Darin McAuliffe [Co-Founder of Turbotrip.com, neworleans.com, Hotel Booking Solutions, The Idea Village and Topside Accelerator] Confirmed for Invest.Up Bootcamp @Kingonomics

Darin McAuliffeDarin McAuliffe brings twenty-six years of entrepreneurship to the table. He has co-founded several multi-million dollar tech companies and has worked as a Senior Executive with large corporations. He is also a fellow co-founder of Idea Village and is best known for starting high growth companies including Turbotrip.com, IDC, New Orleans.com and Hotel Booking Solutions, all of which were ramped up and purchased by publicly and privately held corporations.

As Co-founder and COO of Turobotrip.com, Darin designed and managed the team that built one of the first on-line hotel booking engines.   Turbotrip.com grew as a New Orleans based online retailer, to eventually transact business in 55 countries and over 360 destinations worldwide.  The company was purchased by hotels.com in 2002.

Darin Co-founded and was the COO of neworleans.com, a destination advertising portal that catered to inbound travelers to New Orleans.  Founded in 1993, New Orleans, The Official New Orleans Travel Siteneworleans.com was a leading edge portal introducing new revenue and advertising models to the Internet.  The company was purchased by the Hammack-Jones Group in 2007.

Darin Co-founded and was the President of Internet Destinations, LLC, an Internet website development and hosting company.  Founded in 1994, at its peak, IDC had developed over 1300 websites and hosted over 500 companies web presence.  It was later folded into neworleans.com.

Darin also co-founded and was President of Hotel Booking Solutions, Inc., a demand management software suite utilized by over 15,000 hotels and hundreds of online distributors and tour operators. To accelerate growth McAuliffe directed the ownership team that engineered the purchase of software division HoboBox from a publically held Austrian company in Zell am See, Austria.  After relocating the world headquarters to the United States and receiving millions in Venture Capital investment, HBSi was sold to Trivandrum, India based I Believe Systems.

He later served as Vice-President of Distribution Solutions for Pegasus Solutions, the world’s largest travel technology provider.  In that capacity, Darin directed global sales for Pegasus’ distribution products.

Darin is a co-founding member of The Idea Village, a nationally acclaimed non-profit business accelerator in New Orleans and later acted as an “Entrepreneur in Residence” IV_LOGO2011.PMS_coaching and mentoring a wide range of start-up companies.  Darin has served on the board of the Louisiana Technology Council and served on the Tulane University Council of Entrepreneurs mentoring students interested in entrepreneurship, and acted as a mentor for the Technology Association of Georgia.

Darin is a frequent speaker at events on the topics of Entrepreneurship, E-Commerce, Revenue Management, Electronic Distribution, Institutional – Angel – Debt fundraising and Growth management.

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