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BitBend LLC

BitBend redefines the way people dream, research & plan travel, providing a level of flexibility not available in today's booking life cycle

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Chicago, IL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2011
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

BitBend was founded by a 20+ year veteran in the financial / trading technology space who saw an opportunity to leverage techniques used in his industry and apply them to the travel space. By building a team made up of industry veterans from both financial, technology and travel industries BitBend is now poised to bring the technology of travel planning and booking and to a completely new level.

Further details available upon request.


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    Robert Brown (BSc, MBA - LBS)

    20+ years in the financial technology space, focused for the past 10 years in the area of trading technology.

    Robert’s career has included work at Wall St firms, global public companies, as well as multiple start-up initiatives. As CEO he has previously raised VC funds & taken a company through to acquisition.

    A respected member of the financial community Robert sits on the FIA Technology Board and is a regular speaker on industry panels.

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    Tom Bacon (BA, MBA - HBS)
    Business Development

    As a senior travel industry executive, Tom brings 30 years experience from leading players including American, America Eagle and Frontier Airlines.

    Tom has focused in the areas of Financial planning and Revenue Management within the travel industry and is fluent in all aspects of the travel lifecycle.

    As a frequent speaker on industry panels, Tom’s credibility and contacts in the travel space are an ideal fit for the BitBend opportunity.

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    Don B (BEng)

    Don’s 20+ years in software development has been divided between global companies (Microsoft, JPM Morgan) and start-up initiatives.

    Don has been the sole developer of the BitBend prototype and has built the foundation of what will eventually become the complete BitBend solution.

    Accustomed to both getting his hands “dirty” with software development and managing development teams, Don is perfectly suited to bring BitBend to market.

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    Heidi Brown (BA, MBA - LBS)
    Finance / Marketing

    As the originator of the BitBend concept, Heidi has integrated her 10 years of experience as an international FX/FI trader with her passion for travel.

    Having focused for the past decade on raising her family and on philanthropic initiatives, Heidi will now leverage her considerable financial and marketing skills to help drive BitBend forward.

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    Michael Harbin
    Cheif Architect

    Michael is a leader in the travel technology space with over 20 years of experience architecting, developing and integrating travel solutions for suppliers, distributors and online & traditional travel agencies.

    Mike has held many roles at companies such Northwest Airlines, Worldspan and Travelport. He was also a founding team member at Orbitz and co-founder at G2 SwitchWorks, making him a great addition to the BitBend team.


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    Craig Bradley - Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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    Arnold Brown - BrownCPA Group

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