In an interview on Bloomberg News, Kayak.com's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Paul English boldly stated that the travel search engine doesn't fear Google's entrance into the travel search market via the proposed acquisition of ITA Software.
In the interview, English cites a couple reasons why they don't see Google as such a major threat:
- They've anticipated Google's entrance into travel search market for awhile
- Google has failed with other purchases & acquisitions
- Kayak uses data from ITA only for US flight data (not hotel bookings), among other sources
- They have a small, but nimble & aggressive tech team focused on innovation in travel (also located in Cambridge MA, near ITA Software) building out mobile features, simplifying travel search and releasing site updates weekly
Questions about Kayak's proposed IPO were strictly off limits during the interview due to SEC rules & regulations, but you can watch the brief interview below: