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HomeAway.com, Inc.
Public
Traded asNASDAQAWAY
IndustryTravel
FoundedFebruary 2005
FoundersBrian Sharples and Carl Shepherd
HeadquartersAustin, TX
Key people
Brian Sharples (CEO)
Carl Shepherd (CDO)
Brent Bellm (COO)
Tom Hale (CPO)
Ross Buhrdorf (CTO)
Lynn Atchison (CFO)
ServicesVacation Rentals
WebsiteHomeAway.com
 
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HomeAway.com, Inc.
Public
Traded asNASDAQAWAY
IndustryTravel
FoundedFebruary 2005
FoundersBrian Sharples and Carl Shepherd
HeadquartersAustin, TX
Key people
Brian Sharples (CEO)
Carl Shepherd (CDO)
Brent Bellm (COO)
Tom Hale (CPO)
Ross Buhrdorf (CTO)
Lynn Atchison (CFO)
ServicesVacation Rentals
WebsiteHomeAway.com

HomeAway, Inc. is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 1,000,000[1] vacation rental listings in 190 countries.[2] The company offers the most comprehensive selection of rentals[3] for families and groups to find accommodations such as cabins, condos, castles, villas, barns and farm houses.[4] Founded in February 2005 and headquartered in Austin, the company became publicly traded company in 2011.[5]

HomeAway was funded by venture capital firms Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures and Trident Capital.[6]

History[edit]

HomeAway, Inc. was founded in 2004 as CEH Holdings.[7] The company acquired several sites and consolidated them into a single vacation marketplace, launching HomeAway.com in June 2006.[8] Travelers can search HomeAway.com to find a vacation rental for free and homeowners can pay to advertise their property.[9]

The acquisitions that HomeAway has made include:

DateAcquisitionLocation
2005CyberRentals.comU.S.
2005GreatRentals.comU.S.
2005A1Vacations.comU.S.
2005TripHomes.comU.S.
2005HomeAway.co.ukUnited Kingdom
2005FeWo-direkt.deGermany
2006VRBO.com[10]U.S.
2007Abritel.fr[11]France
2007VacationRentals.com[12]U.S.
2007OwnersDirect.co.uk[13]United Kingdom
2009Homelidays.com[14]France
2010BedandBreakfast.com[15]U.S.
2010AlugueTemporada.com.br[16]Brazil
2010Escapia [17]US
2011RealHolidays.com.au[18]Australia
2012Toprural.com[19]Spain
2013Travelmob[20]Singapore
2013Stayz Australia[21]Australia

HomeAway moved into its new global headquarters in Austin, Texas on October 2, 2009; it was the first mixed-use project and the second company rin Austin to achieve LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interior Design.[22]

On November 18, 2009, Us Weekly magazine announced that HomeAway would reunite actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in a new short film and advertising campaign based on National Lampoon’s Vacation (a movie). The HomeAway ad represents the company’s first national advertising campaign that debuted during the CBS television network broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010.[23]

Financing[edit]

HomeAway announced in November 2006 its $160 million in financing to fund global expansion initiatives, including the acquisition of VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner).☃☃ On November 11, 2008, HomeAway announced it had completed an additional $250 million equity capital raise.☃☃ The investment was led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and with existing investors Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Redpoint Ventures.☃☃ In 2010 the Wall Street Journal named HomeAway one of the top 10 venture funded companies.☃☃=

HomeAway announced in November 2006 its $160 million in financing to fund global expansion initiatives, including the acquisition of VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner).[6] On November 11, 2008, HomeAway announced it had completed an additional $250 million equity capital raise.[24] The investment was led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and with existing investors Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Redpoint Ventures.[25] In 2010 the Wall Street Journal named HomeAway one of the top 10 venture funded companies.[26]

Competitive environment[edit]

QuickHome announced its entrance into the vacation rental and home exchange marketplace on August 19, 2008. Orbitz also entered into the vacation rental marketplace.[27] The following day after the Orbitz announcement, Expedia’s TripAdvisor Web site took a majority stake in FlipKey, a website that features vacation rental properties and verified guest reviews.[28]

Craigslist also lists vacation rental properties.[29] Other lodging alternatives to hotels include BeWelcome, Couchsurfing, Roomorama, Hospitality Club, Airbnb, and 9flats.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HomeAway, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results". 
  2. ^ "About HomeAway". 
  3. ^ "Priceline Could Get Bigger In Vacation Rentals By Acquiring HomeAway". 
  4. ^ "HomeAway.com listings for cabins, condos, castles, villas, barns and farmhouses". 
  5. ^ "HomeAway IPO Prices At $27/Share; Valued At $2.2B". 
  6. ^ a b *Nuttall, Chris. "HomeAway makes $250m VC round splash", FinancialTimes.com, November 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "homeaway inc (AWAY) Details". Retrieved Jul 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ *Austin Business Journal. "Live the destination: Local company launches vacation rental Web site", Austin Business Journal, June 7, 2006.
  9. ^ *Perkins, Ed. "What's the Best Way to Arrange a Vacation Rental, Smarter Travel, April 19, 2010.
  10. ^ *Austin Business Journal."Vacation rental site lands $160M, buys competitor", Austin Business Journal November 13, 2006.
  11. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway buys French Web site", Austin Business Journal January 22, 2007.
  12. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway continues buying spree", Austin Business Journal May 14, 2007.
  13. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway continues buying streak with UK-based acquisition", Austin Business Journal October 2, 2007.
  14. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway picks up Homelidays SAS of Paris", Austin Business Journal February 4, 2009.
  15. ^ *Travel Weekly."HomeAway buys B&B website", Jerry Limone March 3, 2010.
  16. ^ *TechCrunch."HomeAway Expands To South America With Purchase Of Brazilian Counterpart", Robin Wauters March 9, 2010.
  17. ^ *HomeAway
  18. ^ *TechCrunch."HomeAway Broadens Presence In Australia With Acquisition Of Vacation Rental Site RealHolidays", Leena Rao April 4, 2011.
  19. ^ *TheNextWeb."HomeAway acquires Spain’s rural tourism site Toprural in all-cash deal", The Next Web April 2, 2012.
  20. ^ *TechCrunch."HomeAway Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific", Victoria Ho July 17, 2013.
  21. ^ *Market Watch."HomeAway Acquires Australia's Leading Vacation Rental Group, Stayz", December 4, 2013.
  22. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway HQ nabs LEED gold rating", Austin Business Journal, April 15, 2010.
  23. ^ *US Weekly. "Exclusive: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo to Reprise Vacation Roles", US Weekly, November 18, 2009.
  24. ^ "Some Startups Still Lure Investors", BusinessWeek.com.
  25. ^ *Ante, Spencer. "HomeAway: A Find in Online Vacation Rentals", BusinessWeek Online, November 11, 2008.
  26. ^ *DEBAISE, Colleen and Austin, Scott. "Sizing Up Promising Young Firms ", Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2010.
  27. ^ *Kaufman, David. "Orbitz adds vacation rentals to online offerings", Associated Press, August 19, 2008.
  28. ^ *Munarriz, Rick Aristotle. "Expedia's Widening Hammock", The Motley Fool, August 20, 2008.
  29. ^ *Perkins, Ed. "Can you trust travel deals on eBay and Craigslist?", USA Today, September 16, 2010.
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