Lauren A. Koenig

Entrepreneur, Public Speaker in New York

Lauren A. Koenig

Entrepreneur, Public Speaker in New York

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Co-Founder and CEO of TWIP - Travel With Interesting People, Lauren is one of the emerging female stars of the travel-technology industry. Born and raised in the American Midwest, she began her career at the Ministry of Education in France and honed her travel-tech skills at The International Kitchen, the world-renowned international culinary tour operator in Chicago.

Throughout this time, Lauren weighed a question that had nearly stymied her move to France: How many would-be travelers don’t take the plunge, simply for fear of traveling alone?

She soon had her answer: Thirty-five million. In America alone.

Lauren had hit on a key gap in travel-tech, one that could be filled by social connection and a customized user experience. The problem, she knew, is that people are different away from home. This little-understood fact makes it difficult for travelers to find the right companions and for providers to identify their client base. Through scientific assessment of a person’s Travanality®, or travel identity, Lauren could match travelers to travelers, and travelers to experiences, stimulating demand while delivering original content and customized adventures.

Lauren recruited TWIP Co-Founder & CTO Heather Wilde (eighth employee of Evernote, credited with taking that company to 100,000,000 users around the world), and together they assembled an impressive team of travel and media veterans. Today, TWIP is hot off a People’s Choice accolade at the world’s largest travel-tech conference, 2017’s Phocuswright.

Distinguished alumna of the Women's StartUp Lab Accelerator in San Francisco, CA (class of Spring 2015) and the 20/20 Startups Accelerator in NYC (class of Fall 2016), Lauren has an abiding passion for travel, with favorites including Montreal, Prague, Beirut and South Africa.

Lauren lives in New York City and can be reached at Lauren@twip.co.

  • Work
    • CEO TWIP Corp.
  • Education
    • B.A. Ball State University