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How to Find Cheap Flights Using Kayak.com - Part 1 of 3 in Finding Cheap Flights Series
How to Find Cheap Flights Using Kayak.com - Part 1 of 3 in Finding Cheap Flights Series
Published: 2010/02/26
Channel: livingradically
Cheap Flights Travel Tip using Kayak.com Email Alerts
Cheap Flights Travel Tip using Kayak.com Email Alerts
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: HoboTraveler
Kayak.com CEOs talk online travel sites
Kayak.com CEOs talk online travel sites
Published: 2013/01/07
Channel: CBS News
Buscar vuelos KAYAK
Buscar vuelos KAYAK
Published: 2012/07/21
Channel: iPhoneA2.com
Funny Kayak Commercial
Funny Kayak Commercial
Published: 2013/01/12
Channel: Adam H
HOW TO GET CHEAP FLIGHTS
HOW TO GET CHEAP FLIGHTS
Published: 2015/12/13
Channel: Hey Nadine
¿Cómo usar Kayak?
¿Cómo usar Kayak?
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: MQLTV
Travel Tips || Kayak Explore For Finding Flights In Your Budget!
Travel Tips || Kayak Explore For Finding Flights In Your Budget!
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: The Travel Muse
Kaku Kahuna Kayak
Kaku Kahuna Kayak
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: Fishing with Luiza
Inside KAYAK
Inside KAYAK
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: KAYAK
Funny Kayak.com commercial
Funny Kayak.com commercial
Published: 2011/05/07
Channel: Sify35
Kayak Hotels Las Vegas - Kayak.com Pay Later
Kayak Hotels Las Vegas - Kayak.com Pay Later
Published: 2016/04/23
Channel: Hotels Global Hotel
Comparing FLIGHT COMPARISON WEBSITES! Skyscanner Vs. Momondo Vs. Kayak
Comparing FLIGHT COMPARISON WEBSITES! Skyscanner Vs. Momondo Vs. Kayak
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: PsychoTraveller
Kayak Ideias - Banco para kayak com encosto - Diy kayak Seat
Kayak Ideias - Banco para kayak com encosto - Diy kayak Seat
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: Marcos Pereira
KAYAK
KAYAK's Brain Surgery
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: selectionadawards
Tech Talk with Kayak.com Founder Paul English and Author Tracy Kidder
Tech Talk with Kayak.com Founder Paul English and Author Tracy Kidder
Published: 2016/10/03
Channel: Commonwealth Club
Kayak.com: Five-Man Search
Kayak.com: Five-Man Search
Published: 2011/09/17
Channel: Muzica Reclame
Kayak.com Hotels and Guide
Kayak.com Hotels and Guide
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: Stephanie Jackson
Kayak.Com
Kayak.Com
Published: 2010/04/17
Channel: Melinda Engelman
KAYAK te ayuda ahorrar hasta un 25%
KAYAK te ayuda ahorrar hasta un 25%
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: KAYAK México
Kayak.com Explore Tool Find Flight Deals from Where you are
Kayak.com Explore Tool Find Flight Deals from Where you are
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: Matthew Kramer
kayak com motor de moto roçadora 52cc.Estabilizadores artesanais.
kayak com motor de moto roçadora 52cc.Estabilizadores artesanais.
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: lufisantos
KAYAK.com Five-Man Search
KAYAK.com Five-Man Search
Published: 2014/07/11
Channel: Tam Bilet
TIPS PARA COMPRAR VUELOS BARATOS
TIPS PARA COMPRAR VUELOS BARATOS
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Los viajes de Charlotte
Southwest Airlines Kayak com
Southwest Airlines Kayak com
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Hotels Global Hotel
Kayak: La planificación de tu viaje comienza aquí
Kayak: La planificación de tu viaje comienza aquí
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Excélsior TV
Kayak: viaje pelo mundo gastando o mínimo possível #DicaDeApp
Kayak: viaje pelo mundo gastando o mínimo possível #DicaDeApp
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Canaltech
How to find airport closest to travel destination with Kayak.com
How to find airport closest to travel destination with Kayak.com
Published: 2012/02/02
Channel: HoboTraveler
Pesca de Kayak com motor eletrico
Pesca de Kayak com motor eletrico
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: KAFAS - Ricardo Passos
Man Wrestles Buffalo for KAYAK.COM
Man Wrestles Buffalo for KAYAK.COM
Published: 2010/10/19
Channel: iwearyourshirt
Kayak de mer à Venise avec voyage-kayak.com
Kayak de mer à Venise avec voyage-kayak.com
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: Voyage Kayak
Kayak com motor eletrico
Kayak com motor eletrico
Published: 2016/02/24
Channel: Vilmar Gotardo
Kayak.com: D-Day
Kayak.com: D-Day
Published: 2011/12/13
Channel: aduploader1
Frank from Kayak.com
Frank from Kayak.com
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: JesseEvanParker
iPad App Review: Kayak.com
iPad App Review: Kayak.com
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: This Week In Startups
Steve Hafner, founder/CEO KAYAK -- Startup Success Series at the Stamford Innovation Center
Steve Hafner, founder/CEO KAYAK -- Startup Success Series at the Stamford Innovation Center
Published: 2013/05/05
Channel: Stamford Innovation Center
kayak.com - los angeles
kayak.com - los angeles
Published: 2009/11/03
Channel: Jim Giza
Kayak.com - Forgive your son
Kayak.com - Forgive your son
Published: 2012/06/27
Channel: alberu
ScreenCast of Kayak.com - Amateur Traveler #1
ScreenCast of Kayak.com - Amateur Traveler #1
Published: 2006/03/23
Channel: Chris Christensen
KAYAK  las mejores ofertas de vuelos
KAYAK las mejores ofertas de vuelos
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: KAYAK México
DMA 2013: Terry Jones, CEO Kayak.com, "Listen to the Data"
DMA 2013: Terry Jones, CEO Kayak.com, "Listen to the Data"
Published: 2013/10/14
Channel: MarketingDirecto
Kayak.com Flippy Inspiration from Penn Station
Kayak.com Flippy Inspiration from Penn Station
Published: 2006/04/06
Channel: englishpaulm
Find a Hotel From Kayak com
Find a Hotel From Kayak com
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: Hotels Global Hotel
Kayak.com Commercial Roommates
Kayak.com Commercial Roommates
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: CAF16S
Kayak com Hotel Reservations Easy
Kayak com Hotel Reservations Easy
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: Hotels Global Hotel
Kayak.com
Kayak.com's Paul English | Founder Stories
Published: 2012/03/31
Channel: TechCrunch
Ellison Barber: The Idea Obamacare Would Be Like Kayak.com Is
Ellison Barber: The Idea Obamacare Would Be Like Kayak.com Is 'Absurd'
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Washington Free Beacon
Kayak com Tiagão
Kayak com Tiagão
Published: 2014/01/28
Channel: Leandro Amaral
Terry Jones - Fundador de Travelocity y Kayak.com
Terry Jones - Fundador de Travelocity y Kayak.com
Published: 2015/06/30
Channel: Allenamenti Speakers Bureau
KAYAKISTAS MULTIFUNCION - Amigos en Kayak.Com en salida con el Norte desde el CT
KAYAKISTAS MULTIFUNCION - Amigos en Kayak.Com en salida con el Norte desde el CT
Published: 2013/10/21
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KAYAK
Kayak Logo.svg
Type of business Subsidiary
Founded 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Steve Hafner
Paul M. English
Key people Steve Hafner (CEO)
Giorgos Zacharia (CTO)
Industry Travel
Technology
Search Engine
Revenue US$ 292.7 million (2012)[1]
Parent The Priceline Group
Subsidiaries swoodoo
checkfelix
Website www.kayak.com
Alexa rank

