Grouper online dating
"It really increases the pressure and people don't act like themselves." ( Start-up creates New York's newest social network—for cabs) Samantha Daniels, president of Samantha's Table Matchmaking, said that millennials' noncommittal nature has shaped the way they approach their offline social life, and Grouper is tapping into that shift.
Grouper said users also have made romantic connections through the more informal group gatherings.
Whether it's young professionals looking to meet other singles or for a friendly night on the town, Grouper aims to disrupt the bar scene and traditional one-on-one dating.
Grouper, founded in 2011 by a guy getting over a breakup, offers users the opportunity to go on a blind date during which two groups of friends meet for the first time and spend an evening at a local bar or restaurant.
I have only a few dating rules — no smokers, no one currently in jail and, preferably, no one with my dad’s name (sorry, Barrys of the world). The crowd included me and two wingwomen and a guy and his two wingmen. A few drinks in, we all headed to the Mint for karaoke, where my friends promptly left, and I ended my night alone with three men singing ’90s pop songs until I realized how bizarre the situation was and left before we could all sing NSYNC together.
Unsurprisingly, I didn’t find love on a group date.
"Most of the time, people want to meet people through friends—there's a comfort level," Daniels said.
And after a year of being single without much mingle, I thought it would be funny to try a bunch of new-to-me (i.e., non-Tinder) online-dating sites.
Disheartened by my 145,596th place in line, I decided to switch gears since I had a better chance of getting into an actual Ivy League before it was my chance to find elitist love.
I moved onto something that wasn’t technically an app but that I thought might work.
"The style Grouper provides is almost a 'hang-out' atmosphere versus one-on-one dating situations," said Sian-Pierre Regis, founder of culture and lifestyle website Swagger New York. It's not creepy online dating, but rather a hangout session for new friends." ( Founder and CEO Michael Waxman told CNBC that he was inspired to start the site when, after moving to New York, he grew frustrated with larger social media sites and wanted a different way to meet people.
Grouper's goal is to help you connect with strangers in the real world—the next evolution of social networking, according to Waxman.