As my Bloomberg colleague Brian Womack reported yesterday, Google paid $700 million for ITA Software, a 16-year-old company that has provided the flight-booking software for Orbitz since it opened for business in 2001. The acquisition brought back memories for me. I profiled ITA’s founder and CEO, Jeremy Wertheimer, in 2000 for BusinessWeek.com. The MIT PhD was brilliant back then, if still cash-strapped—he came up with the $100,000 to start his Cambridge, Mass., company by maxxing out his credit cards and borrowing from his parents. Today, he’s undoubtedly still brilliant and rich, too.
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