Hopper opens to all, also fires up data research service


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Last week saw the soft launch of Hopper, the long-awaited consumer trip planning engine that claims to be powered by the “world’s largest structured database of travel information”.

Since last summer, the site has put wannabe users on a waiting list, allowing only a handful to become beta testers. But as of now, the bouncer’s gone.

Anyone can create an account, road-test tools, and book flights.

Founded in 2007 and based in Boston and Montreal, the company has 23 full-time employees and has received more than $22 million in funding from backers such as Brightspark, Atlas Venture, and OMERS Ventures. It claims to have breakthrough semantic search technology.

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