04 Apr '13, 7pm

9flats, The European Airbnb Competitor, Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

9flats, The European Airbnb Competitor, Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

When Bitcoin made headlines last month for reaching the billion-dollar mark, it became a lot harder to scoff at the crypto-currency. What may have started off as an uber-geeky experiment, backed by anarchists and crazy digital libertarians alone, is garnering more and more legitimacy by the day. And as Rip Empson recently wrote , much of that legitimacy comes from a growing number of startups who have began to support Bitcoin payments. Today, 9flats , which operates a short rentals marketplace similar to and competing with Airbnb, has flicked the switch on its own Bitcoin support. The Berlin-headquartered startup now accepts Bitcoin payment, alongside various credits cards and PayPal. There’s one caveat, however. Bitcoin payment will only be accepted for instant bookings, which make up roughly 50% of 9flats bookings. That’s because the nature of Bitcoins and, presumably, i...

Full article: http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/04/9flats-bitcoin/

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