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Background: Founder of GetThere, which IPOd in 1999
Current: Founder CEO Climos
Whaley got into e-commerce and online travel reservations in the mid-90s. He founded web travel reservation company GetThere, which went public in 1999 and was sold to The Sabre Group in 2000 for $750 million. Now he’s the founder and CEO of a somewhat controversial startup that wants to use iron to fertilize phytoplankton in the world’s oceans. His company is partly funded by Musk (#6). Our interview with Whaley here.