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Sumu takes uncertainty out of finding a roommate in Boston

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As rent prices continue to rise, living with a roommate is a growing reality for most. But instead of scouring Craigslist or relying on friends and family to connect renters with a potentially suitable roommate, apps like Sumu hope to take some of the surprise and uncertainty out of the equation. The beta version of Sumu launched June 7 (just two days prior to the Roomi launch available to New York City renters) with Boston as the target market -- although anyone in the world is able to make an account. So far, the majority of the users signed up have been women. Sumu process Founders Daniel Tewfik and Ethan Setnik came up with the idea purely to help renters stray from the Craigslist roommate hunting that can be less than appealing for many. In hopes of bringing more transparency to the market, Sumu cuts out the awkward and uncomfortable situation of setting up a time to meet with a potential roommate. Users create profiles as either a seeker or a poster that include...