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Thayer Ventures Adds to Industry Advisory Board

Monday December 3rd, 2012 - 9:40AM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Thayer Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on emerging technology companies in the travel and hospitality industry, has added to its Industry Advisory Board.

The additions include the following: Barry Sternlicht, founder and CEO of Starwood Capital Group; Don Carty, CEO of American Airlines; Greg Dollarhyde, CEO of The Veggie Grill; Jim Abrahamson, CEO of Interstate Hotels; Tom Klein, president of Sabre Holdings; Chuck Floyd, COO-North America of Hyatt Hotels Corporation; and Paul Brown, president of Hilton Worldwide.

Thayer Ventures plans to grow the Industry Advisory Board in the coming months.

In addition, TourWrist, a Thayer Ventures Portfolio Company, was recognized with a number of awards at PhoCusWright's Travel Innovation Summit held here recently. A start-up in the travel field, which allows consumers to shoot, publish and share 360-degree panoramic images of hotels and other travel-related businesses or attractions via smart phones, tablets or computers, TourWrist won the DEMO award for the Most Game-Changing Innovation, the conference award for the Most Innovative Emerging Company and the General Catalyst award for Travel Innovation, which includes $250,000 investment.