He says other cities will be added, but they need enough restaurants and enough users.The site focuses on age-themed dinners of 10 people rather than matching individuals, he says.
I've gone to a lot of bars and restaurants I probably wouldn't have gone to otherwise."Other dating companies have all but bypassed the website approach and gone mobile with location-based dating, with smartphone apps such as Cupid Radar, based in Los Angeles, which launched this year.Founder Mehrdad Sarlak, 41, says he wasn't targeting any specific age group with his app, but he says he's done online dating and thought there needed to be a better way than the lengthy process that involves "e-mailing and then talking on the phone and then coordinating schedules and finally meeting.""Then you would meet after weeks and months and in a half an hour face-to-face realize it was not a good connection," he says.So the organization is launching its own dating enterprise, in partnership with an up-and-coming site called How About We.com, which solicits ideas for interesting dates, then connects potential partners who like the suggestions and want to go out.Its traffic jumped 221% in the past year, according to Com Score."The core idea was to build an offline dating site that made it easy for people to say what they want to do for a date, connect and get offline," says Brian Schechter, 33, co-founder and co-CEO of How About We, which launched two years ago."It's mostly getting out of your comfort zone but having that safety net of having your friends with you.
It's not just the people you're meeting, but they also pick pretty cool spots.And its events are designed with the Millennial mindset. We describe ourselves as an offline social club," he says."We handle all the logistics," Waxman says."Simply sign up and tell us when you're available to go.We don't like to even call them dates," says Michael Waxman, 26, co-founder and CEO of Grouper, which launched last year in New York. "I did go on several dates and they're just not what they advertised themselves to be."AARP won't have a clear field for the older singles market.The Our Time community, which includes Our Time.com, Seniors and Senior People Meet.com, has 4 million members, according to parent company People Media.Although he just turned 50 in September and isn't an AARP member, Ken Nicholas signed up with How About We this fall because he "liked the premise of taking it offline."Nicholas, a sales consultant in Los Angeles, was married for 12 years; he says it was difficult to get back into dating after his divorce was finalized in August.