Acquired by KAYAK on December 1, 2007
Funding Received
$32 Million in 4 Rounds from 5 Investors
November 1, 1999
Santa Clara, CA
SideStep is a travel search engine that generates revenue via advertising and referral fees.
Ticketing, Hotels, Travel

Detailed Description


SideStep is a metasearch engine for travel which makes money through advertising and referral fees. It searches more than 200 websites looking for the best travel deals.

SideStep has recently been aggressive in building up its offerings. They acquired TripUp (a social network focused on travel) and (a hotel ratings site) with the goal of becoming "the leader in online travel related information." In addition, they have launched two Facebook applications. The Trips Facebook application provides a trip planning service that currently has over 150,000 users. The Extended Info application allows users to add fields and categories of their own choice to a Facebook profile. SideStep is also developing a Facebook App for TripUp that should be launched later in the year.

SideStep was acquired in December 2007 by their nearest competitor Kayak for roughly $180,000,000.

Other popular travel metasearch sites and SideStep competitors include Cheapflights, Farechase, Mobissimo and Qixo.

Past Team (7)


Funding Rounds (4) - $32M


Board Members and Advisors (1)


Products (1)

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    SideStep's metasearch tries to help users find the best deals in travel. When you search for...

Investors (5)

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    Norwest Venture Partners

    Venture Capital & Growth Equity Firm
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    Leader Ventures

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    Trident Capital

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    Saints Capital

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    Lehman Brothers

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Offices/Locations (1)

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    2980 Bowers Ave.

    Santa Clara, CA 95051


Competitors (5)

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    Cheapflights is a search and comparison site offering information on flight deals, travel agents...
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    Orbitz Worldwide

    Orbitz Worldwide is an online travel company that offers economical airfares, car rentals,...
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    Farecast is an online service that provides users with intelligent airfare predictions.
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    TripUp is an interactive travel community enabling members to connect with others, share their...
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    Mobissimo is a travel search engine that allows users to compare prices of airline tickets, hotel...