If you like to travel you’ve probably heard of Airbnb, even if you’ve never used it. That lodgings marketplace enables users to rent out their homes to others. But what if you just wanted to swap apartments with someone who lived in a city you wanted to visit?
To solve that problem a startup called MyTwinPlace has built a marketplace for housing swaps.
MyTwinPlace is trying to connect users who want close to free accommodations in cities they plan to travel to. But to do so, users need to also make their homes available to others. Even so, finding dates times and cities that match up isn’t always possible, which is why MyTwinPlace has come up with a few interesting ways to get around those problems.
Operating a marketplace is notoriously difficult, just in terms of making sure that there’s both enough supply and demand available to make it worth everyone’s time. On the supply side, MyTwinPlace hopes to capitalize on the prevalence of existing marketplaces to help boost the number of listings available.