“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Well, Ajay Yadav went a step further – he not only made lemonade but also managed to grab tequila and salt worth $6 Mn along with it!
It was 2007 when Ajay came to the US to study computer science at NYIT. Like any new migrant to the city, he used Craigslist to find a roommate. So when he did manage to find one, turns out his roommate fleeced him and took off with all his belongings and security deposit.
Or as Ajay looks back now and reminisces, “I rushed into living with someone I didn’t know, and I was robbed of my belongings and security deposit.”
Nevertheless, his life continued without any more horror stories as he went through multiple house searches and had several roommates. However, five years later in 2013, history repeated itself. After seeing another friend get similarly fleeced, and spending countless hours emailing back and forth to search for a roommate for his friend, sifting through candidates with conflicting preferences, and worrying about safety when going to see a listing, he knew he had to find a better way.
It was time to make that lemonade.
And so Ajay went to work on the concept for a new app to help connect people looking for a place to live with those looking for a roommate. He started by compiling listings in a Google document that he then posted on a Tumblr page. He asked friends if they would like to import their ad, and they did.