Roombuddy a platform where people can find their roommate in a more entertaining way.
Please introduce yourself and your startup Roombuddy to our readers!
My name is Rares, I’m 23 and finished Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Bucharest. I started working on startups at 17 years old, beginning with a man’s accessories boxes, then a socks brand, and after that Roombuddy. Roombuddy is a platform that helps people find roommates in a more entertaining way, using an ice-cream configurator to match potential roommate’s tastes.
How did you get the idea of Roombuddy?
Roombuddy was developed when, left alone after the two roommates moved, I had to look for a home on my own. Living in Romania, I didn’t have a platform where to search for a roommate. I tried on Facebook groups and local lists platforms but I didn’t find one. I wanted to find in a simple way all the details I wanted to know about a potential roommate. Then came the idea to build a platform for roommates for the Romanian market.
Why did you decide to start with Roombuddy?
Facebook is a transparent medium, but little details that matters are not visible there. Being a nonsmoker, I wanted to find in a simple way people looking for roommates that are not smoking. Or roommates that have a full-time job, so I would be sure that they are serious people I would like to move with.
In addition to the details of the apartment, such as the number of rooms, location or rental price, the user can add information about their lifestyle, such as culinary preferences or waking time, and the characteristics they would like to meet their future roommate: smoker or bedtime. The platform also includes the option of reviews where friends or former roommates can give more details about you.
How difficult was the start and which challenges you had to overcome?
The most difficult part was promoting it, and I also think this will be always the hardest. I started talking with some local bloggers and they shared the Roombuddy platform, and I also started contacting people from Facebook groups to give me feedback.
What is the USP of your startup?
USP for Roombuddy is: “Find roommates with the same taste as yours”.
Can you describe your typical workday ?
Roombuddy is, for the moment, a side project, being a full-time employee at a web design agency in Bucharest. I wake up around 6 AM – 8 AM and I get ready to go to work. Around 7 AM-9 AM I leave home and after around one hour on the road, I arrive at the office and start working. I work until around 6 PM and then I continue with Roombuddy (before the pandemic I would go to continue working on Starbucks) until 10:30 PM -11 PM. After that, I leave home, I do some workout for half an hour, I read and make my plan for my next day, and go to sleep around 1 AM – 2 AM.
Where do you see yourself and your startup Roombuddy in five years?
I hope that in five years Roombuddy will be in the top 5 roommate finder platforms and that it will give people a secure and fast way to find roommates.
What 3 tips would you give to founders?
3 tips I would give to founders:
- Work hard for your dreams
- Don’t let others affect your decisions that you trust
- Fail fast, recover faster
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