Israeli Startup EatWith Acquires by European VizEat

VizEat says the acquisition of EatWith makes it the leader for enabling social eating experiences with locals and puts the startup at the forefront

The EatWith culinary site founded by Israelis, Shemer Shwartz and Guy Michlin, was sold to the European competitor VizEat, a platform that connects tourists and local hosts. The amount of the transaction and its details were not disclosed.

EatWith’s platform connects tourists with local cooks who prepare meals at home or in other special accommodations, founded in 2012. It is now available in more than 200 cities worldwide. The site offers more than 650 hosts in 50 countries. Among the investors in the company are Greylock Partners, which led the company’s Series A round in late 2014, Genesis, Avishai Avrahami and the International Tourism Website TripAdvisor, which also integrated the service on its platform.

Among the investors in the company are Greylock Partners, which led the company’s Series A round in late 2014, Genesis, Avishai Avrahami and the International Tourism Website TripAdvisor, which also integrated the service on its platform. The company’s headquarters were moved to San Francisco in 2014

The company’s headquarters were moved to San Francisco in 2014 and have offices in Tel Aviv. EatWith has raised over $8 million.

Although EatWith’s founders had left the company the key team in San Francisco and Tel-Aviv are joining the combined entity, according to TechCrunch. “They will manage and expand the host community and the partnerships. More hires will be done in the coming months,” says VizEat.

According to VizEat, the company has 25,000 hosts across 130 countries, with localised versions of its app available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.

In 2015 EatWith acquired Paris-based Cookening, an early pioneer in the dine with a local space.

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