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SpareRoom founder offers lucky pair $1 rent in New York: ‘I love sharing’

Rupert Hunt, whose roommate-finding service has actually shown up in the United States after success in the UK, states he shares his location by option: It can be life-altering

A dollar does not get you far in New York. A dollar can get you a weekday edition of the New York Daily News or the New York Post, however it wont stretch to the traditional New York breakfast meal of a bagel with cream cheese. For 2 fortunate individuals, $1 is all they have to pay each month to live in a 3,400-square-foot loft apartment or condo in the Greenwich Village area in New York City.

Jacob Castaldi, 22, and Cyrus Schenk, 26, moved into the house today, and for the next 6 months their lease will amount to simply $6 each. Thats all thanks to Rupert Hunt, creator of SpareRoom , a business that enables users to publish advertisements online searching for roomies and for a location to live. Intending to take on Craigslist for house listings, SpareRoom moderates advertisements and profiles to weed out frauds and permits users to pay a little charge to show their advertisements more plainly or get the very first dibs on spaces published on the website.

In addition to playing a roomie matchmaker, Hunt has actually been utilizing his own site for the previous 3 years to discover individuals to share his house permitting them to pay exactly what they might pay for while they follow their dreams. Castaldi and Schenk are the very first 2 roomies to cope with Hunt in the United States.

Paying simply a $1 month in lease is a dream come to life, inning accordance with Schenk. Paying a common New York lease average lease for a one bed room apartment or condo in Manhattan is $3,450 a month ran out the concern for him. Up previously, he has actually been making ends satisfy as a window cleaner. Needing to pay an overall of $6 in lease over the next 6 months will permit him to concentrate on releasing his own company: a business that offers skis that adjust to modifications in speed and surface. Castaldi hopes to release a viral marketing company while living with Hunt.

Hunts previous roomies have actually originated from different backgrounds: they have actually consisted of a film-maker, a visual impact artist, a chef and standup comic and a micro maker.

All of those roomies coped with Hunt a some point in between 2013 and this summer season, when he transferred to New York to supervise SpareRooms growth to the remainder of the United States. Considering that introducing in the UK in 2004, SpareRoom has actually developed about 7 million users there, and inning accordance with Hunt, every 3 minutes a user discovers a roomie through the site. In 2012, SpareRoom introduced in New York City. Hunt explains it as a pilot growth and includes that he wished to take the business United States growth gradually, one city at a time, reproducing its development in London by arranging speed-roommating occasions in addition to providing its online services. The occasions occur in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

It didnt grow rather as I was anticipating, he discusses, explaining that seo (SEO) method was a huge part of the business development in London. Due to the fact that individuals [ in the United States] were currently utilizing Craigslist they werent looking for roomies and New York the exact same method. We let it grow naturally.

Earlier this year, SpareRoom services appeared throughout the United States and Hunt moved from London to New York. Presently, SpareRoom is really near reaching a quarter of a million users in the United States, inning accordance with the business representative.

Hunt attempted SpareRooms services for the very first time in 2013 after separating from his better half. I enjoy sharing. I chose that I would continue sharing, he states. He looked for roomies anonymously, then in early 2016 he introduced a YouTube series recording his search for housemates in the UK. The electronic camera team made the procedure more difficult. As an outcome, when he released his look for roomies in New York, Hunt depended on a more casual Instagram video and Facebook advertisements to obtain the task done.

Most of the talk about the Facebook post resembled: Oh, this is a scam or Oh, where is he going to conceal the bodies? Hunt chuckles. There was a lot more apprehension in New York than there it remains in London.

To discover the best roomies to share his New York city house, Hunt went through 8,800 messages and enjoyed 967 video profiles prior to lastly deciding on Schenk and Castaldi.

I believed Id share once again due to the fact that I remain in a brand-new city. I do not know anybody. Its an excellent method to fulfill brand-new individuals, to broaden a social circle. I was going to do a pay what you can manage thing however then it struck me that 12 years after launching in the UK, I was running a start-up once again. I bore in mind that exactly what had actually provided me the break I had to do it was returning with my mum and papa and living rent-free for 6 months. I believed of this concept to pay it forward, pay me a dollar and exactly what dreams would you pursue if you didnt have to stress about lease for 6 months?

The 3 males are set to reside in the loft till June with a choice to restore. Hunt is unsure whats next yet he may remain in New York or he may go to San Francisco and Los Angeles to spread out the gospel of sharing there. The something he understands is that there will be more roomies in his future.

