Growth Matters: Kayak.com travels with $200 million in capital

With all the gloom in the global economy, I got to wondering whether there is anything else going on in the world of business. I'm looking for growth because I think that's what will ultimately bring the economy out of the doldrums. Not surprisingly, that growth is coming from technology companies. In Growth Matters, I look at consumer technology companies that point the way to growth trends -- and in the process introduce services and products you may want to explore

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If you're looking for the best deal on a trip you've decided you want to take, check out Kayak.com. As Kellie Pelletier, Kayak.com's VP of Communications, explained to me, "Co-founders of Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia created Kayak.com to provide consumers with more comprehensive travel options in one place. The site searches more than 100 different travel sites and provides real-time prices and availability for hundreds of airlines, 158,000 hotels, all leading rental-car companies, and 17 cruise lines. Kayak.com displays more choices of available itinerary/price combinations than any other travel site. Kayak.com even offers consumer comments and professional reviews to assist with trip-planning decisions."