Social traveling taken to a new level
When we came across Triple, a marketplace that connects curious travellers with passionate local hosts, it immediately sparked our interest. We sat down with one of the founders, Joakim Grönvall, to talk about the idea behind the company, good work culture and how wellbeing plays an important role in the way they run their business.
How was the idea of Triple born?
The idea behind Triple came from the problem that most people face today; feeling like a tourist when traveling. My co-founders and I are passionate travellers, and one thing we have in common and connect on, is that we all have had the best and most memorable travel experiences when we’ve been meeting locals and learning about their culture, been introduced to their favorite places etc.
How does it work?
Triple is a marketplace where passionate and outgoing individuals can organise their own activities, and earn money by acting as hosts in their hometowns; showcasing their personal and unique experiences ‘off the beaten path’. Hosts share their knowledge or craft, by connecting through the platform with travellers to give them a taste of the city they live in through the eyes of a local. Triple enables tourists to feel like locals when they travel, discover activities in various cities, rate hosts, and experience hassle free payments when booking, all through the platform. Triple is available in Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris and London.
Tell us about your team and your company’s core values!
We have an ambitious and talented team here at Triple HQ, and all of them embody our company core values, some of which include being authentically yourself and thinking big. The atmosphere we have, and aim to continue to foster, is openness and communication, and a strong team spirit.
Trust, empowerment and flexibility amongst colleagues is important!
What is a healthy work environment for you?
I think trust, empowerment and flexibility amongst colleagues is important for a healthy workplace, this way everyone is able to feel that they are putting their best effort into the work that they do, and there’s a good energy amongst the team that really helps us to grow together, rather than tearing us apart.
How much do you value wellness and well-being at work?
Wellness and wellbeing is a big part of people’s personal life, and it should be just as relevant in the workplace. Wellbeing to me isn’t just about being healthy physically, but mentally, and it’s important that both are supported and encouraged.
How do you encourage that as CEO?
The work environment is very important to me as people spend most of their days at the workplace. In Russia, where I was CEO at a company before moving back to Stockholm, we gave all our employees motorized desks so that they could alternate sitting and standing. Something that in Russia was such a good and interesting perk we even ended up on television showcasing our office. If someone needs to work from home one day to be with their sick child, or if one of the team wants to take a break due to a personal matter, we support, keep a good line of communication, and allow that type of flexibility. We also like for everyone working with us to visit the activities on our platform, so they can really engage first-hand with the product we work with. I often find that this leads to a happier and more committed employee who works even harder to achieve their work goals.
If you could implement something new to encourage a new routine to promote life balance and wellbeing within your team, what would it be?
My intention is that as we grow we will have the opportunity to help our team to stay healthy by giving them perks to help improve the work/life balance. Such initiatives could include e.g. paid for gym or yoga memberships or even paid for healthy food in the office. Giving people the options to become more effective is also something that I have close to heart. Working from home is such an initiative. This opportunity is something that has been shown in many case studies to improve the work/life balance, as well as employee loyalty and effectiveness.
What are the future plans for Triple?
We’re looking to expand into more cities in the next year, and hope to grow our activity offering, with the aim of really allowing more travellers to engage in the most memorable and unique local experiences when they travel.
Name: Joakim Grönvall
Lives in: Stockholm, Sweden
Favorite Triple activity: Cheese making together with a true Parisian in their family owned cheese shop.
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Private