Travis Kalanick

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Uber

The smart, opinionated CEO has barreled through the ground transportation industry with all the delicacy of a rabid bull in a china shop. He’s done such a masterful...

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Brian Chesky

Co-founder and CEO
Airbnb

The story is famous: As starving students, Brian Chesky and his Rhode Island School of Design roommates thought they might make extra cash by charging guests to sleep on air mattresses in...

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Brad Gerstner

Founder and CEO at Altimeter, Founder and Chairman, Room 77
Altimeter / Room 77

Altimeter Capital Founder and Chairman Brad Gerstner is a serial entrepreneur and venture...

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Max Rayner

Partner
Hudson Crossing 

Partner Max Rayner spearheads Hudson Crossing’s strategy and transactions’ practice after having a hand in development of numerous innovative products and services....

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Aaron Gowell

Founder and CEO
SilverRail Technologies 

SilverRail Technologies CEO Aaron Gowell co-founded the rail-ticketing technology platform in 2009 and has since been named to a slew of “who’s who in...

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Robert Patterson

Vice President, Content and Social Strategy
MMGY

As MMGY’s VP for Content and Social Strategy, Robert Patterson isn’t content to simply remain in the executive suite. Selected to join the Google Glass...

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Giorgos Zacharia

Chief Technology Officer
KAYAK

KAYAK’s TV commercials tout the travel search engine’s ease of use. Chief Technology Officer Giorgos Zacharia wants to make KAYAK even more user-friendly. The search engine already...

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Steve Huffman

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer
Hipmunk

When Hipmunk Co-Founder and CTO Steve Huffman was in a long-distance relationship, he was often confounded by the mess he’d find when he would go online to book...

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Steve Kaufer

President & CEO
TripAdvisor

One of the reasons TripAdvisor President and CEO Steve Kaufer is so influential is that the company has acquired nearly 30 startups since 2006, shuttering some and growing others. Kaufer runs TripAdvisor as if it...

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Sam Shank

CEO
Hotel Tonight

Early in his career, Sam Shank served as director Wes Craven’s assistant on the movie Scream. He lists “laundry” in the job description, and this attention to other people’s creature...

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Joel Cutler

Managing Director
General Catalyst

General Catalyst Managing Director Joel Cutler has founded and ran all kinds of companies in all kinds of industries, from travel technology to ATM systems to...

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Glenn Fogel

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning
Priceline Group

With a background in asset management and investment banking, EVP Glenn Fogel heads up the...

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Brian Camposano

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Concur 

Concur’s cloud-based business travel platform handles everything from booking flights to itineraries to expense reports. The company’s stated mission is to lead...

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Michael Small

President and CEO
GoGoAir

On any given airline flight, only about seven percent of passengers purchase in-flight WiFi. But Michael Small, President and CEO of Gogo Air, which has equipped more than 4,000 planes...

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Ellen Keszler

President & CEO
Clear Sky Associates

Ellen Keszler is a travel industry veteran, who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Sky Associates, a management and strategy consulting firm focused on the technology and...

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Valyn Perini

Senior Vice President
Kalibri Labs

Valyn Perini is a veteran of the travel industry, currently serving as Senior Vice President of Kalibri Labs. She’s worked for hotel companies like InterContinental,...

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Barrie Seidenberg

Chief Executive Officer
Viator

Viator CEO Barrie Seidenberg joined the company in 2005 after a stint from 1995 to 2000 as Chief Marketing Officer at Preview Travel, one of the first online travel ventures,...

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Geoff Lewis

Partner
Founders Fund 

Founders Fund Partner Geoff Lewis sits on the board of one of his company’s most disruptive investments, car-sharing startup Lyft, and he...

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Jim Davidson

President and CEO
Farelogix

Farelogix President and CEO Jim Davidson came to the company in 2005 and immediately shook up the airline IT space. Nearly a decade later, Davidson and Farelogix continue to...

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Michael Moritz

Chairman
Sequoia Capital 

Sequoia Capital’s recent investment in Scotland-based Skyscanner is just the latest in a long line of deals with travel-tech startups,...

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Carl Shepherd

Co-founder and Chief Strategy and Development Officer 
HomeAway  

Chief Strategy and Development Officer Carl Shepherd co-founded HomeAway with CEO Brian Sharples in 2005. The company’s acquisitions...

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Brian O’Malley

Partner
Accel Partners

Partner Brian O’Malley came to Palo Alto-based Accel Partners from New York’s Battery Ventures in late 2013. Founded in 1983, Accel has a long and prolific history in the travel...

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Erik Blachford

Venture Partner
TCV

Venture partner Erik Blachford has been with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) since 2011. Blachford, formerly president and CEO of Expedia and IAC Travel, has helped guide the firm’s...

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Philippe Vimard

Chief Technology Officer
eDreams Odigeo

While companies like Expedia and Travelzoo continue to bet on lodging for their revenue streams, eDreams Odigeo — Europe’s third largest online travel agency —...

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Drew Patterson

CEO
Room 77

Drew Patterson’s role of CEO at  hotel search startup Room 77 is just his latest endeavor in 15 years in the online travel space. His experience launching two startups and...

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Marina Kolesnik

Founder and CEO
Travel.ru 

Founder and CEO of Travel.ru Marina Kolesnik is a serial entrepreneur with a great track record. Before Travel.ru, the graduate of the Harvard Business School and former McKinsey...

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Krista Pappas

Chief Operating Officer
DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.

Way back in 1996-97, Krista Pappas was the first professional analyst to cover Internet travel, and she’s still widely revered for her ability to...

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Cheryl Rosner

Co-founder and CEO
Stayful

Cheryl Rosner co-founded Stayful in 2013, targeting “self-directed travelers” who do their own research, prefer boutique hotels, and don’t mind negotiating for the rate they...

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Philip Wolf

Founder (retired)
PhoCusWright 

Philip Wolf has been everywhere lately. The PhoCusWright founder is now retired from an executive role, but he says he’s “actively retired,” and continues to be a...

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Henry Harteveldt

Founder 
Atmosphere Research Group

Travel industry and consumer analyst, researcher and co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group, Henry Harteveldt is a travel industry thought leader, and companies of every stripe...

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Launching Skift30: Trave...

Today, we’re launching Skift30: Travel’s Top Online Movers and Shakers, highlighting the executives shaping...

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