Airbnb for event spaces expands to the U.S.
Splacer, a hub for personal and commercial space rentals, comes to New York.
Splacer is a new startup being touted as the Airbnb for party planning. Like Airbnb, it is a marketplace that facilitates rentals, but instead of lodgings, it focuses on space for events.
And here's the good news: The Israeli company, which already has 100 spaces listed in that country, is coming to America, having recently launched a beta site in New York with 70 initial listings. The sites can be used for parties, photo shoots, art exhibitions and other events of varying sizes.
Hosts of apartment spaces don’t need any type of permit to have an event in their home, but Splacer has put safeguards in place to ensure that the event will not be disruptive. For example, renters need to be sure that their property manager or landlord OKs listing the space.
Eling Tsai, who recently became engaged to her boyfriend and is in the process of looking for wedding venues in the New York area, said she was a fan of the concept.
"I like it because it's a new way to find and compare venues. Usually you have to search a million websites and dig deep for costs," she told From The Grapevine.
The company, founded by a group of Tel Aviv-based architects in the fall of 2014, joins a lengthening list of startups circumventing traditional models of commerce or creating their own altogether. In addition to sites like Airbnb, in recent years rideshare services and coworking spaces have also become particularly popular.
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