Yet like most startup founders, Kay and Tessler saw a problem in a market they knew well, one that wasn’t caused by a lack of technology, but by too much.The problem was cost-effective dating and the market was love.
If you have a specific dating need to be fulfilled -- from the sacred to the scandalous -- there's probably a site for you, many with their own apps as well. That's where it's heading."Among the satisfied customers are Melissa Levine, 27, a physician assistant, and Corey Pew, 29, an engineer.
The niches range from ethnic, religious or age-based to sites for occupations (Farmers Only.com) or eating preferences (Veggie Date.org). They met on the niche site JDate, for Jewish singles, and will marry next month."As an engineer, you don't meet a whole lot of girls on a daily basis," says Pew, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Levine was moving there as well and started looking online for Austin daters.
It's about exploring all avenues and putting yourself out there."STORY: Author: Online dating changed everything As online dating revolutionized romance in America over the past decade, the proliferation of dating apps is now taking love to a whole new level, remaking an industry that's expected to reach $1.2 billion this year.
The mobile dating segment is projected to double its revenue over the next five years.
“We were spending a lot of time doing it and finding pretty inaccurate results,” Tessler said.
(Her current boyfriend is her 115th OKCupid date.) Tessler wanted to switch careers, from sex education to old-fashioned matchmaking.
Arseniuk, a writer in New York, plunged into both about six months ago after the end of a three-year relationship. "I could be at a coffee shop or meeting a girlfriend and she's running late, so I could fire up the app and see who's around," she says.
"It's kind of a good supplement to the more traditional Web-based dating sites.
I hear this all the time, metaphors about "sparks" and "flames" in reference to dates. It's not just the lexicon of ridiculous, but of course, popular culture that has led us to believe that love is a thing of fairy tales. TV shows continue the mythical nature of a magical relationship and/or man, but the real culprit is actually Disney, as we all know, for telling girls that three mice will totally help you flat iron your hair. Or that your prince, (white), with the same helmet hair, will come to your rescue and you're going to feel whatever magic is.