Keeping millions of hungry hotel guests happy
CrossMine's HotelNeighborhood service is now live in Northern Virginia at properties representing 3 of the largest hotel chains in the world, enabling their guests to find Special Offers from 5 local restaurants each and information on an additional 25 nearby restaurants. Our 15 restaurant partners are sending daily Special Offers to CrossMine which the hotels share with their guests, both individuals and groups, to help them find a dining option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or entertaining.
The HotelNeighborhood service is now available with information on the nearest 30 restaurants for more than 275 hotels across 10 brands in the Washington, D.C. area. Next, we will broadening our service to associate the nearest of the 970,000 U.S. restaurants that surround each of the 50,000 U.S. hotels so the hotels can provide their guests with a complete set of search capabilities for finding the optimal dining option.
While CrossMine’s service is designed to help restaurants find new customers and help hotels provide a superior ability to match their guests’ dining needs with nearby options, our true focus is on meeting the needs of travelers. Importantly, we will be assisting hotels and their guests in finding dining information using whatever means they prefer, including computers, tablets, smartphones, and even paper flyers. While we know that within a few years the majority of hotel guests will have smartphones, we will always work to provide travelers with the restaurant information they want as simply and efficiently as possible through integration via email, wifi, websites, and front desk staff accessing terminals.
If you happen to be in Northern Virginia and staying at any of our initial launch partner hotels: the Comfort Inn Tysons Corner, the Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax, and the Staybridge Suites McLean, please share any suggestions or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Nelson is a serial, and parallel, entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in structuring strategic partnerships, winning initial clients, and raising capital for early stage companies. He served as VP of Partner Development and board member at the voice authentication company, TradeHarbor, where he structured an investment by Nokia and marketing alliances and client relationships with Fortune 500 companies. From 1999 through 2001, he served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Network Solutions and then at the VeriSign Ventures Group (after their acquisition of Network Solutions for $21BB) where he directed the launch of a series of new businesses. Prior to that Bob was cofounder and CEO of CrossMedia Networks, a market leading service to access email by voice, and worked in alliance marketing at MCI. Earlier in his career, Bob worked for a U.S. Congressman, two U.S. Senators, and a Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Bob also advises technology ventures including Augaroo, Clarabridge, GiftRocker, and Socialize.
Bill is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in engineering, operations, and finance. Most recently, Bill joined TradeHarbor as their Vice President of Services Architecture and Deployment and has led pilots with some of the world’s leading financial services companies allowing their customers to be authenticated by their voices. Previously, Bill consulted to the VeriSign Ventures Group and helped research and develop their Global Voice Registry offering. Bill was a co-founder of CrossMedia Networks and directed its industry leading MyInBox service that allowed consumers to retrieve and manage their email over their cell phone using only their voice in 1997. CrossMedia was acquired by a UK Telematics firm. Earlier, Bill was COO of the speech research products company, Entropic, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1992. He joined his first venture funded company in 1984.
Bill lives in Herndon, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BSEE and from the George Washington University with an MSEE.
Jim is a veteran of the online travel industry and is President of C2G, a Northern Virginia-based company whose mission is to help people plan better car trips and whose flagship product Cost2Drive has been used by over a 1 million car travelers. Prior to founding C2G, Jim spent ten years at AOL building consumer-facing Web experiences, most recently as the General Manager of AOL Travel where in a period of 18 months he grew traffic from 3 1/2 million monthly unique visitors to over 6 million, effectively doubling AOL's share of the online travel market. Jim has presented at numerous travel industry conferences and has been interviewed for his online travel expertise by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Products Jim has built have been featured on the Today Show, CNN and across dozens of local TV stations and newspapers.
In the role of Strategic Business Consultant, Kurt Bradshaw is responsible for execution of the HotelNeighborhood product trials and rollouts with our leading hotel industry partners.
Kurt has a deep digital agency background including more than 12 years of experience at MICROS eCommerce/TIG Global, a leading agency for the travel and hospitality industries. Most recently, Kurt was VP of Business Development at RepEquity where he was responsible for expanding the client base for online reputation management and other digital marketing services. Previously, Kurt led the Retail division of MICROS eCommerce Services, landing marquee clients in the retail industry. Prior to the acquisition of TIG Global by MICROS, he was the first employee of TIG Global, where as VP of Web Marketing he led all digital marketing strategy and analysis for their hospitality industry clients. There he worked with major brands including Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, LXR, and Ritz Carlton.
Patrick is an expert on geo-spatial engineering and local search and is VP of Engineering at ePals. In addition, Patrick was the original creator of the GALCULATOR™, the technology that powers Cost2Drive. Patrick was previously Head of Search Architecture and Research at AT&T Interactive and a principal software engineer at AOL He has spoken at the Library Of Congress on Local Search Design 2008, NASA JPL on Open Source Development for Corporations 2011, and was a Guest Lecturer at University of Southern California on CSCI Search Engine Design & Development Summer 2011.
