Terry Jones

Founder of two billion dollar startups-- Kayak & Travelocity, Author, and Venture Capitalist

  • Founder of Travelocity.com and founding Chairman of Kayak.com
  • 24-year career at American Airlines, ultimately serving as Chief Technology Officer
  • Founder of ON Inc. helping companies leverage and transition to the digital economy
  • Entrepreneurial thought leader harnessing the power of future technologies to achieve innovation and disruption

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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 books, Disruption Off and ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.

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 managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.  As a speaker, author, venture capitalist and board member Terry has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he’s developed to keep up with this rapidly changing world. His programs on innovation, disruption, marketing and AI are always thought provoking, entertaining and customized.  Attendees walk away with inspired ideas and concrete action items to implement in their companies.        

He serves on the boards of Boingo, Kenzie, Sonicwall and Camping and Education Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Entrust, Overture, La Quinta Hotels, Luxury Link Cognite, Smart Destinations and EarthLink.

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

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Disruption Off. Leaders are worried. Businesses are being disrupted at an ever increasing pace and technological advances are converging to create unprecedented dislocation. Identify what these are and how you can turn them to your advantage. Terry reviews the top 10 technical forces of disruption and more importantly shows the new business models that result. 

Utilizing technical forces of disruption, Terry shows our current business models that are created from disruption and how startups are shedding old concepts to create simple models that “own the edge”. The Edge - where the customer is - where we HAVE to be.

As Terry says, “My innovation is YOUR disruption. It is only disruption because YOU didn’t do it!” Drawing from his experiences with several start-ups and as the founder of Travelocity.com and founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Jones helps audiences turn disruption into innovation.

This fast paced presentation can help you avoid disruption and become the innovator! 

Terry can also address the implications of these technologies on the work force and the future of work. Additionally, they can also be combined with his ON Innovation speech and Disruption topic.         

ON Innovation. Every business needs to innovate, but where do you start? In this presentation, Terry Jones explores the fundamentals of innovation and gives leaders simple but powerful ideas they can use to create a more innovative organization. Drawing from his experiences as the founder of Travelocity.com and founding Chairman of Kayak.com, and now his new venture Wayblazer.com, Jones helps audiences turn innovation from an academic exercise into an everyday skill. The stories from his career and personal experiences not only provide well- chosen real world illustrations of how challenging, and ultimately rewarding it can be to gather a team and establish a culture that is open to change, he gives audiences step-by-step plans to create it.

In addition to this presentation 45 - 60 minute presentation, Terry can also do a breakout session to follow it up. This innovation breakout session builds on the key points of his speech. The group splits into round tables and each selects an innovation topic on which to focus (topics such as; Culture, Team, idea generation, idea selection, idea implementation....these can be any of the 73 topics in Terry’s book). They spend 20-30 minutes discussing how Terry’s key points apply to their industry and their specific businesses. Terry will circulate and spend time with each team coaching. Then each team (if there is time) or a selection of teams, present their findings to the entire group and Terry facilitates this discussion.

Building Digital Relationships. How will your customer contact you today? In the store, via the phone, on your web site, read a tweet, friend you on Facebook? There is no way to know. In this presentation, e-commerce pioneer Terry Jones gives your audience the keys to unlock the mystery of how to deal with today's omnichannel customer. 

While face-to-face contact isn't going away, companies that lack an effective online relationship strategy are being left behind. Jones vast online experience can educate your audience in all phases of the digital conversation from search to social media, using real-world examples in creating Travelocity, Kayak and helping dozens of other companies. 

Keeping up with today's omnichannel customer is a daunting task. Terry's long experience in the on line world (Travelocity, Kayak, Wayblazer and the boards of ten digital companies) can show your audience how to succeed in this complex digital world.

From search to social, mobile to big data, local to logistics, Terry will cover what you need to know now to keep 21st century customers satisfied.

The Impact of AI In Healthcare. Robots caring for our elderly?  Printing ears that hear?  IBM’s Watson diagnosing our maladies?  What are the impacts of AI and other technologies in our healthcare and how can we take these disruptions and use them to innovate to our advantage?

Terry Jones is an expert on disruption.  He disrupted travel with Travelocity, then disrupted Travelocity.com with Kayak.com.

An expert on AI and the future of technology, Jones has consulted with health care and other industries worldwide on disruption and innovation.  He encourages them to take risks testing new business models and that to change the world disruptions don’t have to change everything, many times it’s just one thing. UBER and Travelocity didn’t change a product, just how your purchase it.

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