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About the Team

Cat Crews - Unanchor Editor Cat Crews

Cat lives at the beach in North Carolina and loves to play beach volleyball, go snowboarding, and read/plan/learn about all things travel. Like a typical American, she never stepped foot off U.S. soil until she was in her mid-20s. A few years later, Cat has now been to 9 countries but has never received a passport stamp! She’s a little embarrassed about the reason how but if you must know then get in touch with her and she will happily share the answer with you.

Cat is Unanchor’s first repeat customer. Since she loved the itinerary concept so much but was unsure of her knowledge to write itineraries, she jumped at the opportunity to get involved in another way. As Unanchor’s chief of itinerary editing and new writer correspondence, she gets to enjoy vicariously traveling around cities all over the world while preparing new itineraries for you!

Unanchor The Unanchor Story

Unanchor was originally founded by Jason Demant and Mohammad Forouzani. Unanchor began during Jason's year-long trip in 2010 through Asia. The constant frustration of figuring out what to do and how to get around sparked the idea. The "ah-ha moment" came during a stay in Beijing. While researching what to do, Jason found literally over a thousand attractions to see. How was one supposed to choose? And once you did, what was a smart way to plan the day and get around?

Jason settled down in South Korea for a couple months to solve this problem. He taught himself to code and launched the first version of the site. After launching, Jason realized the importance of a technical co-founder and began searching for one. He used the Hacker News Co-Founder Google Doc to advertise the opening. Mohammad found the ad, was impressed with the idea and reached out to Jason.

The next addition to the team was Cat Crews, who started by working with the itinerary writers to publish guides. Over time, her responsibilities grew to running the entire site. Due to family obligations, Jason and Mohammad had increasingly less time to dedicate to the site and at the end of 2014, Cat purchased the site from Jason and Mohammad. As they say, the rest is history.

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