BookingPal is a cloud-based travel technology company providing the vacation rental and holiday letting industry with a global distribution platform that features real-time connectivity between the leading property management software systems and top consumer travel websites in the world.
The BookingPal platform offers Vacation Rental Managers and Property Owners superior revenue opportunities by utilizing proprietary products to optimize distribution capabilities including myOptimize which calculates listing quality and provides key feedback to achieve optimal channel placement and conversion and myInquiry which provides a qualified team of reservation agents to handle guest reservation communications.
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Irvine, California, BookingPal seamlessly connects thousands of rentals located on 5 continents, from 40 different property management software systems to over 35 online global consumer travel websites and the travel agent industry.
Alex Aydin is a serial entrepreneur and senior technology executive with over twenty years of experience in the software sector. A dynamic leader and resourceful thinker, Alex has developed an expertise in successfully managing the operations throughout each phase of a company’s life cycle, developing innovative and profitable software companies. After co-founding Procom Technology (NASDAQ: PRCM) in 1987, an embedded operating systems developer, Alex led the expansion of Procom’s operations for 16 years taking the company public and eventually selling to Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW). As CFO, he took the company through a successful IPO, Secondary Offering, and a Debt Offering; raising over $100 million in public financing and bringing the company’s growth from no revenue, to $120 million in revenue. While at Procom, Alex managed over 400 employees in 5 countries, established OEM relationships with HP, Dell, Fujitsu, and Sun Microsystems, and developed the sales infrastructure selling to Fortune 1000 companies. He was responsible for all SEC reporting and SOX compliance, and worked directly on the integration of 6 companies acquired by and integrated into Procom’s core operation. Alex was also the founder of Pacific Horizon Communities a builder of new home communities, and the founder and CEO of Home America Lending a wholesale mortgage lending company. His experience in both the new home building and Mortgage markets led him to his next software startup, Icanbuy. In 2006 Alex founded Icanbuy, an innovative Saas based online comparison-shopping platform for financial products. As CEO of the company, Aydin set up a large software development operation in Ukraine, worked on establishing partnerships with most major real estate and financial website publishers and large online mortgage companies. Alex subsequently sold Icanbuy to Informa (LON: INFR), and then worked on migrating Informa legacy software platform into Icanbuy’s state of the art platform.
Mark brings experience as both a finance and legal professional to Thayer Ventures. Most recently, Mark served for over five years as an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners, where he helped lead the Internet & Digital Media team and founded the firm’s Social Media practice. During his tenure, Mark advised clients on a number of notable transactions, including the sale of Intermix (MySpace) to News Corp., and Google’s initial public offering. Mark was also chosen to lead the internal deal team during the Thomas Weisel Partners’ IPO, and served the dual role of lead underwriter and internal corporate development professional. Previously, Mark practiced law for three years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he represented venture capital firms and technology companies in private financing and M&A transactions. Mark received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, cum laude, M.A. from University College Dublin (Ireland), with honors, and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude. Mark is currently an Advisor to Pacific Community Ventures and serves on the Penn Law School Alumni Society Board of Managers, as well as the Board of Directors for San Francisco Plan C and SAFE.
In addition to a large reservoir of solid business skills and judgment, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections in the transportation and distribution space where he spent the bulk of his career. Located in Dallas, Jeff spent 14 years with American Airlines, managed the legal separation of Sabre, Inc. from AA and left to become EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the stand-alone company in 1998. Over his 13 years at Sabre, both as Chief Financial Officer and as EVP Corporate Development, Jeff managed the Sabre initial public offering, completed over 25 acquisitions and divestitures of over $8 billion in value, served on the Board of Travelocity, managed the globalization of the Sabre organization, and completed sale of the company to a group of private equity firms, thereby taking Sabre, Inc. private. Currently Jeff serves on the Boards of Rent-A-Center, a $2.8 billion public rent-to-own retail space company and of Getty Images. Jeff is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from the Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School. He serves as Chair of Parents Advisory Committee of Carleton College and as an ex-official member of the Board of Trustees.
