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Our Founder

Our Founder


Ajay Yadav is the Founder and CEO of Roomi, a peer-to- peer marketplace that helps people find shared housing and the right people to live with. Ajay created Roomi after experiencing the pain of searching for a housemate himself, spending countless hours emailing back and forth, sifting through candidates with conflicting preferences, and worrying about the safety and accuracy of listings.

Convinced there was a better way, Ajay got to work building Roomi, which launched in 2015 and is now live across iOS, Android and web, and in 18 markets in the US and Canada. Prior to founding Roomi, Ajay studied computer science at NYIT and helped launch two other startups. Ajay also serves as a Lean Startup Machine mentor, advising early-stage startups during crucial growth points, and hails from India. An expert on the sharing economy and the millennial mindset, Ajay is a regular contributor to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Network, Inc42 and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in the L.A. Times, TechCrunch, Fox5 News, The Real Deal and Bloomberg Business Week. Most recently, he is became an inductee to the 2017 class of Forbes 30 Under 30.

Thought Leadership

Inc – 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Taking on an Investor
Linkedin – An Introvert’s Survival Guide for Networking Events
Huffington Post – 14 Time Management Tips I Learned from Building a Startup
The Muse – How Waking Up at 5am Helped Me Reach Peak Productivity
Forbes – Starting From Zero: How to Build Momentum for Your Marketplace Startup
Linkedin – How to Build Lasting Press Relationships for your Startup
Huffington Post – How to Build a Meaningful Personal Brand
LinkedinDear Startup Candidates, These 4 Things Matter More to Me Than Your “Experience”
Inc42 – Is It Time To Quit Your Startup? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions First
Forbes – How To Be Magnetic At Your Startup’s Next Pitch Meeting
Forbes – 5 New Year’s Resolutions For Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Inc – What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From India’s Startup Culture
Huffington Post – 9 Things All Entrepreneurs Should Do Right Now to Elevate Their Business
Inc – How to Build the Best Advisor Network for Your Company
Linkedin – How to Build Your Network From Scratch as a Startup Founder
Forbes – 6 Tips For Expanding Your Startup Internationally
Inc42 – How To Build Your Network From Scratch As A Startup Founder
Huffington Post – 3 Fears I Learned to Dance With as an Entrepreneur
Forbes – Why Living With Roommates Made Me A Better Entrepreneur
Forbes – Do You Really Need A Cofounder For Your Startup?
Forbes – 3 Struggles You’ll Face As A Solo Founder And How To Conquer Them
Linkedin – How To Raise Capital As A Solo Founder
Inc – How to Build the Best Advisor Network for Your Company
Forbes – Why The Expat Experience Makes For Good Entrepreneurs
Huffington Post – More on The Shared Economy: For Millennials, Shared Living is Becoming a New Way of Life
Linkedin – Leverage Your Fear of Failure to Become More Successful Than You Imagined
Forbes – Why A Young CEO Should Hire Industry Veterans
Huffington Post – 9 Things All Entrepreneurs Should Do Right Now to Elevate Their Business
Forbes – How Securing Startup Funding In India Differs From The U.S.



Speaking Events

(Upcoming) Web Summit November 6, 2017
Inman Connect August 8th, 2017
CBS Marketplace Panel July 26th, 2017
Stacklist Panel April 19th, 2017
Startup Institute March 17, 2017
Money 20/20 October 23, 2016
Techsauce July 23, 2016
Pitch Perfect May 19, 2016
Co-Working Space Talk April 9, 2016