Ten years ago SiteMinder co-founders Mike Ford and Mike Rogers saw a problem – and an opportunity: product distribution was a nightmare at a Sydney hostel Mike Ford part-owned, managing online travel agent bookings was slow, clumsy, labour-intensive, time-consuming.
There had to be a better way…
And there was.
But no-one had any inkling that would be the first step in a business journey that has so far led to creation of a global hotel technology company with 23,000 customers, 45 million annual transactions and 540 staff.
Certainly not Mike and Mike, who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of SiteMinder, which now has offices through Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.
This year the company will process transactions worth more than $25 billion.
"I don't think were looking that far forward to be honest," says Mike Ford, the public face of SiteMinder while Mike Rogers quietly and efficiently leads technology development, bedrock of the company's success.
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