Articles tagged “oral history”

Oral History: Ebookers and LastMinute Deals Showed Mergers Can Be a Blood Sport

Oral History: Ebookers and LastMinute Deals Showed Mergers Can Be a Blood Sport

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When mergers go awry, it isn't always merely because the acquired company was a dog. Sometimes the purchaser likewise screws the whole thing up.

4 weeks ago

The Inside Story of an Online Travel Reunion at the New Uber

The Inside Story of an Online Travel Reunion at the New Uber

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There were a ton of people who wanted the COO position at Uber, and it went to Expedia alum and former Orbtiz Worldwide CEO Barney Harford. The pressure will be on both Khosrowshahi and Harford to turn around the ridesharing company. As if there weren't abundant pressure already.

8 months ago

8 Insights Into Uber CEO Pick Dara Khosrowshahi From Peers and Rivals

8 Insights Into Uber CEO Pick Dara Khosrowshahi From Peers and Rivals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With a two-decade track record in online travel, Khosrowshahi has had his duck-and-cover as well as been-on-a-mountaintop moments. If Uber's looking for a steady hand, and a guy with experience who isn't afraid to take a U-turn when called for, then they could have done a helluva lot worse.

12 months ago

What It Was Like to Work With Ace Hotels Co-Founder Alex Calderwood

What It Was Like to Work With Ace Hotels Co-Founder Alex Calderwood

Deanna Ting and Greg Oates, Skift

It’s hard to imagine Ace Hotels becoming what it is today without the visionary drive of its late co-founder, Alex Calderwood.

1 year ago

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Jason Clampet, Skift

Moral of the story about the early years of online travel? Not to over-simplify, but be prepared to take risks, feel free to contradict conventional wisdom, and assemble the best damn team that you can.

2 years ago

Priceline Kills Name Your Own Price for Flights

Priceline Kills Name Your Own Price for Flights

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Priceline.com downplayed Name Your Own Price four years ago as big thumbs and small screens on mobile phones made the relatively cumbersome bidding process anachronistic. Flight-bidding is gone. The services remains for hotels and car rentals but their days are probably numbered too.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: Two Unsung Pioneers Who Shaped the Future

Oral History of Online Travel: Two Unsung Pioneers Who Shaped the Future

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Not everyone who drafted business plans, wrote the code, made sales calls or forged partnerships in the early days of online travel garnered glitzy headlines or even made it to 2016 to see how their labors all worked out. They -- and countless others -- are still worth remembering for their contributions.

2 years ago

A Supermodel, a Tiny Dog and How Priceline Turned William Shatner Into a Legendary Pitchman

A Supermodel, a Tiny Dog and How Priceline Turned William Shatner Into a Legendary Pitchman

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We don't know if it was really "a supermodel" and her tiny dog that William Shatner dispatched to Priceline.com headquarters in the late 1990s to do due dilgence on the company, but we do know that Shatner, who smashed a guitar during one shoot, was highly talented and broke new ground for an emerging brand.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: How Decolar Built an Online Booking Brand Offline

Oral History of Online Travel: How Decolar Built an Online Booking Brand Offline

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Decolar approached local airlines to forge partnerships, the carriers just didn't appreciate what the site was trying to do. But Decolar, which has its struggles today, indeed outlasted many of those airlines.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: How Travelstart Taught South Africa’s Airlines About E-Commerce

Oral History of Online Travel: How Travelstart Taught South Africa’s Airlines About E-Commerce

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Building up an affiliate network became a great marketing tool for Travelstart in South Africa a decade ago because print ads weren't effective. The incumbent competitors weren't particularly effective because they had no focus on e-commerce.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: Barry Diller’s Deals Built A Travel Empire

Oral History of Online Travel: Barry Diller’s Deals Built A Travel Empire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Barry Diller, the senior executive at both IAC and Expedia, doesn't need any more plaques on his mansions' walls but he is one of the people who had oversized influence in making online travel what it is today. He had a great eye for how e-commerce would emerge and he pulled the trigger on his great acquisitions.

2 years ago

Oral History of Online Travel: How Hostelworld Backpacked Its Way to Success

Oral History of Online Travel: How Hostelworld Backpacked Its Way to Success

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hostelworld needed to automate the online booking of hostels because there just wasn't enough money in it if employees or call center agents had to handle bookings over the phone. The company gave away free software to attract owners and then came up with a business model that was midway between Expedia's prepay model and Booking.com's pay at the hotel formula.

2 years ago