Today’s Killer Startup: Horizon
Horizon is like Airbnb or Couchsurfing, but it only sources from your existing networks.
Why It’s A Killer Startup
Any regular reader of this column knows three major things about me: I love to travel, I’m hella cheap, and I think social entrepreneurs rock. That means that any time I find out about a new site or app that has figured out how to combine saving money and travel in a new way, I’m pretty much guaranteed to write about it.
Horizon nails my awesome startup trifecta by connecting you with people in your networks who are willing to host when you’re on the road – for free, but with a charity donation tagged onto the end.
Travel? Check. Free? Check. Do-goody? Check, check!
The first step on the site is finding other Horizon members who are in your networks and living in the city you’re traveling to, be it San Francisco or Santiago. You can then reach out via the site to see if they have availability. Finally, hosts can name a charity of their choice for guests to donate to, as a way of saying thank you.
(Side note: I don’t know if this is just coincidence or an impressively smooth move on Horizon’s part, but the networks that are given as examples on the homepage are all networks that I’m a part of. A little eerie; also awesome.)
While the jury is still out on Horizon, they did make an impressive showing on Product Hunt on January 20th, which is usually a good sign. Additionally, I think there are enough people out there with the same love to travel/cheap as hell/think giving is good value system that I have to build up a cool community.
I, at any rate, will be keeping an eye on them.
.@gethorizonapp nails the #startup badass trifecta: travel-related, free, and built in do-gooderness!