Google Travel Boss Defends Lack of Progress, Deflects Criticism
Plenty of people in the travel industry are underwhelmed about the seeming lack of market clout of Google Flight Search and Google Hotel Finder, but to Jeremy Wertheimer, vice president of engineering at Google Travel, the “rates of change” are all just fine.
Wertheimer, who co-founded flight shopping and pricing engine ITA Software in the early 1990s and sold it to Google as the basis for Google Flights for $700 million in 2011, is unfazed by the criticism, and speaking at the PhoCusWright conference in Hollywood, Florida, today, he argues that critics are just viewing the “iceberg.”
Wertheimer said that to develop a good travel shopping experience, you need lots of data and to “build things. Building things takes time.”
Displaying his computer scientist’s bent, Wertheimer adds: “To me, as long as the rates of change are going in the right direction, it’s a matter of time.”