Thursday, December 1, 2011

Inspirato Named One of America's Most Promising Companies by Forbes

Inspirato, the new lifestyle standard in luxury travel, has been acknowledged as a part of Forbes' list of America's Most Promising Companies.

"This affirms our position as not only a fast-paced, quickly developing private business but also the fastest growing location club within the world," stated Brent Handler, CEO and founder of Inspirato. "Today, I celebrate this news using the whole business and my fellow founders Brian Corbett, Martin Pucher and my brother, Brad Handler. We are honored by Forbes' recognition of Inspirato as a high-growth, private company."

Forbes‘ list of America's Most Promising Businesses features 100 privately held up-and-comers with compelling business models, powerful management teams, notable clients, strategic partners and valuable investment capital.

"Sizing up younger, privately held businesses is difficult: Their fortunes can change extremely rapidly and there's a dearth of public data," stated Forbes Executive Editor Brett Nelson. "We took a much more complete approach to evaluate their well being and possible."

To sharpen its search, Forbes teamed up with CB Insights, a Manhattan-based data firm that tracks investment in high-growth private companies. With $650,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation, CB has created complicated software program known as Mosaic that mines myriad on-line sources (from press releases and social networks to job boards and court filings) to come up with one, algorithmically derived score that measures a private company's health. Forbes married Mosaic's data-crunching with old-fashioned reporting to assemble a list of increasing stars with vibrant development prospects. To view the total the list, please visit

Primarily based in Denver and launched in January 2011, Inspirato was ranked No. 94 around the list. Among its noted milestones and accomplishments was its current $17.5 million in equity funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). The luxury travel brand boasts much more than 85 residences in 25 destinations, and more than 900 memberships sold to date.

To view Inspirato's entry within the America's Most Promising Businesses list, please go to

Designed specifically for today's economic reality, Inspirato offers the best of location club consistency and service, while incorporating the value and flexibility of villa rentals. The company's mission is to revolutionize the way luxury travelers spend quality vacation time with their family and friends. By leasing its vacation properties (rather than owning), Inspirato is able to keep membership fees low, offer up to 80 percent off market rates, and easily add homes and destinations as demand increases. The company's innovative company model has led to rapid growth since its January 2011 launch, placing Inspirato at the forefront of the "luxury for less" movement.

Access to Inspirato's personalized travel services and advisors, club-managed portfolio of much more than $150 million in vacation homes, and exclusive discounted everyday rates, is available for an Initiation Fee of only $15,000 and a small Annual Membership Fee of $2,500. There are no complicated restrictions; members travel as much or as little as they like. Inspirato residences are outfitted using the highest quality amenities and located in popular destinations including Italy, Mexico, Hawaii, California, South Carolina, the Caribbean and Colorado. Beyond luxury residences there is Inspirato Metropolitan, a collection of select fine hotel and resorts in the hottest destinations around the globe, and Inspirato Experiences, offering expertly curated vacation adventures.

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