Benjamin Hohl, co-founder and chief operating and business officer of Spark Starter, said the idea came when his co-founder and Spark Starter CEO Tony Kramer was set up with his now-wife by a friend.
“He was discussing the typical struggles of dating with a friend.
That’s the question of the day for Lauren Kay and Emma Tessler, co-founders of Dating Ring, an online matchmaking service.
The company is the subject of season two of the podcast devotes each season to chronicling the ups and downs of a single fledgling company.
But here's where Grouper differentiates itself: The service requires the two people it connects to each bring along two friends on the date, creating 3-on-3 outings that harken back to the good old college days, when coeds did their courting in packs.
A female friend of mine who had used Grouper told me about it late last year and I've since gone on several dates using the site (for research purposes only, obviously).
Then came the awkward emails from managers of the restaurants and bars where the dates were taking place.
"I don't know how else to say this to you," the manager of one venue wrote, "but I had to kick out two of your customers last night because I discovered them having intercourse in one of our bathrooms.The tape caught dozens of fraught exchanges between Blumberg and his wife, his partner, his investors and several of his overworked employees.Kay and Tessler say they expect Dating Ring to get the same warts-and-all treatment.Twine matches you with compatible people nearby based on shared interests. You'll see where the person is from and what you have in common.If you hit "Twine Now," you can chat with the person.In the early days of his online dating startup Grouper, Michael Waxman saw signs that suggested he was onto something. After going on five dates using Grouper, 25-year-old Waxman met Alex, a girl he's still with today.