Terry Jones

Founder & Former CEO, Travelocity.com; Chairman of the Board Kayak.com; Innovator and Game Changer
Fee Range: $15,000–$25,000 [FEE NOTE]
Travels From: Nevada
Best known for founding Travelocity and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.

Jones, who began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines, in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.

He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.

Today he is managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves of the boards of Boingo, Luxury Link, ReardenCommerce and Smart Destinations. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and Sierra Angels.

The holder of several patents. Jones is a graduate of Denison University and has an honors doctor of letters from Sierra Nevada College.

Most Requested Topics:

  • DISRUPTION OFF Keynote: Leaders are worried. Businesses are being disrupted at an ever increasing pace and technological advances are converging to create unprecedented dislocation. Identify what these are and how you can turn them to your advantage. Terry reviews the to 10 technical forces of disruption and more importantly shows the new business models that result. Utilizing technical forces of disruption, Terry shows our current business models that are created from disruption and how startups are shedding old concepts to create simple models that “own the edge”. The Edge - where the customer is - where we HAVE to be. (IE AirBNB, Uber, Nest)

    As Terry says, “My innovation is YOUR disruption. It is only disruption because YOU didn’t do it!” Drawing from his experiences with several start ups and as the founder of Travelocity.com, founding Chairman of Kayak.com and Chairman of Wayblazer, Jones helps audiences turn disruption into innovation.

    This fast paced presentation can help you avoid disruption and become the innovator! Terry can also address the implications of these technologies on the work force and the future of work. Additionally, they can also be combined with his ON Innovation speech and Disruption topic.
  • ON INNOVATION Keynote: This fast paced keynote give audiences the keys to successful innovation and gives them lessons they can put to work as soon as they get back to the office.
    Your audience will learn:

    How to build a culture of innovation

    -Why innovation is like baseball
    -Why experimentation and failure is required
    -How to kill projects not people
    -Why your wake is larger than you imagine
    -How to deal with risk

    How to create an innovation team

    -Why to hire people who don't fit in
    -Why one person can make a difference
    -Why rock stars hang with rock stars
    -How negativity kills innovative teams
    -How to break through the 'Bozone Layer'
    -What's a 'two pizza team'?

    How to generate new innovative ideas

    -Why you need sentries
    -Why you need sensors
    -How to listen to customers in a new way
    -How to look beyond what's immediately apparent

    How to select the best ideas

    -Who reviews ideas in your company
    -Why you should circulate ideas widely
    -The Golden Rule of Innovation
    -Prototype as if you were right. Listen as if you were wrong
    -Why innovation isn't rocket science
    -How to do more with less
    -Why reinvention isn't enough - You must reimagine!
  • DEMYSTIFYING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Keynote: Terry Jones, whose name is synonymous with e-commerce and travel has started a new business based on artificial intelligence. Having spent the last three years investigating and implementing AI based solutions he offers his unique perspectives on AI and why it is so important to 21st century businesses. Terry will show your audience ‘why now’. AI has been being constructed since the 1950s so is today another AI bubble or it today the time that all work will be changed by the power of artificial intelligence. Terry’s talk explores:

    -What are the foundations that insure that this is the time for success with AI

    -What are the components of AI

    -What are the myths surrounding AI…things that it cannot do

    -Why the impact of AI today will be as big as the browser was yesterday

    -How does big data play with AI

    -Why AI is the new UI

    -How AI will turn the internet into the most interesting man in the world

    -Why search gives you clues and AI gives you answers with confidence

    -Do you need a bot?

    -Is AI only for billion dollar companies? (NO)

    -Who will win the AI wars…The Megas (Facebook, Amazon,Microsoft IBM google) startups or corporations?

    Perhaps most importantly, Terry will explain the coming ‘battle for the edge”. How the most innovative companies are battling to make it easier and easier for customers to shop and buy anytime using AI. He will take audiences through examples like Google’s Predective Suggestions, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and IBM’s Watson, and how each is striving to be the most powerful AI platform. The battle for the edge will reshape how business and consumers shop and buy and will topple businesses unprepared for its implications. Using real world examples, Terry shows audiences how AI is already in use and inspires them to create a place for it in their future.

    If desired Terry can also address the implications of these technologies on the work force and the future of work. Additionally, they can also be combined with his ON Innovation speech and Disruption topic.