Founded by Stanford grad Amanda Bradford, The League sets out to match ambitious, interesting professionals in San Francisco and New York City with other ambitious, interesting professionals.
The Matches The League only gives you five matches per day. Once you “like” a profile and he “likes” you back, you can open up a messaging feature and start chatting. Bankers, professors, doctors, guys who work in political think tanks; everyone was career-driven. Education: Plenty of Ivy League men and advanced degrees.
It always plays out the same: I download the app, put up the same profile pic (because I look he loves Nas. If you’re looking for a Harvard man or an Amherst girl, go for Highly Selective. App addicts may cringe about this but I personally liked the idea of reading through each profile versus mindlessly swiping. Well-Traveled: Nearly every guy I saw had travel as an interest in his profile, especially international travel.
I’m making matches but the guys aren’t saying anything. I’m messaging and it’s not leading to an actual date. I end up deleting the app and happily use the extra space for more Spotify playlists. Tinder has 50 million users but let’s be honest, how many are guys you’d actually want to share a martini with…and possibly more? I joined the waitlist in last place at #113,364—which is more people than the town I grew up in—but was rushed to the head of the line because, you know, I know people.
To prove that they’re not lying about their pasts, every active man on the site has to verify their alumni status.
Brett had been on the app for a few weeks, whereas Jarry had it for only a couple of days, and neither of us was sure exactly what to expect.
Unlike Tinder, Sparkology offers services like professional photography and even profile writing.
While they don’t write messages for the men, they do have to pay with one “Spark” for each initial message they send a woman, which eliminates the “hey what’s up” messages most women have grown accustomed to.
“I regret doing it,” says Shultz, a Dickinson grad whose cheekbones could slice an apple. “[It’s] just a more curated group of people geared towards our demographic, which is 20s and 30s and, you know, who come from a good family,” Shultz says of the ultra-exclusive dating app, which provides users with just five matches a day. “I do think the concept of exclusive, invite-only, hard-to-get-into, wait-in lines — it’s very New York,” says Bradford, 30, whose company weeds out the hoi polloi from the hoity-toity.
(The app, which is free, even boasts a concierge service that doles out dating tips and feedback.) “I think it’s a good fit for the mentality here.” Since the app launched, she has been inundated with pleas from the public.
Here's what happened: Brett: I went into this singles mixer open and optimistic, perhaps naïve, about how the night would unfold — but I did vaguely know what to expect.