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Mobile-First Vacation Rental Firm Dwellable Raises $2 Million

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Jun 10, 2014 6:34 am

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Dwellable’s strength in mobile make it seem like it would be a nice addition to the HomeAway or FlipKey family.

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Mobile vacation rental app Dwellable announced today it has raised $2 million in a seed round.

The round was led by Version One Ventures and Maveron, and other participants included HomeAway board director Rob Solomon, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, and Farecast founder Oren Etzioni.

“The global brands of tomorrow will be built for mobile devices first, and I’m proud that so many experienced travel investors have backed Dwellable, a company that’s bringing trailblazing innovation to the enormous vacation rental market,” said Kirby Winfield, CEO of Dwellable.

“The vacation rental industry is in the midst of huge creative disruption, and companies that leverage mobile to transform the discovery and booking experience are the ones that will survive and thrive.”

In the crowded vacation rental and apartment-sharing space thriving will be a challenge. Outside of Airbnb’s successful apps for consumers and hosts, booking vacation rentals by app has yet to take off strongly.

Dwellable’s smartphone and tablet apps rely on over 300,000 listings from other vacation home providers, such as FlipKey.

Dwellable said that it would use the new money to continue developing its mobile apps.

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