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HomeAway.com, Inc.
Type Public
Industry Travel
Founded February 2005
Founders Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd
Headquarters Austin, TX, USA
Key people Brian Sharples (CEO)
Carl Shepherd (CDO)
Brent Bellm (COO)
Tom Hale (CPO)
Ross Buhrdorf (CTO)
Lynn Atchison (CFO)
Services Vacation Rentals
Website HomeAway.com

HomeAway, Inc. is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 1,000,000[1] vacation rental listings in 190 countries.[2] The company offers the most comprehensive selection of rentals[3] for families and groups to find everything from cabins, condos, castles, to villas, barns and farm houses.[4] Founded in February 2005 and headquartered in Austin, the company became publicly traded company in 2011.[5]

HomeAway was funded by venture capital firms Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures and Trident Capital.[6]


HomeAway, Inc was founded in 2004, previously known as CEH Holdings.[7] The company initially acquired several sites and consolidated them into a single vacation marketplace, launching HomeAway.com in June 2006.[8] Travelers can search HomeAway.com to find a vacation rental for free and homeowners can pay to advertise their property.[9]

The acquisitions that HomeAway has made include:

Date Acquisition Location
2005 CyberRentals.com U.S.
2005 GreatRentals.com U.S.
2005 A1Vacations.com U.S.
2005 TripHomes.com U.S.
2005 HomeAway.co.uk United Kingdom
2005 FeWo-direkt.de Germany
2006 VRBO.com[10] U.S.
2007 Abritel.fr[11] France
2007 VacationRentals.com[12] U.S.
2007 OwnersDirect.co.uk[13] United Kingdom
2009 Homelidays.com[14] France
2010 BedandBreakfast.com[15] U.S.
2010 AlugueTemporada.com.br[16] Brazil
2010 Escapia [17] US
2011 RealHolidays.com.au[18] Australia
2012 Toprural.com[19] Spain
2013 Travelmob[20] Singapore
2013 Stayz Australia[21] Australia

HomeAway moved into its new global headquarters in Austin, Texas on October 2, 2009; the first mixed-use project and the second company in Austin to achieve LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interior Design.[22]

On November 18, 2009, Us Weekly announced that HomeAway would reunite actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in a new short film and advertising campaign based on National Lampoon’s Vacation. The HomeAway ad represents the company’s first national advertising campaign that debuted during the CBS television network broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010.[23]


HomeAway announced in November 2006 its $160 million in financing to fund global expansion initiatives, including the acquisition of VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner).[6] On November 11, 2008, HomeAway announced it had completed an additional $250 million equity capital raise.[24] The investment was led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and with existing investors Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Redpoint Ventures.[25] In 2010 the Wall Street Journal named HomeAway one of the top 10 venture funded companies.[26]

Competitive environment[edit]

QuickHome announced its entrance into the vacation rental and home exchange marketplace on August 19, 2008. Orbitz also entered into the vacation rental marketplace.[27] The following day after the Orbitz announcement, Expedia’s TripAdvisor Web site took a majority stake in FlipKey, a website that features vacation rental properties and verified guest reviews.[28]

Craigslist also lists vacation rental properties.[29] Other lodging alternatives to hotels include BeWelcome, Couchsurfing, Roomorama, Hospitality Club, Airbnb, and 9flats.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HomeAway, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results". 
  2. ^ "About HomeAway". 
  3. ^ "Priceline Could Get Bigger In Vacation Rentals By Acquiring HomeAway". 
  4. ^ "HomeAway.com listings for cabins, condos, castles, villas, barns and farmhouses". 
  5. ^ "HomeAway IPO Prices At $27/Share; Valued At $2.2B". 
  6. ^ a b *Nuttall, Chris. "HomeAway makes $250m VC round splash", FinancialTimes.com, November 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "homeaway inc (AWAY) Details". Retrieved Jul 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ *Austin Business Journal. "Live the destination: Local company launches vacation rental Web site", Austin Business Journal, June 7, 2006.
  9. ^ *Perkins, Ed. "What's the Best Way to Arrange a Vacation Rental, Smarter Travel, April 19, 2010.
  10. ^ *Austin Business Journal."Vacation rental site lands $160M, buys competitor", Austin Business Journal November 13, 2006.
  11. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway buys French Web site", Austin Business Journal January 22, 2007.
  12. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway continues buying spree", Austin Business Journal May 14, 2007.
  13. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway continues buying streak with UK-based acquisition", Austin Business Journal October 2, 2007.
  14. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway picks up Homelidays SAS of Paris", Austin Business Journal February 4, 2009.
  15. ^ *Travel Weekly."HomeAway buys B&B website", Jerry Limone March 3, 2010.
  16. ^ *TechCrunch."HomeAway Expands To South America With Purchase Of Brazilian Counterpart", Robin Wauters March 9, 2010.
  17. ^ *HomeAway
  18. ^ *TechCrunch."HomeAway Broadens Presence In Australia With Acquisition Of Vacation Rental Site RealHolidays", Leena Rao April 4, 2011.
  19. ^ *TheNextWeb."HomeAway acquires Spain’s rural tourism site Toprural in all-cash deal", The Next Web April 2, 2012.
  20. ^ *TechCrunch."HomeAway Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific", Victoria Ho July 17, 2013.
  21. ^ *Market Watch."HomeAway Acquires Australia's Leading Vacation Rental Group, Stayz", December 4, 2013.
  22. ^ *Austin Business Journal."HomeAway HQ nabs LEED gold rating", Austin Business Journal, April 15, 2010.
  23. ^ *US Weekly. "Exclusive: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo to Reprise Vacation Roles", US Weekly, November 18, 2009.
  24. ^ "Some Startups Still Lure Investors", BusinessWeek.com.
  25. ^ *Ante, Spencer. "HomeAway: A Find in Online Vacation Rentals", BusinessWeek Online, November 11, 2008.
  26. ^ *DEBAISE, Colleen and Austin, Scott. "Sizing Up Promising Young Firms ", Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2010.
  27. ^ *Kaufman, David. "Orbitz adds vacation rentals to online offerings", Associated Press, August 19, 2008.
  28. ^ *Munarriz, Rick Aristotle. "Expedia's Widening Hammock", The Motley Fool, August 20, 2008.
  29. ^ *Perkins, Ed. "Can you trust travel deals on eBay and Craigslist?", USA Today, September 16, 2010.
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