Decrease 619 (August 2016)

[2]
Launched May 5, 2004 (2004-05-05) (Alpha)[3]
October 2004 (2004-10) (Public Beta)[3]
February 7, 2005 (2005-02-07) (Public)[3]
Native client(s) on iOS, Android, watchOS, Amazon Alexa, Facebook Messenger

Kayak.com, sometimes styled as KAYAK, is a fare aggregator and travel metasearch engine operated by The Priceline Group.[4] Its products are available in 18 languages. The company also runs travel search engines checkfelix and swoodoo. Formerly a separate company, the KAYAK Software Corporation was acquired by The Priceline Group on May 21, 2013.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

KAYAK was founded in 2004[5] by Steve Hafner and Paul M. English. Before KAYAK, Steve Hafner, KAYAK's current CEO, helped found Orbitz in November 1999 and led its business development, advertising sales, marketing, and product marketing activities.[6] The company was originally incorporated in Delaware in 2004 under the name Travel Search Company, Inc. The name was later changed to Kayak Software Corporation in August 2004, and KAYAK Software Corporation in 2011.[7]

Growth in the United States[edit]

In December 2007, KAYAK raised $196 million in a new round of financing from a group of investors, including General Catalyst Partners, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Oak Investment Partners. Using that funding, KAYAK acquired SideStep, a competing US travel website.[8]

On March 5, 2010, KAYAK sold certain assets related to the website www.travelpost.com and its travel information business to The New Travelco, Inc., a Delaware corporation, which subsequently changed its name to Travelpost, Inc.[9]

In January 2011, KAYAK closed down SideStep and redirected SideStep traffic to KAYAK.com.[10]

In March 2011, KAYAK began providing results in the U.S. version of Bing from multiple cities, airports and airlines in Bing's travel search section.[11]

International expansion[edit]

In May 2010, the swoodoo brand, a leading travel search platform in Germany, was acquired.[12]

In April 2011, KAYAK acquired all of the outstanding shares of JaBo Vertrieb-und Entwicklung GmbH, or JaBo Software. JaBo Software operates Checkfelix, a travel search engine in Austria.[13][14]

KAYAK's website and mobile apps are currently available in over 18 languages and more than 30 local markets, including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia,[15] Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Singapore.

