Founders

Steve Hafner

Paul English

Partners

Kayak

Prior to Kayak, travel search was fragmented and complex. Founded in 2004, the hospitality booking startup turned the experience for online travel bookings on its head with the launch of a single service that could quickly compare options across multiple airlines and hotel websites. With its forward-looking design and product thinking, Kayak put customers back in control of their booking experience. Today, the company’s desktop and mobile properties support millions of consumers and business travelers worldwide.

Accel funded Kayak in 2006, helping support the business’ European expansion. We also participated in an additional follow-on funding round before Kayak went public in July 2012. Five months later, Priceline (now Booking Holdings) acquired Kayak.

“The most important advice you're going to get is not online. It's meeting mentors locally, face-to-face. My main advice to entrepreneurs is: find the best mentors you possibly can. Listen to them. But don’t blindly do what they say. Only execute on what resonates for you. You don't want to build the company your mentor would run. You want to build the company that you want to run.”
Paul English, Founder
2006
May
Initial Investment
2007
Dec
Follow-on
2012
Jul
IPO
2018
Jul
Acquired
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