In addition to strategic consulting in travel marketing, distribution and business development Bill offers corporate and board level advisory services to identify new business opportunities, solve issues and improve performance. He has been a leader and innovator in the travel industry for over 25 years.
Bill also serves as the Chairman and EVP of TLX Inc a company that he co-founded offering an automated solution for airlines to manage their crew hotel layover process. He was formerly COO and EVP of Best Western International, the world’s largest hotel chain and served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing at ITT Sheraton Corporation where he had responsibilities for travel industry marketing, worldwide strategic planning and the ITT Sheraton Reservations Corporation. He has been on the boards of public companies including Micros Systems Inc and Signature Inns and private companies such as Passkey Inc., which experience enables him to bring a unique focus to consulting clients.
Bill also served as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Pegasus Systems, Inc., and the holding company for The Hotel Industry Switch Company (THISCO) and the Hotel Clearing Corporation (HCC). His work in developing THISCO was cited by Dan Tapscott in his book, The Paradigm Shift, as one of the top ten examples of “having the visionary thinking required for success in today’s world of electronic marketing.”
John has over thirty-four years of hospitality experience in all aspects of the service industry. His prior position was Vice President and Hotel Manager at the two thousand guest room Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor. He worked for Marriott Hotels for twenty-five years at some of the largest hotels in their portfolio including the two thousand guest room “Marriott Marquis Times Square.” He has held executive positions in Sales and Marketing, Food and Beverage, Rooms, Retail, and has managed other departments such as Finance, Safety and Security, and Engineering. Prior to Marriott, he worked for Renaissance Hotels, Hilton Hotels, and Stouffer Hotels. His knowledge of all aspects of the hospitality industry prepares him to manage multiple operations.
Mike has spent the past fifteen years building early-stage companies in the digital media and mobile markets as a venture capitalist, operator, entrepreneur, and attorney. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Millennial Media, the largest independent mobile advertising company, where he is responsible for the company’s overall financial, strategic, legal and corporate development activities. Prior to joining the Millennial Media executive team, Mike was a venture capitalist at Columbia Capital, a leading communications and media-focused venture fund, where he led the firm’s digital media, mobile media and consumer internet investments. In his role at Columbia, Mike was involved in the founding of several of his portfolio companies, including Millennial Media. Mike received a BA with distinction from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two children.
Paul has contributed a number of innovations that shaped the telecom landscape during the past two decades. He is presently a partner with TurboBridge, an audio conferencing provider, and previously co-founded the nation's second largest residential Internet phone company, following a distinguished tenure with MCI.
Surendra is an experienced technology executive with over 20 years experience and held executive positions at StreamSage (A Comcast Company) VeriSign, AOL, and PLS. During his tenure with VeriSign, Surendra was responsible for the development of DNS resolution of .com and .net, a system capable of over 4 trillion queries per day. He is adept at recognizing talent and formed and nurtured teams to develop VOIP and Mobile Applications. His technical expertise enabled the development and implementation of infrastructure to monitor, detect, analyze and prevent DDOS attacks on VeriSign’s network applications. Prior to VeriSign, Surendra co-founded Wondir with several other AOL executives. Wondir is an organization with a simple mission: eliminate barriers between questions and answers. Wondir constructed a new and different kind of information service to connect people who have information needs with people and information that can help them. In 2005, Wondir was sold to Revolution Health, a Steve Case (AOL Co-founder) company. Prior to Wondir, Surendra was the Director, Search for AOL. He was responsible for the management and development of AOLSearch, Netscape Search and search engines for other AOL companies and led successful acquisition and integration of two cutting edge technology companies. Surendra is recipient of four patents and few pending in the area of Search Engines.
Daniel is a 20-year veteran of the computer industry. He is currently a Product Manager at Three Pillar Global where he works at PBS on mobile strategy, mobile apps and mobile web. Daniel is a seasoned veteran of managing the design, creation and delivery process of getting exciting consumer software products to the market. His passion is evident in every project he is involved with. He has an in depth knowledge in Collaboration, Messaging, Databases, Internet technologies and more recently, telephony and mobility products. His past positions include Director of Knowledge Management at iXL, Group Product Manager at Netscape (Navigator, Communicator product lines), Sr. Product Manager Collabra Software (Collabra Share) and for Borland International (Paradox). Daniel enjoys consulting on a regular basis with startup companies and other challenging software projects. He is a full time dad and enjoys teaching kids robotics, programming and electronics and is an avid Adventure Racer. Daniel studied Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Liddy is a seasoned technology and interactive media executive with almost 20 years of experience working with premier technology and information brands. Liddy is currently President of BeClose, a remote home monitoring system designed to allow people to age in place independently. Previously, she served as CEO of DigitalSports, a web service providing detailed information and coverage of high school sports throughout the country. Prior to DigitalSports, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Freewebs Inc., a venture backed, early-stage Internet company focused on user-generated content and social publishing. Previously, Liddy spent nine years as Vice President and General Manager at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. In those years she served in both functional roles (sales, marketing, business development) and ran the largest P&L at the company, Local Commercial Products and Online Classifieds. Liddy holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University and a BA in Music from Yale University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, three children and a boisterous Irish setter.
