Hipmunk Raises $4.2 Million From VCs, Online Travel Experts

New York-based Travel Web site Hipmunk has raised $4.2 million from Ignition Partners and a slew of former executives from the online travel industry. Others participating include Rich Barton and Erik Blachford, two former CEOs of Expedia; Jim Hornthal, founder of Preview Travel; Simon Breakwell, co-founder of TravelPost; and Rob Glaser, founder of RealNetworks. CEO Adam Goldstein said it would use the cash to hire more programmers to help take “the agony out of travel search.”


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work