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Airbnb Just Hired Gowalla Cofounder To Focus On Mobile

About half of hosts use Airbnb’s mobile apps.

Airbnb Just Hired Gowalla Cofounder To Focus On Mobile
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Gowalla cofounder Scott Raymond has left Facebook, which acqui-hired the former Foursquare competitor about two years ago, to join Airbnb’s mobile product team, TechCrunch reports.

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With about half of Airbnb’s hosts using its mobile apps, the company has been hard at work to improve the mobile experience, and an update over the summer let hosts create listings and upload photos from their phones. Airbnb, which has hosted more than 8.5 million guests, made another high-profile hire last month, bringing on Chip Conley, founder of the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel chain, as head of global hospitality.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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