Meet the Team

Stride is lovingly crafted by an international team located around the world. We are headquartered in beautiful San Francisco, California, steps away from some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Our team has many years of experience working in multiple industries including online travel, travel writing, technology, design, travel photography and more. We've worked at Kayak, Viator, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Intrepid Travel plus written numerous travel guide and photography books. Our investors and advisor have started and run leading travel and tech companies and products including Hipmunk, JetBlue, Liftopia, and Google Now.

Our Leadership Team


Gavin Delany

Gavin Delany Founder & CEO

Gavin has worked in the online travel industry since 2001 working for suppliers, marketplaces, and meta-search companies with significant startup leadership experience. He's held executive and leadership positions at Viator (acquired by TripAdvisor for $200M), Zozi, Kayak, Starwood Hotels and Bain & Co. He has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Harvard. Gavin has traveled to over 45 countries on six continents and has long been a passionate adventure traveler, enjoying both independent travel and group tours. When not bringing Stride into the world, Gavin is hiking in the Bay Area with his wife and his dog Athena.

One of Gavin's favorite travel experiences was hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, though his real travel passion is close encounters with wildlife. He has touched a lion on the open African savannah, been chased by crocodiles on the Zambezi river after being tossed from his raft in rapids, had a bear swim up to his canoe in Virginia, dived with sharks in Belize, spied the rare giant otters deep in the Amazon, glimpsed the elusive Cassowary - which some think is the closest living link to dinosaurs - in the jungles of Queensland. Most recently he was held up at teeth point by a wild tibetan macaque on his leg while climbing the sacred buddhist mountain Emei Shan in China. On his honeymoon.


 

David

David Paluy CTO

David is a serial entrepreneur having cofounded three startups. His hands-on experience covers full stack development of high load secure and scalable solutions for global well known vendors such as PWC, Gartner, Conduit, multiple investment funds and a variety of startups. David has over 15 years of experience establishing and managing global technical teams.

Born in Russia, raised mostly in Israel, and frequent international traveler, David is a true global citizen. He enjoys hiking, sailing and drinking good Italian wine. David hikes extensively in northern California, the southeastern US and across Europe.

One of the most interesting hiking experiences was The Israel National Trail - a mix of various flora and fauna, different landscapes, an ancient world with modern life style and a diversity of cultures. The trail length is over 680 miles, but you probably will visit more places around the trail, like Jerusalem, Old Jaffa and Makhtesh Ramon Crater.


Paul Padhariya

Paul Padhariya Head of Engineering

Paul is a veteran full stack engineer with many years experience leading integrated technology teams. He has deep roots in the travel tech industry, working as a developer for Flight Network as well as building a leading hotel booking engine. Paul enjoys the challenge of managing and delivering complex web-based and mobile products, and has acted as Project Manager for various tech consultancies in the past.

When he's not developing cool new features for Stride, he enjoys driving in the countryside with his wife. Paul's favorite trip so far was to Goa. His favorite international trip was to Romania. He is looking forward to his next trip, most likely to the Maldives.

 

Renu KharbujaRenu Kharbuja Head of Operations

Renu worked at Wells Fargo in customer relations after graduating from San Francisco State with a degree in Finance, getting promoted twice. Seeking a different challenge, she was attracted to the travel industry given her experience growing up in Nepal and working with her family import/export business going across border to Tibet and China frequently. Beginning in supplier relations, she now leads Operations, working with the engineering team and supplier partners to ensure travelers find the best trips with accurate information and suppliers have a productive experience connecting with new customers..

Renu loves outdoor experiences when she travels. One of her favorite travel memories is riding elephants through Chitwan National Experience in Nepal. She’s visited most of the national parks in the western United States, her favorite is Yosemite where she loves hiking to Yosemite Point.  After visiting Hawaii she’s become an avid snorkeler. Next on her travel bucket list, Japan!

Renu is on the leaderboard of Stride Ping Pong tournaments, beating Samantha regularly.


Samantha ScottSamantha Scott Editor in Chief and Content Marketing Manager

Samantha began her marketing career in the wine industry before moving into travel in 2015. She has two bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied Experimental Film and Animation (BFA), and History (BA). At B.R. Cohn Winery she managed content marketing and social media. She also helped oversee the redesign of the B.R. Cohn consumer website. As a writer, Samantha has contributed to many travel websites including Wanderlust & Lipstick and Tripping. At Stride she leads Marketing and is an SEO ninja.

Samantha has been an avid traveler her entire life, visiting 15 different countries around the world, and living in Australia and Hungary for extended periods. She went on her first guided tour to Japan, and is a bona-fide convert to this mode of travel. Topping her list of favorite travel experiences are: glacier walking in New Zealand, seeing Uluru at sunrise in Australia, and visiting a small winery in remote Hungary. She is passionate about cultural travel and historical sightseeing, but loves a good adrenaline rush as well! Bungee Jumping in New Zealand remains one of her most thrilling travel experiences. Next on her travel bucket list is definitely an African Safari.

Has a mostly friendly ping-pong rivalry with Renu. Currently she beats her at foosball. So it’s ok.


 

Our Investors

 

Stride is backed by tech and travel industry titans and pioneers.


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NFX 

Formerly the NFX Guild, Stride was part of their Summer 2017 accelerator class. Managing partners include Pete Flint, founder of Trulia, James Currier, Silicon Valley's expert on network effect businesses and growth hacking, and Gigi Levi-Weiss, Israel's 'top angel' investor (www.nfx.com).

 

 

 

JetBlueJohn Owen

John Owen is a co-founder and former EVP and CFO of JetBlue Airways as well as former Treasurer of Southwest Airlines.  He is now an active full time angel investor, focused on travel, medical device and clean tech companies.

 

 


HipmunkAdam Goldstein 

Adam Goldstein is Co-founder and CEO of Hipmunk, the innovative travel metasearch site, and is a travel and technology angel investor.




Google NowBaris Gultekin 

Baris Gultekin is Co-founder of Google Now - a cross-platform assistant that gives you the information you need, when you need it. He's also an entrepreneur and angel investor.





TDG VenturesTDG Ventures 

TDG Ventures is the technology investment arm of Philippines-based conglomerate Transnational Diversified Group (www.tdgworld.com).


Tours & Operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by:

  • National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure
  • Outside, The New York Times
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