NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veteran business journalist Joya Dass joins Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor [TRIP] to discuss the company's industry, strategy, financials and positioning.
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Kaufer co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and have the perfect trip. Under Kaufer's leadership, TripAdvisor has grown into the largest Web 2.0 company in the northeast and the world's largest travel site, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, 20 million members and over 50 million reviews and opinions. Kaufer has also built the TripAdvisor Media Group, acquiring 19 leading travel brands, and has expanded the TripAdvisor brand into 30 countries, including France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, the U.K., Indonesia, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Egypt. Kaufer and his co-founders sold TripAdvisor to InterActive Corporation in 2004, which later spun off its travel businesses to Expedia, Inc., and Kaufer has continued to run day-to-day operations. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, Kaufer was president of CDS, Inc., a successful independent software vendor specializing in programming and testing tools. Previously, Kaufer was co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software, where he led the development of several award-winning programming environments. Kaufer, winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of travel and high-tech conferences worldwide. He is on the board of directors at Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com), a job review site; CarGurus (www.cargurus.com), an online automotive community; DigitalAdvisor LLC, which owns and manages a digital camera site (www.digitalcamera-hq.com) and a deals site (www.beatthat.com); and the Caring For Carcinoid Foundation (http://www.caringforcarcinoid.org), a non-profit charity dedicated to finding a cure for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine cancers. He is also an advisor to WeddingBook (www.weddingbook.com), a wedding planning site, and Abroad101 (www.studyabroad101.com), a review site for semester abroad programs. And on a completely different note, he loves his brother-in-law's robot sculptures at http://lipsonrobotics.com/. Kaufer has a degree in computer science from Harvard University.
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TripAdvisor, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRIP) is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor® offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 50 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors.
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