Sergey Petrossov28-year-old CEO and founder of JetSmarter, Sergey Petrossov, had a great idea when he took a chance and started a new kind of company. JetSmarter allows people to book their flights from anywhere in the world at any time they may need to. JetSmarter does not own any jets of their own, but they do work with some of the biggest airlines so there are always flights available to their clients.
Before launching JetSmarter, Petrossov, who was named as one of Forbes' 30-under-30 and one of South Florida's Top Working Professionals, co-founded two IT projects: an online chat system for website customer service and a distance-learning platform for Russian-speaking educational institutions.
If you compare JetSmarter to Uber , whose app is strictly digital and connects millions of rides a day, JetSmarter has a much higher level of touch because we don't have to connect millions of rides a day, we have to connect thousands of trips a year.
The company is now valued at over $1 billion which is pretty rare for a privately-owned company In 2015 the company had less than 50 employees, and in 2016 they launched the majority of cities that JetSmarter is now available in. New jobs were created all over and they now have more than 260 employees and the company continues to grow.
JetSmarter aggregates prices and availability from hundreds of aviation companies and sells flights in three ways: as a regular charter service, which lets passengers customize their trip based on destination and aircraft, a deals option in which one-way flights are free for members (who pay $9,000 a year) and at highly discounted rates for all app users, and the JetShuttle service which allows travelers to book a single seat on already scheduled flights.
Utilizing his previous experience co-founding two IT companies and serving as a board advisor to a private jet operator based in South Florida, Petrossov created a user-friendly app allowing travelers to order flights with top-rated private jet operators.
As for private aviation, I quickly ascertained that there was something missing from the industry—the ease of booking flights quickly via a mobile app, that's it. With the creation of JetSmarter, we've simplified the booking process, provided free and discounted flights to regular travelers and consumers, and grown the company globally as we continue to solve problems for people.
All images courtesy of Jetsmarter. Sergey Petrossov: Founder, Chairman & CEO of JetSmarter A look at how Sergey Petrossov plans to turn the private jet industry on its Sergey Petrossov ear. I also served as a board advisor to a private jet operator based in South Florida, who at the time had the world's largest on-demand Gulfstream charter fleet.
Galvez is no longer using his $97,500 JetSmarter membership. In the Sunshine State , Sergey went to high school and while he was there, Petrossov attempted to start a business that distributed car tire rims. People's lifestyles are continuously enhanced by technology, so Petrossov never stops thinking about how to make the most of all of the gadgets and devices that people have at their fingertips.
Petrossov was introduced to technology and computer science while enrolled at the University of Florida. Then, in early 2017, Gennady Barsky, JetSmarter's president was arrested and charged with grand theft. Having worked in IT before, I wondered whether these could be addressed with technology, and the owner assured me that this business is relationship-driven because people like to talk on the phone.
He sold the company when he graduated and pocketed some cash вЂ enough so he could afford to charter jets for fun with friends. While the world of private jets is nothing new, the JetSmarter method is. People are used to calling someone and booking a private charter by signing physical papers.