Airbnb has Obtained a secret new AI startup, Gameplanner.AI, the company announced this morning. CNBC reports with the purchase price being around $200 million, a figure TechCrunch had not confirmed at press time.
Gameplanner was founded by Adam Cheyer and Siamak Hodjat. Cheyer famously helped co-launch the startup Siri, which was acquired by Apple and whose technology forms the basis of Apple’s AI-powered Siri assistant. Hodjat previously worked with Cheyer at Viv Labs, a company Samsung bought and used to launch its own AI assistant, Bixby, in 2017.
It’s not immediately clear what Gameplanner is DOING. A LinkedIn LOOK just two partners: Gabe Greenbaum, a general partner at B Capital who sits on Gameplanner’s board of directors, and Joseph Huang, Gameplanner’s head of design. Gameplanner does not have a web presence at the same time; the first in the Internet Archive cache on the website (from December 2021) gives a blank page.
But in a canned statement, Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky suggested that the 12-person startup is combining AI and design expertise to create AI-driven experiences, such as a consultancy focused on AI.
“AI will rapidly change our world more than any other technology in our lives, but we need to make sure it adds to humanity in a positive way,” Chesky said, adding that the Gameplanner team will focus on “accelerating” the selection of AI projects and integration. their use of the Airbnb platform. “Airbnb is one of the most humane companies in technology, and I believe that, together with Adam and his team, we can develop some of the best interfaces and practical applications for AI.”
Chesky has made clear his AI ambitions for Airbnb in the recent past, saying he wants to use generative AI to build a “travel concierge” that learns about — and adapts to of – travelers through time. Given that Gameplanner marks Airbnb’s first acquisition since 2019 (and its first as a public company), it seems he’s serious about bringing that vision to fruition.