Cycleswap

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Cycleswap
Type of businessStartup
Available inMultilingual
Headquarters
Area servedEurope
Employees10
Websitewww.cycleswap.nl
Users100.000+[1]
Current statusActive

Cycleswap is a platform through which individual bicycle owners and small bike shops can rent out bikes to individuals. The platform was founded in Amsterdam in 2015, and has been featured by various Dutch media after its launch.[2]

Cycleswap was conceived at the University of Amsterdam's Sciencepark campus in 2014, when co-founder Joran Iedema realized a great demand for rental bikes existed, and no bicycle rental amongst the campus facilities.[3] Taking the idea from earlier sharing platforms such as Airbnb and Snappcar,[4] Iedema proposed his plan to web developer Wouter Florijn, and later to friends David Schogt, David Knap and Matthijs Otterloo. The platform was launched on 7 January 2015.[5] As of 7 March 2015, the outfit had 120 bicycles listed.[6] In a Volkskrant interview, David Schogt stated that Cycleswap had processed 65 rentals in the first two months.[7] Trouw journalist Isabel Baneke states that Cycleswap uses personal information from both the renter and owner to ensure a safe transaction [8]

Cycleswap was acquired by the American bike-sharing platform Spinlister for an undisclosed amount in March 2016. At that time the website hosted around 40.000 listings [9]. Cycleswap offered an insurance in 4 countries.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nederlandse studenten verkopen 'Airbnb voor fietsen' aan Amerikanen". RTL Nieuws. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ Schutijser, J (2015). "Nieuwste tak deeleconomie: verhuur je fiets" (in Dutch). NOS. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ L, Oostra. (2015). Amsterdamse student bedenkt Airbnb voor fietsen. Het Parool. http://www.parool.nl/parool/nl/4/AMSTERDAM/article/detail/3841053/2015/01/30/Amsterdamse-student-bedenkt-Airbnb-voor-fietsen.dhtml
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Makkelijk een fiets gevonden via nieuwe app" (in Dutch). AT5. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ J, Nolles. (2015). De fiets als algemeen goed. De Volkskrant, http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/de-fiets-als-algemeen-goed~a3884088/
  7. ^ J, Nolles. (2015). De fiets als algemeen goed. De Volkskrant, http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/de-fiets-als-algemeen-goed~a3884088/
  8. ^ I, Baneke. (2015). Cycleswap, een soort UberPOP voor fietsen. Trouw. http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4492/Nederland/article/detail/3883659/2015/03/04/Cycleswap-een-soort-UberPOP-voor-fietsen.dhtml
  9. ^ "Spinlister acquires Amsterdam bike share business Cycleswap". Cycling Industry News. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse studenten verkopen 'Airbnb voor fietsen' aan Amerikanen". RTL Nieuws. Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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