With so many dating apps letting you endlessly swipe left or right, an “old-fashioned and romantic” Frenchman named Jean Meyer had a different idea: match you up with one person a day.
You only get one match per day and it’s in real time, so you see this real person and she sees you at the same time on the same day.We do such a good job that 32 percent of our matched users go on to chat.With nearly 700,000 users, your matchmakers must be pretty busy!I was talking to a lot of my female friends who said, ‘When you’re in your 30s or in your 20s, you’re not going to go on Match.com, because that’s lame.You’re going to go on Tinder or maybe Happn but one guy out of two is just looking for a hook up.’ We started thinking about what we could do differently from other dating sites.
If you look at the branding on your app, there is no chance that a guy is looking for a hook-up.Our app appeals to people who are looking for a long-term relationship. We have human matchmakers behind the scenes, and they find a couple from the database who should meet each other.Actual human beings scan your user profile and connect you with someone who shares your common interests.Meyer is proud of adding the “human element.” One other innovation: you can synch the app with your fitness device to measure your heart rate when you see someone’s photo for the first time. These are small changes, but ones that have resonated with users in Europe, where the site has been growing by leaps and bounds—as many as 10,000 new users a day.We chatted with the London-based entrepreneur about hook-up culture, disappointing dating apps, and harnessing technology in the name of good old-fashioned romance. I started a website when I was at Columbia Business School called Date My School.It is still the number one dating site for students and alumni in the U. Tinder came along in 2012 and killed all the competition, and I came back to Europe with this taste of revenge in my mouth.