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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Line Up To Take Advantage Of Travel Industry Reset

Who would buy into the travel industry right now? Some are betting on the public. American Express Global Business Travel chair Greg O’Hara, Teplis Travel CEO Gary Teplis and longtime travel investors at Thayer Ventures since June each created a blank check company to make deals in travel. Investors design such special purpose acquisition companies,…

Meta-Search Pioneer Brian Barth Is Back, Now Focused On Payment

Brian Barth and his team helped reinvent travel e-commerce when they created meta-search site SideStep, acquired by Kayak in 2007 for $200 million. Now Barth is set to make an impact on payments. His latest startup, UpLift, offers real-time insight on the customer’s form of payment and enables online merchants to make targeted offers on that basis. One goal might be to…

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