Airbnb Buys Localmind

Airbnb has acquired Localmind, a platform that uses crowdsourcing to find out what’s happening in a given community. Terms of the deal were not release, and Airbnb announced the deal on its blog.


We have some exciting news.

Today, we’re proud to announce that the Localmind team is now part of Airbnb!

We love Localmind’s product – a platform that lets users crowdsource wisdom about what’s happening on the local scene in real time. Even more than that, we think the Localmind team (Lenny Rachitsky, Beau Haugh, and Nelson Gauthier) is frankly awesome.

So this acquisition means that everything related to Localmind – including technology, intellectual property, product, and (of course!) the Localmind team – are now part of Airbnb.

This was always meant to be. Localmind’s mission centers on using online technologies to connect people offline. At its core, that’s what Airbnb does.

We were also impressed by the world-class talent at Localmind. We feel that the caliber of Localmind’s engineers and producers reinforces the world-class team we’re building here.

The unification is already bearing fruit. The Localmind product team is integrating new social initiatives into the Airbnb experience. It’s just what our passionate global community has been asking for.

We believe that the results of this acquisition will mean more authentic, more local experiences for our traveling community – and our hosts as well!

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