Episode 126

How to Exit a Travel Business During a Global Lockdown with Cyrus Ghazanfar

This week on The Exit: How do you exit a travel business during a global lockdown? When Cyrus Ghazanfar co-founded Pilota, a machine learning product to predict the risk of flight disruptions, he never imagined that every flight in the world would be grounded in just a few months. The travel market completely disappeared as flights were halted, and while the business could sustain themselves for a few months, it turned out COVID would last much longer. So how did they negotiate an Exit to Hopper, a travel company valued at $5B, during a pandemic? Listen to find out.
Cyrus Ghazanfar is the Co-founder and CTO at Beagle, which is aiming to solve inefficiencies in the 401(k) market. Previously, Cyrus co-founded Pilota where they used AI to proactively mitigate travel risk, which was acquired in 2021.

Website – cyzanfar.github.io/

Website – https://meetbeagle.com/

Twitter @BeagleFinancial- https://twitter.com/beaglefinancial

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/cyzanfar

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Steve McGarry

An entrepreneur, content creator, and investor based in sunny Tampa, Florida. In 2015, while living in San Francisco, Steve sold his first fintech startup LendLayer to Max Levchin’s (founder of PayPal) consumer finance company Affirm.

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