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LoveRoom Founder Insists His Airbnb-Meets-Tinder Startup Is Real (Or At Least Now It Is)

Would a fake startup have color coded PostIt Notes? (Photo: Josh Bocanegra)

When Joshua Bocanegra created a landing page for a new app called LoveRoom, he wasn’t expecting to receive 900 potential members’ email addresses, or any online press attention, but he did. We covered it (noting that it wouldn’t be live for a few months), as did a few others. But yesterday, Forbes insisted that LoveRoom was fake, and bad at being fake to boot.

Forbes charged that the Airbnb-esque platform was nothing more than an idea before it was “willed into existence by journalists.” But its founder told us today he’s been planning a dating site for months.

Mr. Bocanegra responded to the hoopla with a post on–what else?–Medium. This afternoon, he emailed us a link to the treatise, entitled “LoveRoom Is Real.” It links to another piece by him entitled,  Read More

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No Uglies: ‘LoveRoom’ Ensures Only Hotties Will Rent Your Extra Bedroom

All of the users definitely look like this (Screengrab: loveroom.launchrock.com)

Airbnb users who are sick of hosting uggos will be pleased to learn there’s a new startup in town whose goal is to let temporary tenants and landlords match up with hotties they’d like to bang.

Specifically, LoveRoom is “a platform where single people from all around the world can rent their living space to others they find attractive,” founder Joshua Bocanegra told us. “If you like using Airbnb and you like using Tinder, you’ll really like LoveRoom.”

What could possibly go wrong? Read More