About Knok

Knok is a network of peer families, sharing our homes with each other when we're not there. The network makes everything easier, better and less expensive, because everyone in the network is validated as responsible and trustworthy.

With Knok, you get a great place to stay that's already childproofed. You have access to info on local gems that tourists don't know about, tailored for children and families. Forget about packaged, sterile resort experiences; enjoy the real culture and people of the community you're visiting.

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Europe's hottest startup capitals

For the third year, WIRED's editors have visited the continent's startup hubs to identify the ten tech cities you need to know about. Our conclusion: Europe is on a roll. Here are the 100 companies causing the greatest buzz, according to the local commentators, investors and entrepreneurs we surveyed.

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House swap holidays: advice and tips

What is the best way to arrange a successful home swap holiday online? The popularity of peer-to-peer room rental service Airbnb suggests an appetite among travellers for unusual holiday accommodation. Home swapping is also growing fast, and is not all about "getting off the beaten track" and "living like a local" either. Juanjo Rodriguez at home-swap company Knok ( says the market could grow from around 120,000 annual swaps to half a million by 2017, thanks in part to current online innovations.

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Web Buzz: switches up the home exchange system

Still reluctant to try a home exchange? This new website, made by home swappers for home swappers, rolls out the welcome mat. Name: What it does: Offers an easy-to-use home-exchange system with the added benefit of having insurance included in your membership fee.

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The next travel revolution waiting to happen: home swapping

The travel market is undergoing a deep transformation, lead by collaborative consumption startups that are shaking up this established industry. Home swapping is one of these ideas, a travel revolution waiting to happen, Knok's founder explains. Home swap is simple: you find someone anywhere in the world that wants to spend time in your house or appartment, while you stay at that person's place.

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Fast-growing Knok thinks it can disrupt the home exchange market

Since the 1950s, home exchange clubs have been helping travelers trade their houses internationally. Most recently, the idea of bartering one's way to a free vacation enjoyed its star turn in the 2006 movie The Holiday, where Cameron Diaz swapped her California mansion for Kate Winslet's English cottage.

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Holiday Home Exchange Community Knok Raises $645K To Grow Internationally

Spanish startup, Knok, a holiday home exchange community that competes with the UK's Love Home Swap and legacy player IHEN, has raised a further €500,000 (∼$645k) to help it accelerate international growth and build out its technology. The backing comes from private investors and adds to the company's initial €250,000 (∼$323k) of self-funding.

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Knok Raises 500.000 Euros from a Group of Private Investors to Boost its Growth Plan

Knok, the online home exchange community, has received an investment of 500.000 euros from a group of Spanish private investors (family offices), with the objective of accelerating its growth and establishing itself as the worldwide reference in this sector. Founded in Barcelona in 2011, Knok has over 20.000 users in 159 countries.

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City's Hottest Startups To Compete At The TechCrunch Barcelona Meetup

Tomorrow we'll throw a TechCrunch Mini Meetup in Barcelona, one of the most internationally-minded cities in Europe. Below you'll find out schedule, agenda and here you can grab a free ticket to the party] as the main free event is now full. It's because of its diversity that the city has managed to attract a burgeoning number of startup entrepreneurs wooed by the ability of the city to attract talent, in part because of the climate and lifestyle.

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Easter Vacation: Knok Transforms the Traditional Egg Hunt Holiday in a Hunting (For New Places) Trip

Easter is coming up and thousands of travelers are planning their holidays. With so many activities to do, one could travel to Paris to taste the delicious crepes or maybe even check out the traditional Easter Parade in New York? Easter vacation is an ideal moment to experiment a great city and travel the world.

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