Couchsurfing: The Rise and Demise of a Dream

Couchsurfing: The Rise and Demise of a Dream

Bartering and the sharing economy have existed long before the internet, but a group of dreamers saw a rare opportunity to take their dream global during the early days of the internet.

Before Airbnb, CouchSurfing was a platform where strangers opened up their homes to strangers for free, enabling the travel of millions around the globe. The organization grew from a volunteer fueled start-up to a multi-million-dollar business but somehow never benefited its founders. This is the story of the rise and demise of that dream.

Awards and Nominations

HotDocs, Toronto, Canada 2022 – Official Selection, World Premiere


Laura Gamse



Film Details

2022, 19 min