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PublicNASDAQ:KYAK
Date8/2012
Raised
Post IPO Valuation
Acquired byPriceline
Date11/2012

General Information

Websitekayak.com
Blogblog.kayak.com
Twitter@KAYAK
CategorySearch
Phone2038993100
Employees101
Founded1/2004
Descriptiontravel search engine

Offices

Headquarters
55 N. Water Street
Suite 1
Norwalk, CT, 06854
USA
Technology
300 Baker Ave
Suite 380
Concord, MA, 01742
USA

People

CEO and Co-founder
CMO
SVP of Engineering
Chief Scientist
Director, Business Development
CTO and Co-founder
General Counsel
EVP Business Development
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Acquisitions

Total$180M
Swoodoo, 5/2010
SideStep, 12/2007 $180M

Funding

TOTAL $229M
FUNDING TOTAL $229M
Series A, 1/2004
AOL
General Catalyst Partners
$8.5M
Series B, 12/2004
AOL
General Catalyst Partners
Sequoia Capital
$7M
Series C, 5/2006
Accel Partners
$11.5M
Series D, 12/2007
Accel Partners
General Catalyst Partners
Gold Hill Capital
Lehman Brothers
Norwest Venture Partners
Oak Investment Partners
Sequoia Capital
Trident Capital
SVB Financial Group
$196M
Venture Round, 8/2012
$6M
DEBT TOTAL $6.02M
Debt, 8/2012
$6.02M

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KAYAK

KAYAK is a travel search engine. It indexes hundreds of global travel sites to help you find the right flight, hotel, rental car or cruise line. Once you’ve found the way you want to travel, KAYAK allows you to choose from which site you want to make your purchases.

The company was formed in January 2004 by co-founders of leading online travel agencies, Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia. The company co-founders include Steve Hafner (CEO) a co-founder of Orbitz, Paul English (CTO) a former VP of technology at Intuit, Terrell Jones (Chairman), founder of Travelocity, and Greg Slyngstad (Director), founder of Expedia. KAYAK is headquartered in Norwalk, CT and has an R&D center in Concord, MA. The company launched a beta site in May of 2004, and launched publicly in January of 2005.

KAYAK maintains advertising agreements with over 4,000 travel suppliers and online travel agencies including nearly every leading airline globally, most global hotel and car rental operators, and the leading online travel agencies including Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and Priceline. The company also has several affiliate marketing partnerships. KAYAK provides white-label products within other branded web sites including America Online, Comcast, USA Today, Roadrunner, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Pricerunner, and About.com.

KAYAK technology is built on a Java, Apache and Linux platform. It uses XML-HTTP and Javascript to create a rich UI.

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KAYAK screenshot
Above: KAYAK Screenshot
Uploaded: 12/10/09

Products

KAYAK

Websitekayak.com
Blogkayak.com/news
StageLive
Launch DateJanuary 14, 2004
Tags travel, search

KAYAK products include flight, hotel and car rental searches, including additional search features such as multi-city searches, flexible date searches, weekend searches and a large number of filtering tools. The site provides searches for cruise ships, vacation packages and special promotional offers or deals across the websites that it searches. The site also provides a number of other features including: calculating additional fees that may not be included in the listed price, such as extra baggage fees; alerts for price changes based on desired price, destination and date parameters; and mobile applications for iPhones and Blackberry devices.

The TravelPost site includes hotel reviews and hotel information from thousands of online travel sites, hotel sites and review sites. KAYAK also operates an advertising network across its sites and its affiliate sites.

KAYAK screenshot
Above: Screenshot
Uploaded: 12/10/09

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Sources

  1. Priceline buys Kayak in $1.8B deal (masshightech.com) [edit]
  2. kayak-swoops-on-german-travel-search-engine-swoodoo (eu.techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. xconomy (xconomy.com) [edit]
  4. wp.kayak.com [edit]
  5. wp.kayak.com [edit]
  6. americanventuremagazine.com [edit]
  7. techcrunch.com [edit]
  8. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  9. Kayak raises $6M through stock offering (masshightech.com) [edit]
  10. Kayak Partners With Travelocity To Take Direct Hotel Reservations (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Kayak Updates Its IPO Filing, Takes A $15 Million Charge To Kill Sidestep.com (businessinsider.com) [edit]
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