Acquired by on December 1, 2007
Total Equity Funding
$32M in 4 Rounds from 5 Investors
Santa Clara, California
SideStep is a travel search engine that generates revenue via advertising and referral fees.
Search Engine, Facebook, Advertising, Travel

Company Details

November 1, 1999
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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 TravelPost.com (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.

Funding Rounds (4) - $32M

DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Feb, 2007$15M / Series C4
Jan, 2004$8M / Series B1
Oct, 2000$6.8M / Series A1
Dec, 1999$2.2M / Series A1

Acquisitions (1)

Nov 17, 2006Unknown

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Products (1)

  • SideStep's metasearch tries to help users find the best deals in travel. When you search for a flight the results can be fine tuned based

Competitors (6)

  • Cheapflights is a search and comparison site offering information on flight deals, travel agents and flight deal providers.
  • Farecast is an online service that provides users with intelligent airfare predictions.
  • Jetcost is a metasearch engine specialized in travel. Its flight search engine compares real-time thousands of flights from online travel
  • Mobissimo is a travel search engine that allows users to compare prices of airline tickets, hotel bookings, travel deals, and rental cars.
  • Orbitz Worldwide is an online travel company, using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel.
  • TripUp is an interactive travel community enabling members to connect with others, share their travels, and access reviews.

Offices/Locations (1)

  • Office

    2980 Bowers Ave.

    Santa Clara, California 95051

    United States

Awards (1)

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