Wimdu, the Airbnb-clone of the German Samwer brothers, just launched a Chinese subsidiary called Airizu. As Wimdu is registered as a Chinese company it seemed logical that the startup would enter the Chinese market sooner or later anyway. The speed of Wimdu’s international expansion is sign that the market for Airbnb-kind-of-services continues to heat up. Another indication of this is the fact that Stephan Uhrenbacher (co-founder of 9flats) announced today via twitter, that “9flats raised a major round from US VCs. Details to follow next week”. 9flats, a Hamburg based competitor of Airbnb and Wimdu, started its platform in 6 languages earlier this year and has already over 5,000 offers in 2,000 cities on its website.
The idea behind Airbnb and its clones (Wimdu, Airizu, 9flats…) is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique spaces around the world. It’s going to be exciting who will make the race and whether one of the clones will be able to become competitive in relation to Airbnb.