Steve Hafner

“General Catalyst is the reason we’re here today. From scratch and from their own offices, GC used its core competencies in travel and new media to help us establish industry partnerships and large customer relationships. And by aiding our recruiting and go-to-market sales and marketing strategies, GC helped us build a new consumer brand that’s now the world’s largest travel search site.”

Steve is the Co-Founder and CEO of KAYAK. He helps drive company strategy and is often seen studying our daily performance reports or giving detailed feedback on our evolving product designs. Steve brings a bit of knowledge about marketing, e-commerce, and online travel to Kayak. He helped found Orbitz, Inc., the online travel agency site, in November 1999 and led their business development, advertising sales, marketing, and product marketing activities. He left after the Orbitz IPO in December 2003 to start Kayak.

Before 1999, Steve worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. During his time at BCG, Steve wrote a lot of PowerPoint decks — some of which were good. He began his career at the Marketing Corporation of America, now a unit of Interpublic Group.

Steve is a graduate of Dartmouth College, earning a B.A. in Economics and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, where he earned an M.B.A.