Airbnb acquires a Russian startup Lapka for amount unknown


Airbnb, a well-known online residence accommodation service, has now acquired Lapka, a Russian Industrial design firm for reason unknown. Neither of the company disclosed the financial terms of the acquisition.


The Russian-based startup Lapka is a hardware startup building sensors primarily embedded in health-minded devices. It has made breathalyzer to be used with smartphones and a ‘personal environmental monitor,’ that consists of four sensors for radiation, electromagnetic field strength, humidity and nitrate levels.

In the official blog post, the excited CEO of Lapka Vadik Marmeladov stated, ” What we’re capable of building together is beyond explanation, so let’s leave that for later news. The future is long.” Airbnb’s co-founder Joe Gebbia stated, ” Since the moment Lapka launched their first product. I have been inspired by their impressive design sensibilities — a combination of beauty, form, and story.”

Though the acquisition may be a good news, it is still unclear what Airbnb intends to do with Lapka. Lapka deals with sensors skewed towards monitoring ‘personal environment’ metrics like radiation and carbon monoxide. So it’s assumed Airbnb may be looking into making connected home tech of its own, not far off from what’s going on at Google-owned nest. Or maybe the company is teaming up to create some sort of attractive gadget for its use.

However, without too much of assumption, it’s clear that Airbnb will be able to help Lapka achieve its goal of delivering high-end industrial design to the masses, all while creating even more seamless travel experience for its users.

Further to the acquisition, Lapka is rolling down its shutters.