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Old 02-11-2016, 05:07 AM
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JetBlue Launches JetBlue Technology Ventures in Silicon Valley to Shape the Future Travel Experience - WSJ

JetBlue Launches JetBlue Technology Ventures in Silicon Valley to Shape the Future Travel Experience

Sixteen Years After Creating a Customer-Focused Startup Airline, JetBlue Forms First U.S. Airline-Backed Venture Capital Subsidiary for Next Generation of Travel Startups

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 11, 2016--
On the day JetBlue celebrates the 16th anniversary of its first flight, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced the launch of JetBlue Technology Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary that will invest in, incubate and partner with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel and hospitality. As the first corporate venture capital subsidiary in Silicon Valley backed by a U.S. airline, JetBlue Technology Ventures will operate from the GSVlabs campus in the heart of Silicon Valley.

By partnering with incubators, venture capital firms, universities and other organizations inside and outside Silicon Valley, JetBlue Technology Ventures will build relationships with a range of startups across the travel and hospitality spectrum. The initiative will serve as a launch pad for innovations that improve customer and crewmember experiences, increase the airline's operational efficiency and expand the JetBlue brand to new markets.

Bonny Simi will serve as president of the subsidiary, reporting to Eash Sundaram, executive vice president and chief information officer of JetBlue. As head of the JetBlue Technology Ventures oversight/advisory committee, Sundaram will lead and shape the strategic direction of the subsidiary, and will also facilitate integration of successful startup programs into JetBlue's overall corporate innovation and technology initiatives. Simi is a JetBlue pilot and officer with over a decade of leadership experience holding talent, customer experience and other roles within the airline, and over 25 years in the airline industry. Simi also has deep roots in the Silicon Valley community as a graduate of both the Stanford Business and Engineering schools.

"Innovation has always been part of JetBlue's DNA, and JetBlue Technology Ventures builds on our history of staying a step ahead of the status quo," said Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures. "We will be casting a wide net to find technologies across the travel spectrum that further the award winning customer-focused experience we are known for."

JetBlue, founded in 2000 with the mission of bringing humanity back to air travel, has launched a number of firsts in the airline industry. It instantly became known for free satellite television at every seat, an innovation it continues to improve on today. It was the first airline to incorporate new technology to power at-home call centers for customer support. More recently, it was the first airline to launch free high-speed wireless Internet and streaming video inflight, and has installed Next-Gen navigations systems in its fleet to improve the efficiency of flying.

"The work being done today in the startup community will define travel for years to come," said Simi. "We can offer our knowledge and resources to bring early-stage ideas to life. We won't limit our thinking to traditional airline operations, and instead consider possibilities at every stage in the travel experience."

About JetBlue Technology Ventures

Located in the startup incubator GSVLabs in Redwood City, Calif., JetBlue Technology Ventures will invest in, incubate and partner with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel and hospitality. For more information, including upcoming events and how to request review of potential startup ideas, please visit Squarespace - Claim This Domain

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JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline(TM), and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 95 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 900 daily flights. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

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This is what I call a progressive compny. Sounds interesting. Wonder what will come out of this.
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We'll see what Southwest does with it after they buy B6
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We'll see what Southwest does with it after they buy B6
They'll enter into an agreement to staple YOU, and ONLY you, to the bottom of the Technology Ventures seniority list. Make sure to sweep up all of that silicon dust off the floor.
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Originally Posted by Dat jet
We'll see what Southwest does with it after they buy B6

Well we know SWA wouldn't want anything to do with technology. -
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Originally Posted by Dat jet
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!
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Desperation is a stinky cologne my friend.

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Originally Posted by Dat jet
We'll see what Southwest does with it after they buy B6
Trust me that you don't want that. Ask me how I know......
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That would be the worst. Talk about night and day. Black and white. Good and Bad. Maybe SW should look to Frontier or Spirit, that's more their style.....
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That would be the worst. Talk about night and day. Black and white. Good and Bad. Maybe SW should look to Frontier or Spirit, that's more their style.....
The point of an acquisition is to kill the competition, not hobble yourself.
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