Rome2rio secures $450,000 in funding and hires new team members

Published May 29, 2012
We are excited to announce that Rome2rio has just closed a $450,000 seed funding round. Investors in the round are the Melbourne entrepreneurs Guy King & Bevan Clark — founders and former owners of RetailMeNot, which was acquired recently by Whaleshark — and a leading Online Travel Agency based in Asia. Funds from the raising will go towards new hires in the engineering team, and a concentrated effort on the business development front. 

Rod Cuthbert will be joining Rome2rio as Interim CEO. Rod is the founder and former CEO of Viator, a successful tours and activities marketplace that he founded in Sydney and grew into a successful international business. Rod has recently returned from San Francisco to live in Melbourne, and brings a wealth of experience in the travel industry to Rome2rio.

Rome2rio will also use the funds to bolster its engineering team, with another new hire starting in June.

To say a big thanks to the startup community, we hosted drinks on Friday at our new home at co-working space Inspire9. The folks at i9 have been especially supportive to us over the last year, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the vibrant community growing in Melbourne’s inner city suburb of Richmond.

The reported lack of angel funding in Australia, and brain drain of technology entrepreneurs has been a hot topic lately in the media here. In response, I’ll publish a blog post later this week with a frank description of our own fundraising experiences. We’ll follow-up with a blog post explaining why we have chosen to base ourselves in Australia, and the advantages and disadvantages we face with that choice. 


Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at