About Konrad’s World Venture Project

I’m on a quest to…

visit every country in the world (~70 and counting),

help out inspiring charities and startups,

build an awesome company, and

have a blast doing it!

My Bio

Konrad Waliszewski is the Founder & CEO of TripScout, a mobile app that provides self-guided city tours from top local guides. The travel app offers curated a list of sites and provides engaging audio guides on an offline map with GPS.  USA Today said this app “helps travelers explore the local side of the city” and Travel+Leisure added “finally, a travel app that’s purposefully, blissfully simple.” TripScout uses proceeds from each purchase to benefit charities addressing local needs in the cities of each guide. He also runs the World Venture Project travel blog.

Prior to TripScout, Konrad was the COO at Speek (acquired by Jive), a venture-backed startup that provides simple conference calling solutions and applications that enhance meeting productivity. Speek was named as The Wall Street Journal’s “Top 20 Startups of the Year” and Entrepreneur magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies” in 2013. Konrad is also the founder of a consulting firm, where he has assisted companies – ranging from venture-backed to Fortune 500 and private equity firms – with M&A transactions, financings, and special projects. Prior to his consulting, he was an investment banker at GCA Savvian in San Francisco, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and corporate finance advisory for both venture-backed and publicly traded technology companies around the world. He has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Travel & Leisure Magazine, and other business and travel publications.

Konrad was born near Detroit and raised in Nashville before living in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Poland and as a digital nomad. He is the son of Polish immigrants, who immigrated to the United States after receiving political refugee status for their involvement in overthrowing the communist government in Poland. He is a citizen of both the United States and European Union (Poland).

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Please check out my travel app!

TripScout provides self-guided city tours from top local guides. We curate a list of sites for you and provide engaging audio guides on an offline map with GPS. USA Today said this app “helps travelers explore the local side of the city” and Travel+Leisure added “finally, a travel app that’s purposefully, blissfully simple.”

Say goodbye to hours of internet research, boring tours, and guidebooks! All you need is your iPhone to have:

1. Curated Sites: Instantly have the top sites, neighborhoods, and off-the-beaten path activities on your mobile phone
2. Audio Tours: Hear engaging stories from locals about history, culture, and food at your own schedule and pace
3. Customizable: Pin additional points of interest, like restaurant recommendations or your hotel
4. Offline Maps: Use intuitive offline maps with GPS to navigate around the city without using data or WiFi

10% of any purchase goes to benefit inspiring local charities.

Download the TripScout app here


Select Press Mentions

Forbes: How To Travel The World Without Quitting Your Job

Conde Nast: TripScout Is Our New Favorite Walking Tour App

Tech.co: After Speek, Waliszewski Launches New Travel App TripScout

Intel’s Digital Nomads: Konrad Waliszewski Runs Startup While Running with Bulls

Travel & Leisure: Finally, a Travel App That’s Purposefully, Blissfully Simple

Fast Company: How Startups Can Avoid the Series A Crunch

Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding: Field Reports

Washington Business Journal: Former Speek exec offers new way to tour D.C.

DC Inno: Who to Watch for in 2016

Forbes: Startups, Throw Out Your Financial Models: The Argument For Lean Modeling

DC Inno: Speek’s Ex-COO Gave Us the 1st Look at TripScout, the Travel App He’s Working On

In The Capital: How to Make the Globe Your Mobile Office: Interview With Konrad of World Venture Project

Wall Street Journal: Startups Making Life Abroad More Convenient