So three super-smart Korea-born, San Francisco-based sisters—the twins, marketing and business development maven Dawoon Kang (Stanford Business!) and CEO and product manager Arum Kang (Harvard Business! )—bravely ventured into the dude-dominated app space to launch Coffee Meets Bagel to try and solve some of the biggest online dating headaches.The profiles list your occupation and employer up top. We did some primary survey research on what factors are important to women when it comes to finding a partner, and things like job and age and education matter a lot for women, which is why we actually put that on.
What makes Coffee Meets Bagel different from all the other dating apps? We focus on young professionals—especially young professional women.
Safety is one of our biggest concerns, because it’s very important to women, so all the identifiable information (like your name) remains private until you get connected.
Does online dating ever make you want to claw your damn face off?
For every Ok Cupid marriage or Tinder triumph, there’s horror story after horror story of enragingly endless back-and-forth messaging, super-gross come-ons and wildly mismatched intentions.
You can also purchase coffee beans that give you perks like rematching with someone after the 24-hour window closes.
We sat down with Dawoon—who’s dated two dudes off Coffee Meets Bagel so far, including her current BF—to chat about how Coffee Meets Bagel works, the sexist blowback from their huge moment and the secret habits of ladies dating online.Then the app sends you one match—called a bagel—every day at noon. If both you and your bagel are into each other, a chat window opens where you can talk to your bagel.It only stays open for seven days, though, to encourage actually meeting up IRL.The app is a very young-professional-geared crowd, so that is the information that they want to know, right?The Kangs are currently killing it: they turned down -million from Mark Cuban on earlier this year; they’re operating all over the U.S., plus Sydney and Hong Kong; and have so far made 25 million introductions worldwide and kickstarted 10,000 successful relationships (including more than 120 marriages! Coffee Meets Bagel has just launched in Toronto, and the sisters Kang plan on rolling it out in Vancouver this fall. You sign in through your Facebook account—a la Tinder—and set up your profile (it’s free), adding some of your Facebook profile pics and writing a little bit about yourself.