Ajay Yadav

Ajay sees every day as a new opportunity to “crush it” and to make positive shared housing experiences easier to find. Ajay created Roomi after helping a friend search for a roommate, spending countless hours emailing back and forth, sifting through candidates with conflicting preferences, and worrying about safety when going to see a listing. He knew he could find a better way and got to work. Ajay developed the concept for a new app to help connect people looking for a place to live with those looking for a roommate. He wrote the code himself until he could afford his first employee. Since then, he’s guided Roomi through its debut in New York and expansion across North America.

Before Roomi, Ajay studied computer science at NYIT and helped to launch two other startups. He’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but he experienced the link between motivation and achievement when his father offered him the chance to study in the U.S. once he passed his high school exams in India. Since then, he’s continuously moved the marker, meeting his funding goals and growing his company rapidly while innovating the rental market and building a culture of service to customers.

Ajay also serves as a Lean Startup Machine mentor, advising early-stage startups during crucial growth points. He loves working with people who are also passionate about building a better world, and he strives to lead by example. He’s been known to say that if you can’t live by your own words, you don’t deserve a seat at the table. It’s no surprise that people have called Ajay the scrappiest entrepreneur on the planet, a title that brings a smile to his face.

An expert on mobile and the sharing economy, Ajay is a regular contributor to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Network and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in the L.A. Times, TechCrunch, Fox5 News, The Real Deal and Bloomberg Businessweek. Most recently, he is became an inductee to the 2017 class of Forbes 30 Under 30.

When he isn’t dreaming up new ideas to change the world, you can find him with his nose in a business or spirituality book, or enjoying a good sci-fi flick.

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