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Airbnb acquires Localmind to create crowdsourced advice about neighborhoods

Excerpt from GigaOM

Dec 13, 2012 11:11 am

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The room-booking site has made recent efforts to boost its local wisdom with products featuring neighborhood best of lists and tips from residents and Airbnb users. Localmind’s integration may help it improve the type of advice it can offer.

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Airbnb announced today that it has acquired the startup Localmind, which makes a social app that allows users to ask and answer questions specific to locations. In a blog post, Airbnb noted that the team would bring a new social component to the company, and the location-based information that Localmind has been working on is a perfect fit with what Airbnb is doing:

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.

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