Zicasso to Participate at Exclusive Piper Jaffray's Global Internet Summit
Panel of Leading Travel Industry Executives to Provide Perspectives on “The Next Leg in Online Travel”
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Monday, October 6, 2008 – Zicasso, a free, personalized online trip planning service that matches busy, discerning travelers with distinguished travel specialists, has been invited to participate in the Piper Jaffray Global Internet Summit. Zicasso’s CEO, Brian Tan, will join executives Steve Barnhart, president and CEO of Orbitz, and Bob Mylod, CFO of Priceline.com, in an engaging panel to lend insight and discuss strategies that leading online travel websites are using to win market share, expand internationally and successfully attract a growing number of customers online. The panel titled, “Travel: Next Leg of the Trip - Strategies for Growth in Online Travel,” is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th, at 1:30 p.m. PST. Piper Jaffray’s annual, invitation-only summit is being held at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California from November 10-12, 2008.
Piper Jaffray’s Global Internet Summit is an exclusive gathering of Internet visionaries, company executives, and influential investors. This year’s event examines “The Internet Unplugged: Challenges and Opportunities,” and how current market leaders are adapting to the changing landscape. For more information about the event, interested parties can visit: www.piperjaffray.com/gis2008.
“I’m honored that Zicasso was recognized and selected to participate at Piper Jaffray’s Global Internet Summit. I look forward to sharing Zicasso’s vision and growth strategies and exchanging perspectives with a panel of industry-leading travel executives,” noted Brian Tan.
An avid traveler, Brian Tan founded Zicasso to fill a hole in the online travel market for personalized trip planning that uniquely blends the services of seasoned, highly regarded travel companies with Web 2.0 technologies. Zicasso’s service delivers travelers hand-crafted itineraries that match their preferences and needs from distinguished travel specialists, resulting in personalized, hassle-free travel planning. Zicasso spent thousands of hours upfront to pre-qualify its travel partners, and only companies that meet its select criteria are invited to join its handpicked network.
Prior to Zicasso, Tan spent 10 years in senior management roles at Cisco Systems, with responsibilities for growing Internet networking businesses, as well as the Global Learning Network, a web-based learning solution. He has extensive Internet business experience, having launched and grown businesses from zero to several hundred million dollars in revenue. Tan received his MBA and MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.
Zicasso is a first-of-a-kind online travel service that combines the best of online Web 2.0 tools with offline personalized services from expert tour operators and travel agencies. Ideal for planning complex trips, Zicasso saves travelers time and money by matching them to pre-qualified, quality travel companies that compete to provide personalized itinerary bids, all within an online Web 2.0 environment. Zicasso’s free online travel service gives busy, discerning consumers a hassle-free way to obtain authentic, quality travel experiences, at the best value. Based in Mountain View, CA, Zicasso is a privately-held company. For more information, please visit www.zicasso.com.