Kayak: The Travel Upstart Google Could Crush

Kayak CEO and co-founder Steve Hafner at NASDAQ on the day the company listed. Photograph Courtesy Kayak

Amid the wreckage of Facebook’s public debut and Groupon’s perpetual goring, it’s easy to overlook one of the few tech IPOs that hasn’t flopped in 2012: Kayak Software, the meta-search travel site that combs a variety of sites when you hunt for a flight or hotel rate.

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