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Gavin Delany

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder & CEO of Stride. Business Development, Sales & GM Leader. Formerly at Viator, Starwood Hotels, and Bain. Stanford and Harvard grad.

Founder & CEO of Stride. Business Development, Sales & GM Leader. Formerly at Viator, Starwood Hotels, and Bain. Stanford and Harvard grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Stride Travel

Side Projects

Stride Travel

Positions

Founder & CEO Stride Travel 2014 - present
Vice President Global Product Sales Viator 2012 - 2013
Vice President of Sales ZOZI 2011 - 2012
Business Development Consultant shopkick 2010 - 2011
Vice President, Marketing & Product Incentium 2009 - 2010
Director of Business Development, Hotels & Lodging KAYAK 2008 - 2008
Consultant Bain & Company 2005 - 2008
Business Development Manager Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 2001 - 2004

Education

Stanford University Graduate School of Business 2004 - 2006
Harvard University Government 1997 - 2001
Phillips Exeter Academy 1994 - 1997

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Content marketing
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Consumer Marketing
  • • Travel
  • • User Experience Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Green
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Travel
  • • Baby boomer and senior customer segments

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • E-Commerce • Business Development • Entrepreneurship • Startups

Key Accomplishments

Over 10 years experience in general management, business development, sales, product management and marketing primarily in online travel businesses. I’ve been on teams in fantastic organizations pioneering new consumer products and business models including Viator (online day tour and attraction leader), zozi (activity and travel deals), Kayak (hotel metasearch), shopkick (mobile local shoping), Bain (management consulting and private equity) and Starwood Hotels (focusing on online distribution strategy).

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I love working on teams with open honest frequent communication, clear goals, flexible strategies, and balance between working hard and having fun.

I bring:
• Experience leading teams, creating new products, establishing partnerships, driving revenue, analyzing opportunities strategically, and growing businesses
• Access to valuable networks
• Passion to build great products and a great organization – one truly benefiting all stakeholders
• Energetic ‘go for gold’ attitude and irreverent sense of humor

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Peter Zimmerman
We worked together at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
He is a superb businessman.
Daniel Rosen
They're my friends
Gavin is one of the smartest people I know, extremely intellectually curious and analytical. This should provide for great vision for his c ... ompany and whatever product they develop. He also has a lot of fantastic sales, marketing and management experience as well, which to me means he can handle the early evangelism required of an entrepreneur, and he can wear many hats.
Baidi Li
We worked together at Viator
Gavin invests in his business idea, his partners, and his staff. He is passionate and serious about what his is doing.
Barbara Coll
We worked together  •  CEO WebMama.com Inc, co-founder SEMPO, Advisor to start-ups. Search Marketing consultant. Carleton University (Canada) grad.
Gavin's understanding of how to build a company in the Valley is astounding. He has an innate sense of the complexity, challenges and reward ... s. Most importantly, he brings joy into all that he does.

Tyler Martin
They're my friends  •  Advisor, Handi Enterprises and Founder, Actigram Labs. University of Alberta grad.
Tyler has started several companies and is a natural entrepreneur. A multi-talented designer, coder, business thinker. More successes defi ... nitely in his future.

Barbara Coll
We worked together  •  CEO WebMama.com Inc, co-founder SEMPO, Advisor to start-ups. Search Marketing consultant. Carleton University (Canada) grad.
I've hired Barbara as a consultant for a previous company and she is an advisor for my current company. She is a savvy SEO and can help com ... panies both get the fundamentals of SEO and SEM off to the right start compounding value over time and keep you abreast of latest tactics and search engine changes and ramifications for your business. Barbara also genuinely enjoys mentoring and it shows.