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Terry Jones

Founder of Travelocity.com & Founding Chairman of Kayak.com

Biography

Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.

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A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones, began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.

He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.

Today he is the Chairman of WayBlazer and managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.

He serves on the boards of Boingo, Cognite, Inc, Smart Destinations and

Camping and Education Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Entrust, Overture, La Quinta Hotels, Luxury Link and EarthLink.

He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst and Sierra Angels. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Those that Innovate Survive!

The Dopeler Effect

Social Media

Speech Topics

Leadership in a Wired World

It is a new world out there -- a world where ‘the office’ is anywhere and communication is constant; where the pace of change is staggering, and where the ‘wired generation’ is entering the work force. In this new world, how do you lead? The basic principles of good leadership haven’t changed in hundreds of years. But,in this new world, how we apply them must change. Today’s new workers have been raised in the digital age, multi tasking since the age of 3, and been online for most of their life. How can companies most effectively communicate with, lead, and leverage this very different employee base? Read More >

Terry Jones has led both large corporations and small startup companies as a CEO, board member, and consultant. His innovative leadership style has helped reshape the travel industry. In this keynote speech, Jones offers concise and actionable insights into how leadership is changing in this new technology-driven world. Read Less ^

Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur?

The story of the entrepreneur in the garage is well known. But how does one build a startup inside a huge corporation? How do you successfully innovate in large and sometimes bureaucratic organizations? Terry Jones started Travelocity.com as a department inside the huge Sabre Corporation. Starting with an idea and a team of ten, he grew the department into a multi-billion dollar public company with over thirty-five million members and twelve hundred employees. Read More >

Intrapreneurs face different challenges than entrepreneurs. Competitors are as likely to be internal as they are to be external. In this world, who you report to can be as important to an intrapreneur as building a brand is to the entrepreneur. Jones’ story of how he navigated the corporate power structure to turn his idea into a company has applicability for anyone with a new product or a new idea. Read Less ^

The Business of Innovation

Growth - every company has to have it.  But in today’s hypercompetitive environment and difficult economy how do you get it? Terry Jones, master of innovation took a team of ten and built a multi billion dollar enterprise based on an innovative idea that most of his colleagues thought would fail. Jones created a culture of innovation where new ideas were celebrated, mistakes became fast learning loops, and employees learned that anyone can innovate. Read More >

In this insightful keynote presentation, Jones takes audiences through the steps to nurture new ideas and the organizational structures, funding policies, and team members required for success. Many keynote speakers talk about the future. Jones gives audiences step by step plans to create it. Read Less ^

Building Digital Relationships with Your Customers

Online research will soon influence over a trillion dollars in offline sales, yet many companies are still optimized to deal with customers only over the phone or in the store. Terry Jones shows audiences the importance of adding digital relationships to any company’s strategies. At companies such as Travelocity.com, Kayak.com, La Quinta Hotels, and Earthlink, Jones has been involved in creating, leading, and implementing CRM strategies that leverage the digital world. Jones opens the door to this new world with examples drawn from all types of online and offline companies. He discusses the latest techniques for emarketing, the evolution of search, and how broadband is changing consumer behavior online. Read More >

Not just for consumer companies, Jones’ techniques are essential for the industrial buyer whose world is also being reshaped online. Participants in this keynote presentation will learn how to craft a multi-channel strategy to deal with tomorrow’s marketplace. Read Less ^

Books & Media

Books

On Innovation

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