Web: Airbnb ‘Acqhires’ Flight Search Tool Vamo

September 2015 by: From The Web

Airbnb has acquired Vamo, a flight search company similar to Kayak, and will be shutting down the product.

The six-person Vamo team — five engineers and one designer — will be joining Airbnb to work on guest services products like traveler booking tools and the listings’ search engine. The terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

Vamo, founded almost two years ago, raised $2 million in venture from a Who’s Who of tech angel investors before the acquisition: Quora founder Adam D’Angelo, Khosla’s Keith Rabois, PayPal’s Max Levchin, Path’s Dave Morin and more. Started by former Facebook engineer Ari Steinberg, it sought to make it easier for people to plan multi-stop trips, with a focus on booking airfare. The demand for the service was only “modest,” according to Steinberg.

“Growing a travel business is really difficult,” he said. “We realized the opportunity at Airbnb was much bigger.”

No data or technology from the Vamo product itself will be used by Airbnb, although the team was acquired in part for their expertise with booking.


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