The Berlin based Airbnb-clone Wimdu announced today, that it has just raised $90 million from Rocket Internet and Kinnevik. As Kinnevik has announced an investment of about $35.5m, this means that Rocket Internet has pumped about $54.5m into the young startup. Rocket Internet is a Berlin based startup incubator which is backed by the Samwer brothers.
Like Airbnb and 9flats, Wimdu is a social marketplace that pairs adventurous travelers with unique properties and private hosts to create exciting travel experiences. The platform allows anyone to list, find and book private spaces. Hosts are enabled to list their space for free. Wimdu manages the booking / payment processes and charges a commission.
The rapidly-expanding clone currently features over 10,000 private accommodations in more than 50 countries. The Wimdu-team has already grown to 400 employees, working from 15 offices worldwide – according to the newest press release.