Less than a year after selling the popular travel site Kayak to Priceline for $1.8 billion, cofounder Paul English is preparing his next act: a tech incubator in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood.
English is approaching his new project with a certain zest. He’s hoping the incubator will serve as a matchmaker, of sorts between executive types and technologists, who would pair up and launch companies.
English is planning an “outrageous” workspace that in the evenings will be transformed into a nightclub, with regular events that “celebrate creative people” such as dancers, sculptors, and clothing designers.
“When people visit, even if they don’t know what we’re doing, we want it to be so amazing that they say, ‘Please, can I work there?’ ” English said.
The incubator has been given a code name, Blade, and English has leased about 6,000 square feet at 250 Summer St.
‘When people visit, even if they don’t know what we’re doing, we want it to be so amazing that they say, “Please, can I work there?’’ ’
English did not want to go into detail about the new incubator, but he and several partners have been camped out in the Downtown Crossing office of One Mighty Roar, a digital design firm.
Construction at the Summer Street space got underway earlier in August.
“The incubator is going to be my next 10 years,” he said.
By linking up chief executives and technology officers, English hopes to replicate the success he had with Steve Hafner, his cofounder and chief executive at Kayak.
For now, he hopes that the incubator will launch about three new companies a year.
“We’ll fund them for the first six months, hire the first 10 people, help them raise money, and then kick them out,” English said.
Earlier this month, English announced that he will serve as the part-time chief technology officer at Kayak and is focusing on recruiting and organizational development.
“It is really important to me that Kayak continue to have as strong a team as possible,” he said.
English also announced on Twitter recently that he has joined the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a part-time senior lecturer, helping to design an entrepreneurship class with Bill Aulet, a former entrepreneur who runs the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
He has also been collaborating with programmer Bob Rainis on an iPhone app, called RoadWars, that should be available soon. Rainis’s LinkedIn profile describes it as an “iPhone app for rating driving ability.”
English and Hafner cofounded Kayak in 2004 in the Cambridge offices of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm.
While its headquarters were later set up in Norwalk, Conn., English built up a large technology team in Concord.