We Acquired GPSies
In April we acquired iFootpath, the #1 paid travel app in the UK. In July we acquired Trails.com, the website that started it all back in 1999. And today we are announcing that we have acquired German-based GPSies to help expand our footprint across Europe. Needless to say, things have been crazy over here 🙂
In addition to cultivating an awesome community of over 1 million self-proclaimed vagabonds across Europe, Klaus has built out an amazing amount of functionality on his platform. We know that we have our work cut out for us to port over all of the best routing and editing features from GPSies.com over to AllTrails, and we’ll be working together with Klaus on this over the next few months until we get there. We’ve already added the ability to support Russian and Hebrew characters, and we’ve rebuilt our map routing engine from the ground up to better support road cyclists and on-road activities. We’ll be tackling the GPX converter next so that users can export their files into multiple formats including KML, KMZ, TCX, and more.
In the meantime we’ll continue to host and support the GPSies.com website, and all existing GPSies users will still have access to make their own tracks, convert them, and use GPSies the way they have in the past.
To the GPSies community members, we understand that transitions like this can be confusing, so we thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please visit our help page or email email@example.com. Klaus has built a strong and dedicated GPSies community, and we look forward to sharing our common values and love of the outdoors with more users across the globe. We hope you come along with us for the ride.
Here is a copy of our press release:
AllTrails® Acquires German Trails App GPSies
Purchase Solidifies Brand’s Global Presence and Expands European Trail Network
SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — AllTrails, the most trusted and used digital guide to the outdoors, announced today the acquisition of German-based outdoor recreation platform, GPSies. The deal further enhances AllTrails’ trail coverage across Europe and cements its position as the most comprehensive global resource for outdoor recreation.
Since its founding in 2006, GPSies has helped hikers, walkers and cyclists across the EU plan outdoor activities with a robust library of user generated GPS recordings along with a powerful route planning tool for creating downloadable custom maps. “We are delighted to join AllTrails in our mutual goal of helping people embrace the outdoors,” said Klaus Bechtold, CEO of GPSies. “Together we can bring even more routes, services and information to a growing audience of people who are looking to spend more time outside enjoying nature.”
As part of the company’s effort to better serve trail-goers across the globe, AllTrails recently launched translated versions of its mobile apps and website, making all of its content available in German, French, and Spanish.
“Time spent in the outdoors is beneficial for everyone, improving both our physical and mental well being,” said Jade Van Doren, CEO of AllTrails. “By continuing to expand our presence in Europe, we are not only fulfilling our goal of helping people access nature more easily and safely, but also making a positive impact on people’s health.”
GPSies is AllTrails’ fourth acquisition; the company most recently acquired Trails.com in July 2019, UK based trails app iFootpath in April 2019, and EveryTrail in 2016. The company also recently received a $75 million investment from Spectrum Equity in October 2018 to help grow its overseas presence and expand trail data.
AllTrails helps people explore the outdoors with the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps as well as trail reviews and photos crowdsourced from its community of over 10 million hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. AllTrails is the #1 Outdoors app for iOS & Android with more than 15 million mobile downloads and reaches 47 million people each year through alltrails.com, the App Store and Google Play.
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