From Kayak to Blade-runner: The Paul English exit interview


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Paul English, co-founder of Kayak, stepped down as CTO in December to become CEO of Blade, which he has co-founded with two Kayak executives.

If you use Kayak’s metasearch tool for finding mini-biographies of employees (filtering by factors like “Star Wars fan” and “sarcastic sense of humor”), you’ll find English’s name has already been removed. Filling his CTO position is Giorgos Zacharia.

In 2004, English teamed up with former Orbitz consumer travel EVP Steve Hafner to create Kayak. They founded it with $17 million in funding from investment firms like Sequoia Capital and General Catalyst Partners, who got half of the company.

In 2012, Kayak IPO’ed at a $1 billion valuation.

Not bad for a company that, in its first year, lost about $6 million on about $3 million in revenue. Not bad, either, for a company that in its early years faced Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline denying it access to their inventory.

In a phone interview, Tnooz spoke with English about the kinds of startups he wants to help co-found, why he hates incubators, what’s annoying about programmers, why Booking.com is impressive, why Kayak’s meetings are different than Expedia’s meetings, and the things he most dislikes about certain young startups.

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