Sergey Petrossov is the founder, chairman and CEO of JetSmarter.
A Moscow native, Petrossov created JetSmarter, which is a user-friendly app that allows travelers to order private flights with jet operators. Petrossov released the app in 2013. By 2017, Petrossov had raised $105 million from investors including Jay Z and the Saudi royal family. The private company’s estimated worth is $1.5 billion.
When he was four, Petrossov’s family moved to the United States and lived in California and Colorado. They eventually settled in Florida, and Petrossov attended college at the University of Florida. It’s also where he got the idea to start his flight business.
Petrossov took his first private-jet flight at the age of 21 when the owner of a private jet company in Florida let him fly on his plane. The private flight industry wasn’t very tech-savvy, but Petrossov was. He began researching the industry and realized that an app that allowed people to book private flights and jets was needed for business travelers and the rich and famous.
Ultimately, JetSmarter could become the “Uber” for private flying. Petrossov’s company partners with more than 800 carriers from around the world. Members pay an annual fee about $14,000 and have access to seats on jets. The JetSmarter app creates more private flights and members use the app to book travel to more than 170 countries.
Always thinking ahead, Petrossov is partnering with other luxury brands to create a traveling experience that includes curated meals by famous chefs and VIP packages that allow exclusive access to VIP events,
Petrossov, whose interests include travel and technology, has been listed on Forbes 30 under 30 for JetSmarter.