For socially weird or anxious or shy people, trying to meet a stranger in public is a nightmare, and even for someone charming and outgoing, it’s a grueling task that requires a lot of luck.The alternative that often happens is meeting someone through friends, which can work, but it’s limiting yourself to single people your closest friends and family happen to know.Sam Yagan—the CEO of online dating juggernaut Match Group, co-founder of OKCupid and self-described professional matchmaker—has already mastered the art of getting people connected online, but his next challenge is understanding what happens once people meet offline.Yagan hopes improving mobile technology will enable his company to find out what happens after the initial online spark."The US has become our fastest growing market, with New York and Boston leading the way," Michael Krayenhoff, cofounder of The Inner Circle, told Business Insider."Now with the launch of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston we expect the US to be our largest market by the end of the year." Krayenhoff added: "This success mainly seems to come from the fact that Americans seem to be Tinder-tired and looking for a more meaning full and less shallow way of connecting with people who are on the same page." In contrast to more established dating apps like Tinder and Happn, where it's all about speed and getting through profiles, The Inner Circle allows people to share considerably more information about themselves beyond a short bio.
But The Inner Circle is still significantly smaller than Tinder and some of its other rivals, which boast tens of millions of users.
"At the end of the day we are looking to create a close network of like-minded, inspiring singles who are kicking ass in their profession," Krayenhoff previously told Business Insider.
"Whether they are from the creative or corporate world, it's about having that ambition and zest for life.
from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a billion industry.
Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.