Dating Ring

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Lauren Kay
Lauren KayMaker@laurenikay · CEO, Dating Ring
After over a year of beta testing and refining our product, we just relaunched our new site. Excited to be on ProductHunt and happy to answer any questions!
Erik Torenberg
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@laurenikay thanks for the discount! what's the most common advice you give to people on their profiles? what are some tips / dating wisdom you can leave us? :)
Lauren Kay
Lauren KayMaker@laurenikay · CEO, Dating Ring
@eriktorenberg So on our site, we don't have dreaded profiles, which are basically impossible to do well. We do allow members to show photos, and my biggest suggestion there is definitely include photos where you're with other people! I've seen so many profiles where people will blur out the faces of other people, or only include solo shots. Don't do that! You want to show that you have friends :) In terms of dating advice, my favorite rule is the 60/40 rule. Most people aren't super exciting in person, and you generally don't have instant rom-com ready chemistry. If you're totalllly not into it, don't waste your time on a second date. But if you think there's a 60% chance you maybe eventually will really like the person - go again! People nowadays write each other off too quickly. And that stinks, because most people are presenting the worst version of themselves on a first date. First dates are hard. Go on seconds. And for our first 10 Product Hunt signups, you'll get even more where that came from, as we're giving an hour of dating coaching and advice to the first 10 who sign up with code hunted20 :)
Simon Dawlat
Simon Dawlat@virtualgoodz · CEO, Batch.com
@laurenikay I love the idea. Love today (aka, finding the right partner), can be a complicated transaction for a lot of people. (I know we all like the idea of love as magical chemistry, and it happens all the time, but the reality is just different). Like all complicated transactions (raising Series A, buying an appartment, etc.) using a trusted third-party that is paid by the hour – not by the result – can be a game changer. I like that idea of offering "just that little help from your friend" that helps breaking the ice. It's like being invited to a diner where a friend has invited that "other friend" just for you ;)
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I was just chatting with @carmeldea about dating apps like Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel. I'm a fan of them but (and yes, this is going to sound like a first-world problem) it takes a lot of effort to find someone and then once you go on a date, there's probably a good chance they're not a great fit. How do you determine what's a good match, @laurenikay?
Tori Bunte
Tori Bunte@stttories · PMM, HPE Storage
@rrhoover I think this (determining a good match) is the big one with paid services. The idea of curated matches is a great one - but if you pay $60/month for one match a week and they all end up being duds, it seems a bit wasteful. @laurenikay - how does Dating Ring plan to refine match curation if users find themselves totally discontent with their matches?
Lauren Kay
Lauren KayMaker@laurenikay · CEO, Dating Ring
@stttories Great question. We ask users for feedback on each match they receive, and each date they go on, and use this to improve future matches we send. So, if we see that someone isn't getting a lot of mutual matches, we're able to change the types of matches they're getting to improve their chance of connecting. We also give our users feedback to help them improve their chances. Radio silence is one of the biggest complaints we hear from people about other dating services, and it's what we work our hardest to prevent. Because members are paying monthly and receiving a match along with a personal note about why that match was chosen, they're also much more likely to give that person a try and go on a date - unlike other applications where you're flooded with options, and it's easier just to ignore everyone.
Simon Dawlat
Simon Dawlat@virtualgoodz · CEO, Batch.com
I love the idea. Love today (aka, finding the right partner), can be a complicated transaction for a lot of people. (I know we all like the idea of love as magical chemistry, and it happens all the time, but the reality is just different). Like all complicated transactions (raising Series A, buying an appartment, etc.) using a trusted third-party that is paid by the hour – not by the result – can be a game changer. I like that idea of offering "just that little help from your friend" that helps breaking the ice. It's like being invited to a diner where a friend has invited that "other friend" just for you ;) Edit. Doubled this one. Can't delete?
Lauren Kay
Lauren KayMaker@laurenikay · CEO, Dating Ring
@Virtualgoodz Thanks Simon, and you're spot on. Finding the right partner affects people's overall happiness, on average, more than anything else in their life. Unfortunately, many people sit and wait for 'fate' to bring them love. In reality, finding the right partner is much, much harder than finding the right job, or the right apartment. It takes a lot of searching and a lot of time. Hiring an expert third party can help to make the seemingly impossible a lot more possible. And in the end, it's all worth it! We work with so many happy couples who are glad that they put in the extra effort.
jonas
jonas@jnsdls · Yeah, I don't know either.
Very interesting. This is the best paragraph on the whole website by the way: "So, give us a try. Because what else are you going to do with that $20 bill? Make a sweet origami bow tie? Okay, that’s actually a pretty good use of your money..." Best of luck with your company and if you ever expand over to good old Europe I'll most definitely re-purpose that origami bow tie I made out of the 20€ bill. ;)
Lauren Kay
Lauren KayMaker@laurenikay · CEO, Dating Ring
@sleinadsanoj You just made my day Jonas. That was all Emma (any time you see something funny, that's her.) We had been pulling another all nighter and at the time, this seemed like a funny joke. We were hoping at least one person would agree. Will definitely hit you up when we get overseas!
Lauren Kay
Lauren KayMaker@laurenikay · CEO, Dating Ring
Exactly - I went on tons and tons of online dates and generally found that people were very different in person from how they seemed online. Over the past year, our matchmakers met thousands of our members in person and then set up dates, so that we could analyze what worked, when it came to matchmaker intuition, and what didn't. We learned that most things do not affect matching directly - you might loathe Taylor Swift and I might know every word to her first album, but we can still have awesome chemistry in person. So, we have created technology behind the scenes that assists our matchmakers with traits that we know are important to matches (age, height, educational background, to name a few.) We also ask our members for a very specific lists of curated interests - everything from gluten-free to Reddit to crossfit - to get a good sense of how their lifestyles would fit together. And our matchmakers approve each match with a personal note about why the match was suggested. Hope that helps to answer your question! Sorry for all of the words.