Vahid Manian brings more than 30 years’ semiconductor industry experience to his role of Chief Operating Officer for Ethertronics. As COO, Manian is responsible for Ethertronics’ Chip and Systems Divisions, and leads all global manufacturing, supply chain, quality, sales, technology design, marketing and business development efforts for the company. Prior to Ethertronics, Manian served as senior vice president of global engineering and operations for Entropic. A seasoned semiconductor executive with more than 30 years of proven business, technology and operations experience, Vahid was responsible for Entropic’s global engineering and operations organizations, including hardware and software product development, technical operations, quality and supply management. In his two years at Entropic, Manian successfully expanded the scale and scope of the public company’s global operations organization, and implemented innovative manufacturing cost reduction and long-range capacity planning strategies that had a significant impact on gross margins and inventory turns. Prior to Entropic, Manian was responsible for all operations activity at Telegent Systems, a leading supplier of silicon solutions for mobile TV applications, later acquired by Spreadtrum Communication, a Shanghai-based semiconductor company. Prior to Telegent, Manian served as senior vice president of global manufacturing operations at Broadcom Corporation, where he oversaw the company’s operations and manufacturing activities including foundry operations and process technology direction. He joined Broadcom in 1996, and established the operations strategy, which helped grow the company from a start-up to a multi-billion dollar organization leveraging best-in-class delivery and inventory management systems. He previously served on the Board of Directors, and was elected vice chairman, of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), which is focused on accelerating the growth and increasing the return on invested capital for the global semiconductor industry.
Mark served as President of STEC, Inc. (formerly, Simpletech Inc.) from March 20, 2007 and as its Interim Chief Executive Officer from September 18, 2012 to September 12, 2013. Mr. Moshayedi was a Co-Founder of STEC, Inc. and served as its Secretary from January 1995 to March 2012. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer of STEC, Inc. since January 1995. He served as President of Research and Development at STEC, Inc. from June 1994 to December 1994 and as its Senior Vice President from April 1992 to June 1994. He served as a Director of STEC, Inc. from March 1992 to September 12, 2013. Mr. Moshayedi graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
David Baggett graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S./B.A. in Computer Science and Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 1992. As an undergraduate, he worked extensively with Bill Pugh and Bill Gasarch in the Computer Science Department, and with Sharon Inkelas in the Linguistics Department. In addition to undergraduate work in type theory and recursion theory, David studied tonal phenomena in African languages. He received the CMPS Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in 1992. After the University of Maryland, David entered the Ph.D. program at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he studied computational linguistics with Robert Berwick under an Office of Naval Research (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship. His 1994 master’s thesis,A System for Computational Phonology included a complete implementation of auto segmental phonological theory. In 1994, David left MIT to join video game company Naughty Dog, where he co-developed the Crash Bandicoot series for the Sony Playstation. The Crash games were worldwide best-sellers that redefined the state of the art, leading Sony to adopt Crash as its mascot character. The success and appeal of Crash significantly contributed to Sony’s ability to enter the video game console market and quickly establish supremacy over former industry leaders Nintendo and Sega. The Crash series represented a technical high water mark for the Playstation 1. As one of two developers on the first game in the series, David pioneered the use of distributed polygonal scene precomputation to vastly reduce rendering time and greatly increase scene complexity. David also introduced octree-based collision detection — an essential innovation for Crash’s lush, organic environments — to the video game world. David implemented many of the level processing tools and the entire rendering pipeline, and produced the music for the first three games in the series. David next co-founded ITA Software with two other MIT AI Lab graduates. ITA Software developed the first new airfare pricing and shopping software in decades, and licensed the technology to most major US and many international airlines. ITA Software’s technology powers Orbitz, Kayak, Hipmunk, and many other travel industry websites. Google completed its purchase of ITA Software for over $700M in April, 2011.
Taher Behbehani draws upon more than 20 years of operational, product strategy and marketing expertise in his role as CMO. As a technology leader with a proven track record of getting in front of trends shaping the industry, Taher is focused on guiding BroadSoft to its next growth stage and transforming the firm’s vision into new product road maps to meet growing enterprise demand for mobile Unified Communications. Behbehani has served in a broad range of leadership positions that cut across M&A and business development, product management, business transformation and digital marketing – affording Behbehani with an unconventional perspective that extends beyond traditional marketing. Past roles include executive positions at BlackBerry, American Express, and Time Warner Cable. In addition to global corporate leadership positions, Behbehani was founder of several start-ups and has been a key investor and advisor to numerous market disruptors. His prior experience in these roles will enable BroadSoft to apply a more analytical view of how users consume services, what new business models create value, and the ability to leverage this data to drive adoption across user profiles and new distribution channels.