Thai telco AIS has generously offered to sponsor seven promising startups for Echelon 2014
. Who are these startups and how do they use technology in a disruptive fashion? One of them that has caught our eye is hospitality solutions provider Fourleaf
Fourleaf offers hotels an iPad-based cloud solution, through which guests can order and utilise hotel amenities from the comfort of their rooms. This includes room service, facility booking, and even taxi reservations.
The platform also offers hoteliers benefits such as lower costs. With less need to print in-room brochures, hotels can save on their expenses as well as do their part to help the environment.
According to Co-founder Nattapon Nimakul, Fourleaf, which was founded in December 2012, is based on the popularity of Thailand with tourists. “Travellers from all around the world come to Thailand,” he noted, “I think it’d be great if travellers can access all hotel services anytime in their hands, and we believe the tablet is the right choice to realise this dream. We built 14 apps, one for each service, as part of our Fourleaf solution.” (Sic)
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Nimakul also shared that his desire to be a creator, to build something from scratch, played a part in the setting up of Fourleaf as well. “Before Fourleaf, I worked with one of the Thai banks under its iPhone/iPad applications project,” he said, “I learned a lot from that, but after I’d worked for a few months, I wanted to do something more exciting, more adventurous, to build something from ground-up and have lots of people use it.”
“So I asked my friends to join me. We built Fourleaf privately, and after three months we had a beta version ready for our target users. I was proud to see that they were impressed, and we got our first customer not long after that.”
Subsequently, things moved fast for the startup as it captured many hotel customers in south of Thailand, including popular tourist destinations such as Phuket and Krabi. In 2013, it became a Corporate Partner of telco AIS.
It has also won the APICTA (Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology Alliance) Merit Award 2014.
Even in the face of these successes, Nimakul doesn’t believe in resting, as he outlines future plans. “We plan to expand our service to all regions in Thailand, and subsequently to Southeast Asia and beyond. We also have plans to add more features to our product, such as room automation, TV remote control, as well as the integration of third party services such as flight bookings and movies. To do this, we’re now looking for funding, and we believe Echelon is a good place to find investors,” he concluded.
Echelon 2014 is a two-day Startup, Technology and Business event where Asia’s most innovative startups, early-stage investors and tech industry leaders as well as tech media, gather to celebrate and build Asia’s growing tech industry, as well as make valuable relationships.
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