Who knows what GamePlanner does, but Airbnb just bought the company

Who knows what GamePlanner does, but Airbnb just bought the company. Let's dive in to this and other news from startup land.

Airbnb acquires secretive firm launched by Siri co-founder

Airbnb has acquired a secretive new AI startup, GamePlanner.AI, the company announced this morning. CNBC reports that the purchase price was around $200 million, a figure that TechCrunch was unable to

Will Airbnb’s co-founder build your next home?

Samara raised $41 million "to bring high quality ADUs to every backyard in California and beyond." ADUs refer to accessory dwelling units, or more plainly, backyard homes.

Airbnb leans on reviews to make listings more reliable as it tests review summaries using generative AI

Airbnb has given hotels a run for their money with offerings that are often more flexible, sometimes cheaper, and more characterful than their traditional hospitality counterparts. One area where Airb

Summer, which helps customers buy — and rent out — vacation homes, raises $18M

Multiple studies show that younger generations aren’t buying homes as quickly as their generational predecessors. Yet a relatively new startup, Summer, thinks it can convince this cohort to snat

Want to detect bad actors? Look on the bright side

Even a company the size of Airbnb, it turns out, doesn't have that much data on rule-breaking behavior.

Even Airbnb properties are getting a checkmark

Airbnb is trying to crack down on fake listings by verifying all listings in its top five markets — the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and France. The company is trying to crack down on fake list

Yeah, tech growth is slowing down

Airbnb, Twilio and Amplitude's earnings together indicate that tech growth is slowing not just for Big Tech, it's across the board.

Airbnb’s average home prices have gone up, so now it’s refocusing on rooms to give users more affordable alternatives

Airbnb started out of an idea of renting out spare beds and rooms in private homes to people as an affordable alternative to hotels, but as it has scaled it’s spent years going upmarket from tha

Roami takes on Airbnb with creativity, grit and $14M

It takes a special kind of gumption to wake up in the morning and say “You know what? I can do better than Airbnb,” but that’s what Andreas King-Geovanis did with Roami. The company

Airbnb is banning people associated with prohibited users as a safety precaution

Airbnb is banning people who are associated with prohibited users as a safety precaution, according to a new report from Motherboard. If a user is banned because they are associated with a person Airb

Airbnb posts a record Q4 as travel recovers post-pandemic

Airbnb is raking in the dough. The company reported a record Q4 today, beating its previous benchmark both in terms of revenue and net income. In Q4, Airbnb’s revenue grew 24% year over year to

Sequoia reveals in filing how much is sitting in its Sequoia Capital Fund (and yes, it’s a lot)

Almost a year ago to the day, the 50-year-old investing powerhouse Sequoia Capital announced that it had reorganized itself around a singular, permanent structure: The Sequoia Capital Fund. Now, thank

Airbnb is rolling out a toggle to show you price inclusive of all fees

Airbnb is rolling out a new toggle to show you the price, inclusive of all fees (before taxes), for your stay instead of showing you a per-night price. This means you won’t have to go to the boo

Airbnb is helping find renters an apartment so they can Airbnb it

Airbnb really wants you to Airbnb an apartment. So its latest step is to find renters a place, which they can also list on the travel booking platform. Today, the company introduced a new program call

Airbnb rolls out a host of new perks for hosts

Airbnb has more than 4 million hosts managing accommodations and experiences on its platform. Now, as it looks to drive more bookings, it’s on the hunt for more. After introducing a major redesi

Airbnb will soon show prices inclusive of all fees in search results

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said today that the company is refining its search to show the total price, inclusive of fees — like the increasingly controversial cleaning fees — in the search re

Tesla appoints Airbnb co-founder to board

Tesla has appointed Airbnb co-founder and billionaire Joe Gebbia to its board of directors, according to a securities filing. Gebbia, a designer who co-founded Airbnb, officially joined the board Sept

Can this startup solve the HR headache that is digital nomads? It just raised $12M to try

In the new era of remote and hybrid working, companies need to manage people who either relocate or work remotely. For obvious reasons, that has created a huge headache for HR directors. Back in 2014,

Dubai-based Stake raises $8 million to let people across the globe invest in local properties

Dubai-based startup Stake is offering retail investors from across the globe the opportunity to buy fractions of rental property in UAE’s marquee city and earn regular income. The startup, founded i
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