Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998, with Martha Lane Fox, in the living room of his London flat three years after having drafted the initial idea. Brent was 29 and Martha was just 25. lastminute.com offers consumers airline tickets, car hire, hotel rooms, package holidays, entertainment tickets, restaurant reservations, home delivery, speciality services, gifts and auctions. Brent’s initial vision remains unchanged – ‘to delight customers with great value, inspiration and solutions when they are going away, going out or staying in.’
The company floated in March 2000 when the dotcom bubble was at its peak. Seven years on the company is the number one travel website in Europe and was acquired by Travelocity Europe for $1.1 billion, a division of Sabre Holdings Corporation on 20th July 2005.
Brent remained CEO of lastminute.com through 2005, until April 2006 when he handed over the CEO position to lastminute.com. Brent’s entrepreneurial vision ensures the lastminute.com customer experience is continually enhanced by the latest innovations in technology. At the end of 2006, Brent left lastminute.com to start other ventures.. He then became chairman and chief strategic officer of
Brent’s leading industry role was recognised by several organisations – these include: Time Magazines Top 25 European digital leaders, Revolution’s Internet Person of the Year and the Institute of Travel Tourism (ITT) Travel Business Person of the Year.
Brent most recently founded another VC-backed internet startup, mydeco, which launched in February 2007 – the online interiors site that intends to revolutionise the way we shop and design for our homes, encouraging consumers to spend, socialise and play house all at the same time.
Brent is a Governor of the University of the Arts College, London and a Non-Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group. From January 2007 he took on the role of Non-Executive Chairman of wayn.com – a travel and leisure social network with over 10 million members. He is also an angel investor in several internet companies including Viagogo, Wayn.com and moveme.com.
Brent, now 40, was born in South Africa, educated at Eton and holds a MA in French and German literature from Oxford. He lives in central London with his wife, Genevieve, two daughters and new born baby son.Brent, now 40, was born in South Africa, educated at Eton and holds a MA in French and German literature from Oxford. He lives in central London with his wife, Genevieve and two daughters and one son.
He is a frequent speaker on innovation, internet trends and start ups. http://www.speakersassociates.com/index.pl?Page=Biography&Nm=Brent%20Hoberman&gclid=CKL25t2JvpkCFUIw3godVkpU7A