Recently I have been thinking about all of the great people that I have had the privilege to work with at Orbitz. Turns out that we have been an excellent Entrepreneur Incubator. Quite a few companies have been formed by people that cut their teeth at Orbitz.
One of the first travel meta search companies.
Steve Hafner – Original start-up team at orbitz
Karen Klein – Chief Legal Council for Orbitz
Keith Melnick – Helped create the Orbitz Business plan while working at BSG
Kellie Pelletier – Helped create the Orbitz Launch PR Strategy
Travel agent desktop software.
**Company recently sold to Travelport
Alex Zoghlin – Original Orbitz CTO and created the Orbitz idea
Michael Harbin – Established Orbitz interface for ticketing systems
Roger Liew – VP Orbitz Development
John Sokel – Senior Developer at Orbitz
Ellen Lee – Manager in Marketing at orbitz
Personal identity management directory
Nolan Bayliss – Helped build Orbitz Hotel systems
Tom Drugan – Managed the Orbitz Search Engine Optimization systems
Anthony Czupryna – Senior Developer at Orbitz
Internet credit card fraud detection system
Jeffrey Liesendahl – Finance Controller at Orbitz
Gary Doernhoefer – Original General Council at Orbitz
Michael Long – Established Fraud group at Orbitz
Provides communication solutions that help businesses connect to their customers
Jeff Judge – Director of Complex Travel at Orbitz
Dave Farkas – Senior Developer at Orbitz
If you take the time to review this list it will become very clear that they all are innovating, not inventing. Every company took something that Orbitz does as a function of running our business and commercialized the idea. Awesome job everyone!
I will periodically update the list as I come across new business that were formed by the Orbitz Entrepreneur Incubator.