Liz Gannes

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Tripping Becomes a Kayak for Home Rentals and Couchsurfing

Tripping, a two-year-old travel community site that helps Grateful Dead fans, Peace Corps volunteers, college alumni, parents of autistic children and even AARP members find people to meet and stay with, has added a home rental search feature.

Tripping CEO Jen O'Neal

Built through partnerships with FlipKey, HomeAway, Roomorama and others, the new Tripping is a “Kayak for Airbnb,” as well as a cultural exchange site.

Tripping doesn’t have listings from Airbnb itself yet. But CEO Jen O’Neal said Tripping already has a much bigger inventory — 750,000 rentals, compared to 100,000 on Airbnb. She thinks that amounts to 35 percent of the total listings in the category.

How’s this for “dogfooding” your own products: O’Neal told me she recently got chastised by a neighbor for having too many “Trippers” stay over at her house in San Francisco’s Presidio neighborhood.

Tripping has raised about $1 million from investors including Quest Venture Partners and Draper Associates.

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