Living with the best individuals is much better than living alone, he states. Unlike many people, Hunt states that he deals with roomies as a way of life option and not for monetary factors. Cost, he states, can obstruct of discovering the best individuals. It can be a disappointment with bad individuals, however [with the best individuals] it can be a life-altering experience.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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SpareRoom founder offers lucky pair $1 rent in New York: ‘I love sharing’

Rupert Hunt, whose roommate-finding service has arrived in the US after success in the UK, says he shares his place by choice: It can be life-changing

A dollar doesnt get you far in New York. A buck can get you a weekday edition of the New York Daily News or the New York Post, but it wont stretch to the classic New York breakfast meal of a bagel with cream cheese. Yet for two lucky people, $1 is all they have to pay each month to live in a 3,400-square-foot loft apartment in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood in New York City.

Jacob Castaldi, 22, and Cyrus Schenk, 26, moved into the apartment this week, and for the next six months their rent will total just $6 each. Thats all thanks to Rupert Hunt, founder of SpareRoom, a company that allows users to post ads online looking for roommates and for a place to live. Hoping to compete with Craigslist for apartment listings, SpareRoom moderates ads and profiles to weed out scams and allows users to pay a small fee to display their ads more prominently or get the first dibs on rooms posted on the site.

In addition to playing a roommate matchmaker, Hunt has been using his own website for the past three years to find people to share his home allowing them to pay what they could afford while they follow their dreams. Castaldi and Schenk are the first two roommates to live with Hunt in the US.

Paying just a $1 month in rent is a dream come true, according to Schenk. Paying a typical New York rent median rent for a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan is $3,450 a month was out of the question for him. Up until now, he has been making ends meet as a window cleaner. Having to pay a total of $6 in rent over the next six months will allow him to focus on launching his own business: a company that sells skis that adapt to changes in speed and terrain. Similarly, Castaldi hopes to launch a viral marketing agency while living with Hunt.

Hunts previous roommates have come from various backgrounds: they have included a film-maker, a visual effect artist, a chef and standup comedian and a micro brewer.

All of those roommates lived with Hunt a some point between 2013 and this summer, when he moved to New York to oversee SpareRooms expansion to the rest of the US. Since launching in the UK in 2004, SpareRoom has built up about 7 million users there, and according to Hunt, every 3 minutes a user finds a roommate through the website. In 2012, SpareRoom launched in New York City. Hunt describes it as a pilot expansion and adds that he wanted to take the companys US expansion slowly, one city at a time, replicating its growth in London by organizing speed-roommating events in addition to offering its online services. The events take place in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

It didnt grow quite as I was expecting, he explains, pointing out that search engine optimization (SEO) strategy was a big part of the companys growth in London. But because people [in the US] were already using Craigslist they werent searching for roommates and New York the same way. So we let it grow organically.

Earlier this year, SpareRoom services became available across the US and Hunt moved from London to New York. Currently, SpareRoom is very close to reaching a quarter of a million users in the US, according to the company spokesman.

Hunt tried SpareRooms services for the first time in 2013 after separating from his wife. I love sharing. I decided that I would carry on sharing, he says. First, he looked for roommates anonymously, then in early 2016 he launched a YouTube series documenting his search for housemates in the UK. The camera crew made the process more stressful. As a result, when he launched his search for roommates in New York, Hunt relied on a more informal Instagram video and Facebook ads to get the job done.

Most of the comments on the Facebook post were like: Oh, this is a hoax or Oh, where is he going to hide the bodies? Hunt laughs. There was a lot more skepticism in New York than there it is in London.

To find the perfect roommates to share his New York city apartment, Hunt read through 8,800 messages and watched 967 video profiles before finally settling on Schenk and Castaldi.

I thought Id share again because I am in a new city. I dont know anyone. Its a great way to meet new people, to expand a social circle. I was going to do a pay what you can afford thing but then it occurred to me that 12 years after starting up in the UK, I was running a startup again. I remembered that what had given me the break I needed to do it was moving back with my mum and dad and living rent-free for 6 months. So I thought of this idea to pay it forward, pay me a dollar and what dreams would you pursue if you didnt have to worry about rent for six months?

The three men are set to live in the loft until June with an option to renew. Hunt is not sure whats next yet he might stay in New York or he might go to San Francisco and Los Angeles to spread the gospel of sharing there. The one thing he knows is that there will be more roommates in his future.

Living with the right people is better than living alone, he says. Unlike most people, Hunt says that he lives with roommates as a lifestyle choice and not for financial reasons. Price, he says, can get in the way of finding the right people. It can be a bad experience with bad people, but [with the right people] it can be a life-changing experience.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/14/spareroom-founder-new-york-rent-rupert-hunt

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Cannes takes on Trump with highly politicised lineup for 2017 film festival

Al Gore, Vanessa Redgrave and Claude Lanzmann among those who will screen films on the Croisette, alongside new work from Lynne Ramsay and Sofia Coppola

The Cannes film festival reinforced its status as the home of politically charged cinema with the announcement of a lineup that encompasses the refugee crisis, climate change, mental health and the exploitation of animals.