IPO and acquisition[edit]

In November 2010, KAYAK filed its S-1 with the SEC aiming to raise $50 million in an IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange.[16]

On July 20, 2012 KAYAK officially went public, trading under the name KYAK. On its first day of trading, KAYAK opened up at $26 per share - higher than originally expected - and closed at $33.18 per share.[17]

On November 8, 2012, it was announced that KAYAK was being acquired by The Priceline Group, then known as Priceline.com, for $1.8B, or $40 per KAYAK share.[18] The acquisition closed on May 21, 2013, for $2.1B.[19]

On September 25, 2013 it was announced that the State of Connecticut would assist KAYAK with a $2.5 million loan to help facilitate their move to the Harbor Point district of Stamford.[20]

Awards[edit]

In 2013, Travel + Leisure named KAYAK’s app in its list of the Best Apps for Business Travelers[21] as well as its list for the Best Apps and Websites for Travelers.[22]

Time named KAYAK to its list of the 50 Best Websites of 2009.[23]

Mashable included KAYAK in first place for the website’s list, "10 Budget Airfare Tools Every Traveler Should Know in 2012".[24]

At The Webby Awards, KAYAK received the People’s Voice award in the travel website category in 2008, the Webby Award in the travel website category in 2009, the People’s Voice award in the mobile travel app category in 2011,[25] and three more awards in 2012: both the Webby and People's Choice awards in the travel website category and the People's Voice award in the mobile travel app category.[26] In 2013, KAYAK received a Webby Award for the Best Travel Mobile & App for Handheld Devices. In 2014, KAYAK won both the People's Voice and Webby Award in the Travel category for Tablets.[27] In 2015, KAYAK Mobile won again the People's Voice in the Travel category of the Webbys.[28]

The World Travel Awards presented KAYAK with the World's Leading Flight Comparison Website award in 2013 and the World's Leading Travel Search Website award in 2011.[29]

All-American Muslim advertising[edit]

In December 2011 KAYAK announced that it would not renew a contract to advertise on the TLC reality television show All-American Muslim. The decision followed a campaign by the Florida Family Association, a one-man fundamentalist organization focused on "defending American values".[30][31] KAYAK chief marketing officer Robert Birge wrote that TLC "was not upfront with us about the nature of the show" in an explanation posted to the KAYAK website.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Danny (April 3, 2013). "Kayak turns 2012 profit". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "KAYAK.com Site overview". Alexa. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "Corporate Backgrounder". KAYAK.com. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Kayak.com: Private Company Overview". Business Week. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "KAYAK CrunchBase Profile". CrunchBase. October 23, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Steve Hafner General Catalyst Entrepreneur Page". General Catalyst. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kayak.com Company Overview". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Arrington, Michael (December 20, 2007). "Breaking: Kayak Raises $196 Million, Buys Rival SideStep". TechCrunch. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Schaal, Dennis (February 11, 2011). "Kayak has stake in TravelPost rollout". Tnooz. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ Womack, Brian (May 27, 2011). "Kayak Software Quarterly Sales Rise on Online Travel Demand". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ Duryee, Tricia (March 4, 2011). "Bing Picks Kayak for Travel Search Partnership". All Things D. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ Zinnagl, Lukas (May 6, 2010). "Kayak swoops on German travel search engine Swoodoo [Updated]". TechCrunch. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ Taylor, Colleen (May 27, 2011). "Poised for IPO, Kayak Reports Sales Boost and Global Growth". Gigaom. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ May, Kevin (5 April 2011). "Kayak buys Austrian travel search engine Checkfelix". Tnooz. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  15. ^ Perez, Sarah (Jul 20, 2012). "Kayak Is Headed To Russia". TechCrunch. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Ostrow, Adam (November 17, 2010). "Travel Search Engine Kayak Files for IPO". Mashable. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ Empson, Rip (Jul 20, 2012). "That'll Fly: Kayak Closes IPO Day With Shares Up Nearly 30% And Market Cap Over $1.2B". Techcrunch. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  18. ^ PANZARINO, MATTHEW. "Priceline.com acquiring travel company KAYAK for $1.8B in a deal that includes $500M in cash". The Next Web. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "PCLN Form 10-Q". 
  20. ^ "KAYAK to Expand and Create 50 Jobs in Stamford" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Economic Development,. October 7, 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Best Apps for Business Travelers". Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ "50 Best Websites 2009". Time. August 24, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  23. ^ Fisher, Adam (August 24, 2009). "50 Best Websites 2009". Time. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Save Money on Airline Tickets With These Websites". Mashable.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  25. ^ "KAYAK Webby Awards 2011". The Webby Awards. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  26. ^ "KAYAK Webby Awards 2012". The Webby Awards. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  27. ^ "KAYAK Webby Awards 2014". The Webby Awards. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  28. ^ "KAYAK Webby Awards 2015". The Webby Awards. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  29. ^ "KAYAK". World Travel Awards. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  30. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (December 16, 2011). "Waging a One-Man War on American Muslims". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  31. ^ Diaz, Johnny (December 14, 2011). "Kayak won't renew ads on Muslim TV show". Boston Globe. 
  32. ^ Birge, Robert. "We Handled This Poorly". Kayak.com. Archived from the original on December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 

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