In honor of yesterday’s post, today’s startup is very simple. A dating site with a single member: Glenn. Ha, just kidding, buddy (I just couldn’t think of a good name for this idea). However, I was thinking more about dating sites and thought I’d throw out one more idea.
Let’s look at dating sites from two points of view. First, the ladies. I’ve discussed online dating with several female friends and there are a few major issues they currently have. One, they get lots of dating requests, but the vast majority are from people they are not interested in. Either they are too old or boring or just plain sketchy. Which leads to number two, which is when they do find someone who looks good on (e)paper, they don’t have any way to tell if the guy is safe or if he’s going to show up in one of those big vans with no windows.
All right, now for the guys. First, you have to go through a ton of effort to find someone who looks like someone you’d like to date. Then, chances are the girl has so many other messages that she never responds to yours. Finally, if she does decide to take a chance on you, it takes several days or weeks of writing back and forth online before she trusts you enough to meet up for some coffee.
Here’s an idea that gets around many of those issues and (unlike most ideas on this site!) actually has a chance to make some decent money. The site would be a “premium” dating site, where the female members would be invited to join by searching social networking sites and hand-selecting the best looking and most interesting people. Note that the site would not be open to the general public. You would need to be personally invited to join.
So now you have a site full of only the most eligible bachelorettes, time to open the floodgates for the men, right? No. Anyone can browse the profiles, but to make contact you’d have to become a member. Easy? No, it is very difficult, along with going through an extensive screen process (background check, etc..) you’d have to pay a steep fee, probably around $1,000 right up front.
OK, now let’s look at the advantages from both sides. The women get a little ego boost right up front by being selected in the first place. Once they are in the site, they won’t get nearly the same number of dating requests, but the ones they do get are from guys who have been pre-screened and fairly financially stable. The advantages for the guys are pretty obvious, a hand-picked list of attractive and interesting girls who have time to read your messages and won’t be as scared of you as a standard dating site. Yes, the money hurts, but dating is expensive! Plus, if two members agree to go on a date, the site could “foot the bill” AKA refund $50 back to the guy for the first 5 dates.
Quick note for anyone who is calling me a chauvenistic pig right now – this could 100% be turned around where the guys are hand-selected and the girls would have to pay.
Anyone know of any premium dating sites already out there? Think this could work? Can you picture the lucky student who finds the want ad: “Male/Female needed to search MySpace for attractive Female/Males. $X/hr + commission”