Sergey PetrossovSergey Petrossov is the young entrepreneur who founded JetSmarter in 2012. JetSmarter's skillful technology, management, and advisory teams - many of whom are credited with successful project execution for NASA, Nokia, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Uber - bring a combined experience of more than 100 years in technology, private air travel and logistics to the table.
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.
How we are going to do it is the next question, but we are taking baby steps to get there.” If JetSmarter is indeed able to make private jet travel more affordable, then that's going to result in a major evolution in the way we as ordinary consumers choose how to travel - which is certainly a rather exciting prospect to look forward to.
Also, this is the only travel and transportation market that has not gone digital, and this is really where the a-ha” moment happened for me. I realized that this industry needed to go online and go digital, so I began meeting with a lot of operators.
It's been a wild few months for Sergey Petrossov, the 28-year-old founder and CEO of JetSmarter, which hopes to be the Uber of private jet service and has gained high-profile investors like the Saudi Royal Family and Jay Z. In December, it garnered a giant $105 million round of financing that pushed the private company's valuation to $1.5 billion.
While Petrossov says membership fees for JetSmarter aren't protected, and the company doesn't offer jet card type products, he said some customers do want to put money into an account to use for future travel and JetSmarter will arrange to escrow those funds.
With JetSmarter, he focuses on how to make air travel more convenient and accessible , but also on how to improve the lifestyles of his members — the biggest draw of JetSmarter for a lot of its members is being able to fly privately with other like-minded individuals who place a lot of importance on style and luxury.
His business model includes unique benefits for members who pay the annual membership fee, including helicopter services and free one-way flights Sergey Petrossov Miami, Florida. and shuttles between popular destinations. Ultimately, JetSmarter allows those with a lower net worth the ability to book private flights.
The use of smartphone apps would make immediate reservations a possibility, in the same way that users of online taxi services like Uber can make instant cab bookings. Now, Sergey Petrossov has a phone app that will let people do all of this from their smart device.
Before launching JetSmarter, Petrossov co-founded two IT projects: an online chat system for website customer service and a distance-learning platform for Russian-speaking educational institutions. The greater the number of members, Mr Petrossov continues, the greater the number of flights, and the more attractive the proposition becomes to both existing and new customers.
Members are able to book private jets in a matter of minutes, right from the palm of their hand. Sergey Petrossov, CEO of JetSmarter, came up with the idea after a few frustrating moments of booking his own private travel. To join JetSmarter costs $15,000 a year to gain access, Petrossov said, and members then pay for the flights or other services.