Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, & Tech:NYC invite you to join us for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg series, featuring Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, & Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television.
Launched in 2000 & headquartered in Queens, JetBlue has introduced a number of innovations to the airline industry, from its early integration of seatback screens with live television to the availability of free Wi-Fi for all passengers on its flights. Operating in over 100 locations in North, Central, & South America, JetBlue is also evaluating the possibility of transatlantic flights, believing it can differentiate itself with a significantly lower pricing of business class seating.
Constantly seeking the next disruptive innovation in the travel industry, JetBlue launched JetBlue Technology Ventures in 2016 to invest in travel & hospitality-related technology startups. Since then, it has built a portfolio whose companies range from providers of predictive analytics for flight pricing & delays to developers of electric aircraft. Some investments, such as those in electric aircraft, are bets on the future of the industry, while others have yielded more immediate advantages for JetBlue. For example, a 2017 investment in Gladly's customer service technology platform was accompanied by JetBlue's implementation of the software to help better serve the airline's customers.
We hope you'll join us for the conversation with Hayes & Simi to discuss the innovations that are shaping the future of the airline industry, the challenges of engaging startups as a corporate VC, & how we might all be able to get a better deal on more legroom.
Cocktail reception begins
Doors close, conversation starts
Audience Q&A with Cornell Tech students
Networking & hors d'oeuvres to follow
PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited & registered attendees will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Doors close promptly at the top of the hour. Individuals arriving late may be turned away from the building. No walk-ins allowed.