Celebrating its 70th year, the festival has attracted the usual roster of star names, including Dustin Hoffman, Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman, the latter of whom will appear in four films across the festival fortnight. There was also a nod to the future, with concessions made to the growing clout of streaming services Netflix and Amazon, as well as the increased influence of television, with a screening of David Lynchs Twin Peaks follow-up.

Politicised film-making will be present both in and out of competition. Appearing as special screenings at the festival are An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gores continuation of his climate-change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and a directorial debut for Vanessa Redgrave with Sea Sorrow, a documentary providing historical context to the current migrant crisis. Shoah director Claude Lanzmann returns to the festival with Napalm, a documentary about North Korea, and Raymond Depardon debuts 12 Jours, a documentary filmed in a psychiatric hospital.

Among the films competing for the Palme dOr, meanwhile are Hungarian director Kornl Mundruczs refugee drama Jupiters Moon, Robin Campillos 120 Battements par Minute, about the Aids crisis.Bong Joon-Hos Okja, a Netflix-funded fantasy film starring Tilda Swinton that was described by Cannes director Thierry Frmaux as a very political movie about the way we exploit animals.

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Tilda Swinton and Ahn Seo-Hyun in Okja Photograph: PR

Announcing this years lineup, festival president Pierre Lescure maintained the political theme, saying that since we have a new surprise every day from Donald Trump, I hope Syria and North Korea will not cause a shadow on the festival.

In the wake of a furore over the apparent airbrushing of actor Claudia Cardinale on this years poster, the festival was keen to play up its female-friendly credentials. Twelve female directors will appear at this years edition. Three of those are in competition: Scotlands Lynne Ramsay brings her Joaquin Phoenix-starring drama You Were Never Really Here, about a sex-trafficking ring, to the festival; Japanese director Naomi Kawase returns to the festival with Radiance, about a photographer with failing eyesight; and Sofia Coppola appears with The Beguiled, a new adaptation of the southern gothic novel, starring Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman. Kidman and Farrell also appear in competition with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimoss new film The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

Cannes is never short on auteurs and this years lineup is no exception. Austrian director Michael Haneke is looking to become the first three-time Palme DOr winner with his new film Happy End, whose title doesnt match the content, Fremaux quipped. Also present in competition are Fatih Akin with In the Fade, a tale of revenge set in the German-Turkish community, and Cannes regular Franois Ozon with LAmant Double, about a woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst, while eastern Europe is represented by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, with the Dostoevsky-inspired A Gentle Creature, and Russian formalist Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose new film Loveless had to be made without funding from his home country after the Russian Culture Ministry were angered by his last film Leviathan.

Two legendary directors will be present in spirit, if not in person, at the festival. Nouvelle Vague icon Jean-Luc Godards latest film Image et Parole will not appear at Cannes, but Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius biopic of the director, Redoutable, will be in competition. Meanwhile, a new experimental work by the late Abbas Kiarostami, entitled 24 Frames, appears as a special screening.

Other notable films appearing in competition include Noah Baumbachs The Meyerowitz Stories, starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman (another work supported by Netflix), and Todd Haynes Amazon-funded period drama Wonderstruck, while Robert Pattinson makes a return to the festival, starring in Benny and Josh Safdies genre movie Good Time. Opening the festival, meanwhile, is Arnaud Desplechins relationship drama Les Fantmes dIsmal, which stars Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Not so vague … Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard in Redoubtable. Photograph: PR

Television will also play an unusually large role at this years festival, with the first two episodes of the revival of David Lynchs Twin Peaks and an early screening of series two of Jane Campions atmospheric detective drama Top of the Lake, another project featuring Kidman. Cannes has also embraced virtual reality with Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu and Emmanuel Lubezkis short work Flesh and Sand. Another short film likely to attract attention is Come Swim, which is the directorial debut of actor Kristen Stewart.

Bad Education and Julieta director Pedro Almodvar is president of this years jury, which will award the Palme dOr and the other major prizes. Cristian Mungiu, whose film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won the Palme dOr at the 2007 festival, will head the student and short film jury, while French actor Sandrine Kiberlain will head the Camera dOr jury.

The Cannes film festival will be held from 17-28 May.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/13/cannes-2017-film-festival-takes-on-trump-political-al-gore-vanessa-redgrave

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