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Kevin McLaughlin

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Founder & CEO, - Grew from inception to $40M. Incubating the next big thing.

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Founder & CEO, - Grew from inception to $40M. Incubating the next big thing.

8 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea that I'm exploring
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Smart Destinations Inc.
Smart Destinations Inc.


Travel Startups Incubator


Strategic Advisor August 2014 - January 2015
Director of Product 1999 - 1999
CEO, Co-founder Actourex January 2015 - present
Advisor Bookity March 2014 - May 2015
Strategic Advisor Travel Startups Incubator August 2014 - January 2015
Founder & CEO Smart Destinations Inc. January 2003 - September 2013
Marketing Executive Netspoke 2001 - 2003
Director of Product Marketing & Business Development 1999 - 2001
Director of Product The Exchange 1999 - 1999
Product Marketing Manager Sybase 1996 - 1998
Product Marketing Manager FTP Software Worldwide 1994 - 1996
Marketing Manager Delphi Internet 1992 - 1994


The University of Connecticut School of Business Marketing 1984 - 1988

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Travel
  • • Mobile

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Marketing Strategy • Product Marketing • Startups • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

I've been in 5 startups, 2 as member of the leadership team. First leadership role was Director of Product - sold to Amazon for over $200M. Most recently as founder and CEO , growing the company from inception to over $40M in revenue in 2013.

My deepest strength is taking on complex problems and boiling them down to simple, elegant customer-facing solutions. I also understand the development path and how to best position to maximize revenue, margin and profit over time

After 10 years as a successful CEO, I understand the stages of a company and have the skills, patience and flexibility to achieve success in each. I've been a sales person, product manager, head of marketing and CEO in my 20 plus years of working in technology.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I take a very collaborative approach, focused on listening and understanding to arrive at a common vision. Building a great team with common purpose and beliefs is very important to me. It's a lot more fun to really like and care about the people you work with everyday and most often - you are more successful too!

As an Advisor

I am happy to dig in and get my hands dirty, especially with product conception and launch strategy.

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Andreas Widmer
We worked together
Kevin is both technologically astute and business savvy - a scarce combination. I worked with him all the way back in FTP days and later on ... advised him at his own successful startup. Kevin was always a can-do, driven and innovative collaborator. He gets the job done - but not alone like so many - Kevin will have an enthusiastic group with him. He's great at building winning ideas AND teams.
Mark Belinsky
We worked together
Kevin is a visionary. He sees opportunity where others see obstacles. He is a leader that knows how to delegate and get the most out of hi ... s people.
Jason Rubinstein
We worked together
Kevin has a strong vision, is not afraid to both communicate and defend it, and he is a go getter. He values relationships and he is awesom ... e at seeing how they can help foster new channels.
Scott D\'Entremont
We worked together
Kevin is bright and motivated. He is knowledgable about about products,strategy and what it takes to get a company going and scaled. He ha ... s done it before.
Jared Peddle
We worked together
Kevin and I worked together for sever years at Smart Destinations. During this time it was clear that Kevin was a "big picture" thinker. K ... evin respected everyone that worked at Smart Destinations, and in return all of the employees respected him as well.
Mike Fitterman
We worked together
I've known Kevin for over 15 years. Kevin has always been a driven individual, not afraid to take on risk in order to move his ideas/compan ... y ahead. He understands what it takes to get a startup off the ground and can make you believe in his vision with ease. I'd definitely work with Kevin again and have always valued his advice.
Ed Kim
They're my school
Kevin has the network to get the right people together. He also has the rare ability to get people with strong personalities to work togethe ... r on a common goal. I helped him start Smart Destinations and would start another business with him in a heartbeat.
Dan Teree
We worked together
I've known Kevin for over 8 years and have always found him to be intelligent, creative and highly trustworthy. I've always been impressed w ... ith how Kevin generates new ideas, tests those ideas quickly and amends as needed. I'd love to start a company with him some day!

Andreas Widmer
We worked together
He has the unique ability to see things 10-20 steps ahead and understand how to pull all the right pieces together. He's also really great ... at high level story telling - which leads to a great strategic leader - people naturally follow him.