Diploma in Business Innvation and Design (DBID) Innovation Conversation with Roomorama Chief Operating Office, Teo Jian En
On July 23rd 2014, students from the Diploma in Business Innovation and Design continued their conversation with innovative industry leaders in a session with one of the co-founders of internet travel’s short term rental booking engine Roomorama. Started in New York with only 5 people, Roomorama now has a diverse team of 30 staff and is now based in Singapore.
Below is an account of that conversation by Kenji Leong, DBID/FT/1A/01.
The session with Jia En that day was a very enriching and educational one. I have always been intrigued by people like Jia En as I aspire to become an entrepreneur and to be able to start my very own business. She gave us an insight into her journey from the idea of giving people a platform to advertise rooms in their small apartments for rental to eventually globalising their business and earning a reputation for providing cheap and credible apartments for rent. What I found most interesting during the conversation was her struggle to ensure that the apartment rented out was reliable and safe. She had to go on down to the different apartments and determine that they were safe and to make sure it wasn’t a hoax rental.
This is the kind of company and innovator that I admire because they show me how anyone can come up with a brilliant idea that solves an issue and create a new enterprise. I loved the session with Jia En as I learned a few tips and tricks in starting a business.
After the talk, I visited rommorama.com and one thing I liked about it was this section called “events”, where it shows upcoming major world events such as the “Rugby World Cup”. They have an option on whether you would like to find an accommodation in the city where the event is being held. This is one of the few little unique ideas that I feel separates companies like Roomorama to any other room rental website. I look forward to more talks from different entrepreneurs like her, and if it’s possible, I certainly wish that I would be able to work in a company like hers!