreme Golf, founded in 2011, has a new way of using price aggregators for setting tee times, which has never been done before. Supreme Golf is able to aggregate over 12 Million tee times at once in real-time. They also have over 750,000 golf course reviews at more than 13,000 courses in 41 different countries, which equates to about 70% of US and 55% of global public golf courses. In 2017, Supreme Golf acquired GolfBook, which is a tee time booking platform. They also partnered with CBS Sports Digital to help boost their platform to new heights. Supreme Golf offers unlimited search privileges, which means, you can book as many times as you want, wherever you want, for no cost at all. Supreme Golf is the future of golf booking because it doesn’t take much effort to find the best courses and times for you at no additional price at all.
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