Keyes It used to be that if you wanted to meet someone of a certain caliber, you would venture to a particular bar. There would be a line at the door with a strict doorman and inside would be a collection of beautiful people, all deemed special because they'd made it past the velvet rope. Now there's an app for that. Who has time for all that swiping? Instead, young professionals looking for a suitable mate are flocking to apps like The League and syncing their LinkedIn profile in the hopes that their resumes will help seal the deal and find them someone special.
And you'll have to be driven to make it into The League - there's a waiting list , people long. The men know that women they meet in The League are career oriented, intelligent, ambitious and are working just as hard.
That's the kind of ethos that we want our community to have. In order to join, potential users are screened and selected based on their education and professional history.
Not everyone gets in - only the cream of the crop get the email informing them that they have " been drafted into The League ". Once part of The League, its members receive five new matches every day at 5pm - the so-called "happy hour". Linking online dating apps to LinkedIn was "a stroke of genius", according to Rick Nguyen, a year old entrepreneur and co-founder of Spot Trender.
Advertisement "A lot of dating sites are trying to distance your professional life and your dating life as if they were two separate things. But to understand someone fully, I think you need both aspects of them, because as much as we try to say we are not our job, a part of us is our job," he told the Guardian.
Amanda Bradford at The League's summer party. Keyes Bradford became interested in online dating after becoming single following the end of a five-year relationships. She started her online hunt while finishing her master's degree in business at Stanford and found she was running into the same problem over and over again. She had no control over who could view her profile, including potential business connections, bosses and coworkers.
She also felt like she had no idea who the people she was being matched with were. There was no context to their profiles - just their name and their photo. And so, The League was born. This way the app can ensure your profile is not visible to your professional connections, while at the same time giving potential matches a better idea of who you are as a person based on your education and professional experience.
Keyes If you're not a Goldman banker or a tech entrepreneur, don't worry. Bradford hopes the dating pool represents many different industries. We don't want everyone that's an MBA or a doctor," she told the Guardian. According to Bradford, the recipe for getting into The League is not "cut and dry". The main thing is you have to bring something special to the table. But we are going to be expecting you to have accomplished something in your professional career to compensate for that.
Maybe you didn't go to Oxford, but you started a non-profit to help underprivileged children in Africa and you've run that company from the ground-up. That to me is a just as impressive, if not more, than someone who went to Tier 1 university. Each community is capped at about 10, Do you have what it takes to make it into The League? Krista White, 23, lives in Silicon Valley, California and works in public relations.
She studied theater at Columbia University. She has been on the waitlist for The League since February. Thank God," he said, laughing. He too lives in Silicon Valley. Advertisement Daniel Ratcliffe, 25, also did not have to wait too long before making it into The League.
I was like No 11, and I thought: I am not sure what their criteria is for accepting members. He did attend New York University for his master's degree. He, too, likes that his dating profile on The League looks more professional and that he is able to connect with other hard-working people his age. Keyes "I am a hard worker. I have my master's," he points out. He adds that he has never heard of people "catfishing" on LinkedIn, creating a fake online profile to trick people in romantic relationship.
It's just a matter of prioritization". Ratcliffe said that he did not use the ethnicity filter. It would just be a waste of both of our time if he is racist. I have a little bit of a cynical view on online dating. I mean, I'd give it a shot and see what happens," said White, who has tried other apps like Tinder. Among them is Luxy , self-described as Tinder without the poor people.
Advertisement "Clearly we are having a bit of fun with the tagline and the headline to get people talking about our app," said Darren Shuster, principal of Pop Culture PR and the spokesman for Luxy.
Is that a requirement? The identity of the CEO has not been disclosed and he is known simply as Tim T due to the negative attention such apps can attract. While not everyone might see the appeal of Luxy, Shuster says its users "get it". Advertisement "They love it. It attracts other people that are looking to lead the same lifestyle as they have been leading," he explained.
That's not the kind of dates these guys or girls are looking for. Bradford herself has yet to find her perfect man. This article originally appeared on guardian.