9flats

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9flats
Private
Industry social networking service
Founded 2010, Launch March 2011
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Key people
Stephan Uhrenbacher (Chairman, Founder)
Roman Bach (Co-Founder)
Website www.9flats.com

9flats is a peer-to-peer property rental company for private accommodations. Travelers book to stay in other people’s residences[1] and property owners rent out their private accommodations.[2]

It was launched by German internet entrepreneur Stephan Uhrenbacher – founder of Qype, and former head of northern European operations for lastminute.com.[2][3] The site is a European competitor to the US-based Airbnb.[4] In 2014 Roman Bach was named CEO; he vacated that post in April, 2016 . Uhrenbacher moved to the advisory board.[5]

History[edit]

The founders secured funding from venture capital fund E.ventures (CityDeal/Groupon) and launched 9flats.com in February 2011[2] with an inventory of 5,000 places.[6] The company was based in nine different locations around the world,[7] but is now headquartered in Hamburg.[2]

In May 2011, 9flats secured another round of investment from venture capital funds Redpoint Ventures (HomeAway), ProFounder (ex-lastminute.com) and Greycroft Partners, bringing the total funding to US$10 million.[8] In January 2012, 9flats completed a round of funding led by T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom AG. This round included Redpoint Ventures and E-Venture Capital Partners (Hamburg).[9]

In April 2012, 9flats had over 50,000 members and 30,000 hosts[10] in 104 countries.[11]

In late 2011, 9flats became the first well-known European or North American company in the social travel space to open an Asian office in Singapore, led by VP of Asia Ng Wei Leen, establishing a presence ahead of global competitors like Airbnb.[12][13]

In August 2012, 9flats acquired the Toronto-based competitor istopover, extending its service to North America and growing its property base to 100.000 apartments.[14] [15]

9flats is growing by 300% despite tight competition.[16] In March 2013 9flats introduced bitcoin as payment method and is ever since supporting projects around the cryptocurrency.[17]

In 2014 9flats announced that it is the first profitable player in the Social Travel Industry.[5]

In November 2014 9flats introduced a new payment option: book now, pay later.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Couts, Andrew. "Travel hotel-free by finding unique lodging online". Digital Trends. Digital Trends. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Solon, Olivia (17 May 2011). "9flats launches in UK, lets you rent your spare room to the web". wired.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  3. ^ http://stephan-uhrenbacher.com/about
  4. ^ Palmer, Maija (28 October 2011). "Berlin emerges as technology challenger". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/20/9flats-founder-moves-upstairs/
  6. ^ Seiderer, Sophia (16 March 2012). "Schlafplatzvermittlung im Internet: Von Sofa bis Penthouse". Die Welt. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Uhrenbacher, Stephan. "9flats.com". Stephan Uhrenbacher blog. Stephan Uhrenbacher. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Bradshaw, Tim (31 May 2011). "Airbnb moves 'aggressively' into Europe". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Bernau, Varinia (12 January 2012). "Was die Telekom mit Groupon und 9flats vorhat". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  10. ^ 9flats. "9flats LinkedIn Overview". 9flats LinkedIn page. LinkedIn. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Hall, Max (11 January 2012). "9flats gets multi-million Deutsche Telekom funding". www.venturevillage.eu. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "WIT - WEB IN TRAVEL : 9flats banks on security and customer service to make it big in Asia". classic.webintravel.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  13. ^ "Airbnb sets up Singapore office". SG Magazine Online. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  14. ^ http://gigaom.com/europe/airbnb-rivals-consolidate-as-9flats-picks-up-istopover/
  15. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/06/9flats-acquires-istopover-to-put-the-heat-on-airbnb-doubles-its-rentals-capacity/
  16. ^ http://stephan-uhrenbacher.com/what-i-do-entrepreneur-investor-coach/741/
  17. ^ Vigna, Paul (20 November 2013). "Bitcoin Couple Travels the World Using Virtual Cash". The Wall Street Journal. 
  18. ^ https://www.9flats.com/de

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