The six-employee travel-planning startup Vamo has been acquired by Airbnb, the short-term rental giant.
Vamo will be shut down as of 1 October, and team members will be joining Airbnb.
Deal terms weren't disclosed, but Vamo had raised $1.6 million in seed funding from a variety of angel investors including Adam D’Angelo, Bono, Max Levchin, Hadi and Ali Partovi, Keith Rabois, Spencer Rascoff, Sam Shank, and SV Angel.
To speculate, much of that money has probably been spent, and it's unclear how generous Airbnb would have been to the investors.
Vamo's speciality was the additional layers of trip-planning for complex trips.
Airbnb's interest in it may be a hint of the company's ambitions in the industry, and not just in hiring talent like Vamo CEO Ari Steinberg.
As Re/Code notes, Airbnb has also acquired (and shut down) "neighborhood analysis service NabeWise, crowdsourcing tool Localmind and photo sharing app DailyBooth."
But Airbnb's purchase might also serve as a signal to other companies in the industry. Maybe they should also try using the latest computational techniques for approaching what are called "constraint satisfaction problems," the way Vamo did, because it is so promising.
See Tnooz's startup profile of Vamo from earlier this year.