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As two young executives caught between professional obligations and perpetual wanderlust, Jia En Teo and Federico Folcia would rent their New York apartments to a few friendly folks with a similar desire to live like locals. The proceeds in turn would subsidize their travel needs. That simple and effective method became a habit.

But using classifieds to advertise their apartment -the most accessible platform at the time- took too much effort and, more alarmingly, involved too many risks: hundreds of responses to sift through; overlapping and contradictory requests; dubious, non-secure methods of payment and worst of all, no-shows. Thus Roomorama was born, founded on the principle that there is more to travel than visiting a checklist of tourist attractions.

With this month’s topic on Space, the couple will touch on their story of trading spaces as well as the navigation of personal and professional boundaries.

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