Michael Nelson analyzes technology policy for Bloomberg Government, an online service that examines how government decisions affect companies and business. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program, a unique, trans-disciplinary masters program for students and researchers interested in how information technology is shaping society and vice versa. Since January 2008, he has been conducting research and teaching courses on The Future of the Internet, innovation, technology forecasting, and e-government, as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Mike spent almost ten years as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to that, Mike was Director for Technology Policy at the FCC, where he helped craft policies to spur the growth of the Internet. Before joining the FCC in January 1997, Mike was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications policy, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy. Mike has a PhD from MIT and a BS from Caltech.
Scott is a veteran executive with 20 years of experience in building organizations, driving revenue, and increasing market share. Currently, Scott is the Chief Operating Officer at software and services company GreenLine Systems. Previously, Scott co-founded the mobile applications software and services company, PointAbout Inc. (makers of AppMakr.com). He moved to Washington, D.C. in 2003 to be the General Manager for Public Sector Business Development for Microsoft where Scott directly managed a team responsible for complex Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense and Education opportunities and was also responsible for leading Microsoft’s Dynamics (ERP/CRM/Supply Chain) sales team. He became a consultant to Microsoft in 1992 and in 1998 became the General Manager for the Midamerica Sales District for Microsoft in St. Louis, Missouri. He developed his first software at Texas Instruments in 1987 and later consulted to IBM via CTG inc. Scott graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering.
Dave is currently Founder and President of Arcode which is producing Inky to make email smart, simple, and safe. Prior to Arcode, Dave cofounded ITA in 1998 and served as their COO and on their board prior to returning to Bethesda, Maryland in 2008. ITA was sold to Google in 2011. Prior to ITA, Dave was a Vice President of Naughty Dog, where he co-developed the Crash Bandicoot series of videogames that sold 50 million copies. Dave graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in computer science and linguistics and from MIT with a masters in computer science with a focus on computational linguistics.
Jim is a seasoned veteran of the technology industry who has founded and run four successful technology companies over the past twenty years. Jim cofounded MITA Group, which provides a unique blend of business, technology, government policy, and political expertise to their clients, in 2006, and currently serves as a Partner specializing in federal sales acceleration for early stage companies with products and services to sell to government. Previously, Jim founded and served as President and CEO of Ernst & Young Technologies, Inc., leading it to $75 million in profitable sales after just three years of operation. Jim then orchestrated the sale of EYT in late 2000 to Cap Gemini and served as President of the newly created Cap Gemini Technologies. Prior to his work at EYT and Cap Gemini, Jim ran a number of firms including BDS, Inc., a systems integrator focused on sales to the federal government. In addition to his primary responsibilities as a line executive, he has helped launch and advise over a dozen companies in the high technology sector, with particular focus on software for federal and commercial markets. Much of Jim's expertise has been directed at federal government market penetration for software application companies, system integrators, and IT service firms.
Bill is one of the most sought-after advisors to public companies, boards of directors, audit committees and special committees dealing with corporate crises and related issues. Bill joined Wilmer Hale in 1998 and is the chair of the firm's Securities Department and a member of the Securities Enforcement Practice Group. He represents public companies, investment banks, accounting firms and advisors to mutual funds facing Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business describes Mr. McLucas as "the preeminent SEC enforcement lawyer in the country." In 1977, Bill joined the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, where he rose through the Division to serve as Director of Enforcement for eight years—longer than any other Enforcement Division Director in Commission history. Bill led the Division's Staff in numerous high-profile investigations and landmark enforcement actions, including settlement of the SEC’s cases against Michael Milken, hundreds of insider trading cases and numerous inquiries involving public companies, accounting firms and investment banks. Bill graduated from Penn State with a B.A. and from Temple University Beasley School of Law with a J.D.
Jim is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute; Principal of JPR Ventures, which provides private equity investments; and Director of the Proteus Foundation. Previously he was Chairman of Analog Design Automation, CEO of Network Solutions, and Chief Technology Officer of The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson-Reuters). He has also started or advised many early stage information and software companies. Jim received his B.S. degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. His other interests include: hunting, fishing, hiking, pyrotechnics, four wheeling, digital photography, war games, and computer based conferencing.
Tom has a 20 year record of leadership in the development of software technology and in growing companies. He was a co-founder of MicroStrategy and became its Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer. In 2001, he began making independent investments in early stage companies. He is currently President of Libra Ventures, LLC, a start-up web applications design company and also serves as Vice President of Jex Technologies which is focused on automating health care logistics. Since 2006, Tom has served on the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy (MSTR). In 2007, Tom agreed to lead the seed round of CrossMine, Inc. to help the company build out its vision of creating a directory of technology companies based on advanced search, geographic mapping, social networking, database, and textmining technologies. Tom graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.B. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Mike is a Partner at Cooley Godward in Reston, Virginia.
Sean is a Senior Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank in Vienna, Virginia.