Media and Press

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Our Story

Shep was founded (as Complai) in late 2016 by a founding team with a combined 11 years of experience in the travel technology space. In addition to the core team,  advisors and investors include representatives from Fintech (Sofi, Visa), Travel (Expedia, Sabre, HomeAway, Kayak, American Airlines, Concur) and HR channel partnerships (Insperity).

After being embedded at a major global distribution system (GDS), working on integrating a startup’s technology into a booking tool, Shep co-founder and CEO Daniel Senyard realized that no matter how many bells and whistles a corporate booking tool has, travelers still want to book on their favorite sites.

And so Daniel, along with co-founders, Rey Garcia, and Rafael Torres, started Shep to eliminate the natural tension that exists between a company’s need for control and employees’ desire for freedom by allowing traveler autonomy and real-time manager/TMC visibility and reporting.

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Shep Tagline

“Manage the Unmanaged”

Shep Branding

Media Assets & Guidelines

Coverage

Awards

Business Travel News

Innovators You Should Know 2017

“Austin-based startup Shep, formerly known as Compl.ai, is a browser plug-in that facilitates open bookings that fall within the guidelines of a company’s travel policy. CEO Daniel Senyard spoke to BTN’s Julie Sickel about how the tool can help companies boost compliance.”

Runner-up at BTN Innovate & Flight Center partnership announcement

“Shep’s open booking policy and expense-capture tool was ‘one of the more forward-thinking business solutions’ presented during the Innovate competition…”
“Shep’s strategy of installing a layer of management on top of off-channel bookings will become increasingly important as the travel booking ecosystem evolves…”

PhocusWire

Phocuswire Hot25

“The Shep platform connects the world of corporate travel policy with the growing need to give employees greater flexibility to book their own travel.”

Skift

The Skift 2018 Corporate Travel Innovators List

“Corporate travel is extremely resistant to innovation because a select handful of gatekeepers make it difficult for new entrants to gain access to the content and data that is needed. These players are driving the industry forward by fixing how travelers book and experience business travel.”

Features

Austin Business Journal

Shep Accepted into Plug and Play Travel and Hospitality Accelerator

Austin Startups

Austin AI Startups Raised More Than $50 Million in 2017

Austinpreneur’s SXSW 2018 Wrap-up

The American Genius

How I pitched the CEO of Reddit onstage at SXSW with no notice by Daniel Senyard

Built In Austin

5 Austin tech teams welcome new leadership, including former execs from Netflix and Travelocity

Business Travel News

Shep Pivots to Enterprise Clients

Smaller Players That Are Finding Their Niche

The Beat

Shep Browser Extension, Which Polices Web Shopping, Starts Small, Unmanaged

The Company Dime

Startup applies policy to web buys for small businesses

Nineteenth Century Tech joins SEO, Data Mining in Business Travel Startup Marketing

FINSMES

Moonshots Capital Closes Seed-Stage Venture Capital Fund, at $20M

How I Raised It

How I raised it with Daniel Senyard of Shep

HRPartner

5 Employee Induction Best Practices from HR Experts

Plug and Play

Plug and Play Announces 158 Startups Accepted Into Their Final Batches Of The Year (Winter 2018)

Shep in Plug and Play Winter 2018 Batch 6

PYMNTS

The Key To Changing Employee Travel Booking Behavior? Don’t Fight It

Silicon Hills News

At Capital Factory, Shep Founder Pitches Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on the Fly at SXSW

Travel Tech Con 2018

15 finalists of Travel Tech Con 2018 Pitch Competition announced!

#TTC2018 Lineup is Live

512 Tech

Austin startup’s founder gets a surprise chance to pitch Reddit CEO Steve Huffman at SXSW

Venture Beat

Complai Raises $1.4M Seed Round to Save Growing Companies on Their Second Largest Expense Travel

Voyager HQ

5 TRENDS HAPPENING IN BUSINESS TRAVEL, AND THE STARTUPS MAXIMIZING THEM