Melissa H. Reiter
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer
Senior Vice President of Technology
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Kayak was founded in the year 2004. The company has been operational for almost 15 years now. The founders of the company were Paul M English and Steve Hafner. The company has its roots back into the year 1999 when Steve Hafner had founded a company known as Orbitz. Hafner had led the business, sales, development and marketing of the company and it was therefore incorporated in the year 2004 and was named as Travel Search Company. The same year, the name of the company was changed to Kayak Software Corporation. In the year 2007, the company had raised almost $196 million, in a new round of investment. With the help of the funding, the company had taken over a competing travel website in the USA, known as Side Step.
Then in the year 2010, the company had sold off its certain assets to a company named The New Travelco, later known as Travelpost Incorporated. The following year, the company had closed down Side Step and therefore redirected all the traffic to the website of Kayak.com. The same year, the company started to use Microsoft Bing search engine services as well, for the travel section of the company's website for searching airline and airports. The company began to expand internationally, after taking over a leading travel search platform known as Swoodoo. The next year, the company had also taken over JaBo Software, operating in Austria. Slowly and steadily, the company started to expand into more markets, like Norway, Finland, Sweden, Mexico, Ireland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etcetera. The company had been transformed into a limited public entity in the year 2010, as the company had filed its first IPO or Initial Public Offering. In the year 2013, the company was taken over by Booking Holdings, for an amount of almost $2.1 billion. The headquarters of the company is based at 7 Market Street. The name of the place is Stamford, while the name of the state is Connecticut, USA. The pin code of the area is 06902.
Kayak is an American company that focuses on providing the online platform to book and purchase various kinds of flight tickets for travelling purposes, for its customers all around the world. The current CEO of the company is Steve Hafner. As of the year 2012, the total revenue generated by the company was more than $292.7 million. The Amazon Alexa rank of the company’s website, as of the year 2016, is 619. The company has also released its applications on iOS and Android-powered smartphones as well. The website of the company is available in about 18 different languages too.
The primary services provided by the company include allowing customers to have an online platform, where searching for flights as well as airlines would be easy, and the company will aid you in purchasing or booking flight tickets for travelling purposes as well. Apart from trips, the company also helps in booking hotels, rental cars, various types of vacation packages, etcetera.
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