Start-up Teams Will Travel Cheaper Thanks to Knok

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The home exchange community Knok takes sharing to a whole new level by offering one-year free memberships to entire start-up teams around the world (up to 20 people) when at least one team member buys an annual subscription.

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We launched this project to help other startups travel cheaper and stay longer to hep boost inspiration, discovering other start-up communities, and making new connections.

Knok's initiative lets entrepreneurial teams enjoy free accommodations worldwide, and thus increase the opportunity to participate in workshops, create work abroad experiences, partake in international collaborations, as well as attend upcoming conferences. Knok tested the idea when its own team set up shop in San Francisco during a home exchange to work for a month and a half; while the San Francisco host worked in Barcelona.

"This opportunity has been a great source for new ideas, future product features, and it has opened the door to new projects," says Juanjo Rodríguez, co-founder of "Inspiration, discovering other start-up communities, and making new connections are great tools for start-ups to get ahead of their competitors; that's why we launched this project to help other startups travel cheaper and stay longer," says Sheera, another Knok team member.

With remote working capabilities, more and more people can be location independent. The Y Combinator grad Vayable recently sent its California-based team to Paris to get in touch with the local market, the company's largest market.

There are also similar initiatives happening, for example, the London P2P finance start-up TransferWise recently offered $100 million in free international transfers to the European start-up community.

The Knok team is extremely proud of the initiative, as it offers endless benefits to the international start-up community. By making travel and home (or office) swapping easier, start-ups will ultimately be more connected, more mobile, and able to advance faster and further in their own projects.

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