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Terry Jones, Entrepreneur Speaker

Terry Jones

    • Founder/ Former CEO of Travelocity.com
    • Founding Chairman of Kayak.com
    • CIO at American Airlines/Sabre
Fee Range

$20,000 - $30,000

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Terry Jones - Introduction

Terry Jones - Introduction

Terry Jones is on the cutting edge of innovation and change. As founder of Travelocity.com, Founding chairman of Kayak.com, and Chief Information Officer at American Airlines/Sabre, and now Chairman of the new travel startup Wayblazer, Terry has a proven track record of leading companies whose innovations have changed an industry. For the last five years through his consulting practice, as a board member and as a venture capitalist, Terry has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he's developed to keep upwith this rapidly changing world.  

As Terry has worked in small startups and the corporate world he has a unique perspective on innovation and can offer audiences real world examples of how to create a culture of innovation in their companies.  A lively, humorous and entertaining speaker Jones always does the research necessary to customize his presentations for each audience.

Jones' credentials have breadth and depth. In the 70s Terry helped create one the of the fastest growing business travel companies ever formed. In the 80s and 90s Terry led product development, programming and operations at American Airlines SABRE, the computer system that became a Harvard case study on automating your customers. And then in 1996 he founded Travelocity.com and took it from a team of 10 to a multi billion dollar public company. But he didn't stop there, after leaving Travelocity he became chairman of Kayak.com, a completely different travel site, that in three years is the size of Priceline.

A graduate of Denison University, Jones entered the business world in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago. Today he serves as principle of Essential Ideas a company he founded to help companies in the transition to the digital economy. He is chairman of Kayak.com and serves on the boards of Smart destinations,Boingo and is a speciel venture partnerer at General Catalyst Partners.  He is also the Technical Advisory Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.


Founding Chairman of Kayak.com and Founder of Travelocity.com is yet again turning the travel world upside down with Wayblazer.com, a company integrating AI into travel. Having spent the last 3 years investigating and implementing AI based solutions he offers his unique perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and why it is so important to 21st century business.

Terry explains the 'why now' of AI...why the time is exactly right for AI to become the breakthrough technology for the 21st century and why it will topple businesses unprepared for its implications. He will explain why AI is the new UI, how AI will turn the internet into the most interesting man in the world and who will win the AI wars: Amazon, IBM or Microsoft...or startups or corporations. Using real world examples Terry shows audiences how Artificial Intelligence is already in use and inspires them to create a place for it in their future.


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, founding Chairman of Kayak.com and Chairman of Wayblazer, 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.


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 omni channel 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. 


It’s a new world out there…A world where ‘the office’ is anywhere and communications is constant; where the pace of change is staggering and the ‘wired generation’ is entering the work force.  In the 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 worker has been raised in the digital age, has been multi-tasking since the age of 3 and has been online for most of their life.  How can companies most effectively communicate with, lead, and leverage this very different employee base?

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 an industry.  In this program, he offers concise and actionable insights into how leadership is changing in this technology-driven world.

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