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WayBlazer’s Felix Laboy

November 3, 2015

Since Travelocity founder Terry Jones formed WayBlazer last October, the start-up has generated plenty of industry interest but has revealed little about its projects. Senior Editor Robert Silk spoke with WayBlazer CEO Felix Laboy about the project. 

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A Watson-Powered Travel Agent From The Founder of Travelocity

June 24, 2015

WayBlazer is a new startup from Kayak and Travelocity veteran Terry Jones that’s aiming to solve the travel problem. One of the first companies to team up with IBM for the launch of its new Watson artificial intelligence APIs, WayBlazer is in the early stages of making intelligent machines that act as our travel agents and tour guides.

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WayBlazer’s Journey Leads to Cognitive Computing

June 24, 2015

“The average person must search more than 20 Websites before they find the destination and accommodations they are looking for,” says Felix Laboy, CEO of WayBlazer, an upstart firm that specializes in travel searches and bookings.

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WayBlazer, the travel cognitive computing startup, lands $5M

May 20, 2015

WayBlazer, an Austin-based B2B startup, was launched last October under the transitional leadership of Terry Jones. Three months ago, Felix Laboy became CEO.

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WayBlazer Announces $5 Million in Funding from The Entrepreneur’s Fund, IBM and Gobi Partners

May 19, 2015

“We believe that WayBlazer has an excellent vision and great momentum in the travel industry,” said Jeff Webber, managing director at The Entrepreneurs’ Fund. “Their leadership team has what it takes to scale the company quickly to keep up with their growing customer base.”

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WayBlazer Announces Availability of Insights as a Service to Hoteliers

November 11, 2014

“With WayBlazer innovation hoteliers can distinguish their brands as leaders in hospitality through personalization with highly relevant choices, services and offers based on guest preferences – in the way they want them and when they want to receive them,” Randy Garfield, previous President / CEO & EVP Sales & Travel Operations, Walt Disney Travel Company.

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Skift Forum Video: Travelocity Founder Terry Jones on the Next Big Thing in Booking

November 12, 2014

“The number one source of travel advice is still friends,” Jones told the Forum audience. “We [WayBlazer] can make getting travel advice just as easy as a conversation.”

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A Watson-Powered Travel Agent From the Founder of Travelocity

October 21, 2014

“People forget that travel is the largest e-commerce marketplace,” say Jones. Online travel booking in the U.S. reached $103 billion in 2012, according to Comscore. “I thought maybe there’s a space a little farther up the value chain, up into the inspiration and dreaming and early planning phase.”

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Startup Pitch: IBM Watson Powers New Travel Advice Tool

October 7, 2014

“The travel-planning space has a lot of dead bodies in it,” Jones said. “It’s been tough. What’s different here is a really interesting technology. You don’t have to hand-curate this data — it can be ingested, and curated, by Watson.”

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WayBlazer: Travel App Inspired by Supercomputer Watson

October 9, 2014

Kayak Founding Chairman Terry Jones explains how the new WayBlazer travel app tailors information to offer unique travel experiences to individual users. He speaks with Matt Miller on “In The Loop.”

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Travelocity Founder Tries to Avoid Missteps in Launch of WayBlazer

October 7, 2014

“Its use of the IBM Watson cognitive intelligence computing will give it a massive, and perhaps unique, advantage in the marketplace,” Harteveldt says. “The ability to speedily ingest vast, disparate inputs and then recommend options based on what is best for the traveler is what will set WayBlazer apart.”

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Startup Pitch: IBM’s Watson Powers New Travel Advice Tool WayBlazer

October 7, 2014

IBM is licensing its Watson natural language-based cognitive service to new startupWayBlazer, a B2B service that will power the consumer applications of third parties such as direct marketing organizations (DMOs), hotel chains, airlines, and travel publishers. 

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IBM Watson Powers WayBlazer, a New Travel Insights Firm in Austin

August 10, 2014

The Austin, Texas-based WayBlazer is a travel inspiration, recommendation and planning platform that provides travel industry professionals with the ability to deliver more personalized, relevant and valuable travel information to consumers. 

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