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Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, said its latest milestone of 10-million nights booked represented a “widening gap” between the site and its clone rivals. (Airbnb)
Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, said its latest milestone of 10-million nights booked represented a “widening gap” between the site and its clone rivals. (Airbnb)

U.S. start-ups going global to thwart foreign clones Add to ...

American internet start-ups such as Airbnb, Uber and Fab.com are accelerating their efforts to expand internationally, powered by global distribution platforms such as Facebook and Apple’s App Store, in an attempt to thwart copycats in Europe and elsewhere.

The size and scale of the U.S. historically meant large tech companies could be built without looking outside their domestic market. Now, entrepreneurs running companies barely a year old are going global—having learnt lessons from the likes of Groupon, which paid about $100-million in 2010 to acquire MyCityDeal, a year-old “clone” created by the Samwer brothers of Germany, who went on to run its international business.

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