Paul M. English

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Paul M. English
Paul M English.jpg
English in 2012
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Massachusetts-Boston (B.S. Computer Science '87, M.S. Computer Science '89)
Occupation CEO and co-founder of Lola
Years active 1989–present

Paul M. English (born 1963)[1][2] is the founder of several software companies and he is a philanthropist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Lola,[3] a Boston-based travel service. English was previously the CTO and cofounder of KAYAK was acquired by Priceline in November 2012.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

English received a BA in Computer Science from UMass Boston in 1987, and an MS in Computer Science in 1989. English graduated from Boston Latin School in 1982.[5]


English worked as a software engineer at Texet Corporation (electronic publishing software) in Arlington, Massachusetts, at Haemonetics (blood centrifuge device drivers) in Braintree, Massachusetts, at Data General (operations research) in Westboro, Massachusetts, at APC Systems (real-time data acquisition for the US Air Force) in Melrose, Massachusetts, and at Individeo (sound effect development) in Woburn, Massachusetts.

English worked in as SVP of Engineering and SVP of Product Management and Marketing at Interleaf in Waltham, Massachusetts.

English was a Director at Intermute from 1999 to 2005, where he led the design and development of “SpamSubtract”. InterMute was sold to Trend Micro in May 2005.[6]

English serves on the non-profit Boards of Summits Education (Haiti), Partners In Health and Village Health Works.

English is the founder of “”[7] which seeks to restore personal contact in customer service.

English was the President of Boston Light Software, an ecommerce company he co-founded in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1998 and sold to Intuit in 1999,[8] where English became Intuit’s VP of Technology. At Intuit, he managed the QuickBooks web site creation and merchant account / service ecommerce development teams and he led the creation of the Intuit Developer Network and the Intuit Innovation Lab.

English served in 2008–2009 as the Chief Technology Director of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequality[9] at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, leading the creation of GHDonline community of global health workers.

Until July 2016, English was a part-time instructor at MIT Sloan School of Management, where he taught entrepreneurship.[10]


English won 2008 CTO of the Year from Mass Technology Leadership Council[11] and 2012 New England Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst and Young.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, English was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[13]

English is the founder of the World Xiangqi League, an online Chinese chess community created in 1997.


  1. ^ "A Voice in the Wilderness". People. December 5, 2005. English, 42 
  2. ^ "The Way I Work: Paul English of KAYAK". Inc. February 1, 2010. English, 46 
  3. ^ "In a Self-Serve World, Start-Ups Find Value in Human Helpers". New York Times. December 16, 2015. English, the co-founder of a new online company called Lola Travel 
  4. ^ "KAYAK acquired by Priceline". Boston Globe. November 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Boston Latin - Notable Alumni". 
  6. ^ "Trend Micro to buy anti-spyware firm InterMute". NetworkWorld. May 10, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Interview with English about". NPR Morning Edition. November 23, 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Boston Light Software". Bloomberg. August 2, 1999. 
  9. ^ Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequality
  10. ^ "Faculty profile: Paul English". MIT Sloan School of Management. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  11. ^ "2008 CTO of the Year". Reuters. October 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  12. ^ "2012 New England Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients". Ernst and Young. Archived from the original on 2012-06-25. 
  13. ^ Kidder 2016, p. 103.


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