Leading online hotel distribution and connectivity platform, SiteMinder, has raised US$30 million in funding led by Palo Alto based Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV).
SiteMinder joins Facebook, Expedia, Netflix, ExactTarget, HomeAway and other technology innovators as a TCV investment. The partnership was finalized in late December 2013, after a very successful year during which SiteMinder opened its US operations and grew its revenue very aggressively by more than 70%.
³We have been following SiteMinder for a number of years and have been impressed with the company¹s rapid growth, which has been fueled by market-leading product development and a strong, talented team. As a pioneer, SiteMinder¹s culture of innovation is unparalleled by any other in the sector. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to working with SiteMinder in continuing its global expansion,² said David Yuan, TCV General Partner, who also sits on the boards of AppNexus, Merkle and Sitecore.
The funding will be used to secure SiteMinder¹s position as a global leader in hotel distribution technology by allowing it to scale and fulfil the rapidly rising demand for its products in The Americas, while building on its already established position in the European and Asian markets.
³With an ever-increasing number of people booking online, hotels have truly arrived at a place where SiteMinder¹s technology is not just a luxury, but it¹s an absolute necessity to reach a global audience and to remain competitive. There is a relatively low penetration of our kind of technology in the global hotel market, and with TCV¹s wealth of technology and investing experience, we are confident that we have chosen the ideal partner to help us to capture market share rapidly² said Mike Ford, CEO of SiteMinder.
SiteMinder will apply a portion of the funds to build on existing products, adding significant value for its 11,000+ customers, as well as developing new products aimed at satisfying the growing requirement that hotels have to extend their sales reach on the web. In 2013, SiteMinder technology facilitated in excess of US$5 billion in booking revenue for its hotel clients, close to double that of the previous year.
³The SiteMinder story is a unique one in the travel technology space, and the company¹s product set and commercial mentality are disruptive and refreshing. We look forward to working with the team to help build on its track record of exceptional growth,² said Erik Blachford, TCV Venture Partner, former CEO of Expedia, and an individual investor in online travel companies including Hotel Tonight, Room 77, and Hipmunk, and board member at Zillow, Glassdoor, Liftopia, and Terrapass.
David Yuan, TCV General Partner, and Erik Blachford, TCV Venture Partner and former CEO of Expedia, will join the SiteMinder Board.
For an interview with Mike Ford, CEO of SiteMinder, please contact Jennifer Nagy, jlnpr for SiteMinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.647.867.0093.
For an interview with David Yuan or Erik Blachford of TCV, please contact Shifali Erasmus-Bhagat, Kinetic.PR for TCV, at +1 650 315 7526 or email@example.com.
Founded in 2006, SiteMinder is a leader in the online hotel distribution industry. SiteMinder offers award-winning cloud-based distribution products ¬ including a channel manager, booking engine, PMS/CRS integration and GDS connection tools, to help hotels increase online revenue, streamline business processes and decrease operational costs. Driven by a no-contract, commission-free business model, SiteMinder¹s robust product suite and exceptional client support has made the business one of the most recognizable in the industry. SiteMinder has offices in Bangkok, Cape Town, Dallas, London and Sydney, and has more than 11,000+ customers in more than 105 countries. For more information about SiteMinder, please visit www.siteminder.com.
Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), founded in 1995, is a leading provider of capital to growth-stage technology companies, providing funds to later-stage private and public companies. With over $7.7 billion in capital raised, TCV has invested in over 200 technology companies over the last 18 years. Selected investments include Altiris, C|NET, ExactTarget, Expedia, Facebook, Fandango, FX Alliance, Go Daddy, Genesys Software, Groupon, HomeAway, Netflix, RealNetworks, Redback Networks, RiskMetrics Group, Sitecore, Splunk, Thinkorswim, and Zillow. TCV has 12 partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California with offices in New York and London. For more information about TCV, including a complete list of TCV investments, visit www.tcv.com.