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Airbnb's new startup EatWith raises $8M for strangers' home-cookin'

Airbnb's new startup EatWith raises $8M for strangers' home-cookin'
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I don't know if it's just me, but 8 million bucks sure sounds like a lot of startup money for a business where somebody else is doing the cooking.

By rights, EatWith is really just providing the website, marketing and infrastructure (not the cookin') to allow others to invite strangers to their home to eat. Or, if you are one of the strangers, you can sign up to eat (and pay for) someone to cook for you at their home.

Besides, the company behind this new startup we already love - AirBnb - you know, the site that lets you advertise, market and charge others for hotel-like use of your home, condo, apartment or even just a room in one of them.

The original EatWith concept began back in 2012 with Guy Michlin and Shemer Schwartz, who wanted to create a marketplace connecting diners and hosts. The idea was to create a unique social experience where guests get to know one another while also eating an authentic, home-cooked meal.

Next page: What's in it for the hosts?
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