WEAVER: Online Dating for Young Professionals
Weaver – a new social community for young professionals looking to meet new people, was recently launched in South Africa.
The Weaver founders are 26yr olds Andrew Lynch and Kiril Dobrev – the young entrepreneurs behind Cable Kiosk. The duo have now embarked on a new venture, Weaver, aimed to transform the way people meet online.
The emphasis of Weaver is to get busy professionals away from their computers and into a fun, social environment where they can meet like-minded people.
Weaver on Facebook
The Weaver website is now live in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Services in Durban and Pretoria are expected to be launched soon.
“We spent so much time working that we didn’t have time to go out and join social or sports clubs. The only other alternative was to join an online dating site, but we found the idea very creepy.” – Andrew Lynch
The pair had a candid discussion about what were the most relaxing ways to meet new people and the environments that facilitated it.
“While online dating is essentially a collection of personal ads, we wanted a service that took all the hassle out of meeting girls. I joked that meeting girls should be as easy as pressing a button and it is from that phrase that Weaver was born.” – Kiril Dobrev
Weaver offers a group dating scenario whereby two groups of friends – three guys and three girls (or three guys and three guys etc.) are set up with drinks in a relaxed environment.
How Weaver Works:
The Weaver algorithm works by matching up two groups using information from their Facebook profiles and other lifestyle and preference information provided by the user. Matches are made by a combination of computer algorithms and human curation. The user is then emailed the time and location of the meet-up – called a Weaver.
All members are required to do is pick two wing-men or wing-women and show up! The cost of a Weaver is R79 per head, which covers the matching service and the first round of drinks. There is no registration fee to join Weaver, meaning you only pay for the ‘dates’ you get.
Lynch said: “Weaver takes care of everything from vetting applicants, matching you with the right person, to making a reservation at a cool, nearby location and paying for the first round of drinks. We literally enable you to meet cool people at the push of a button.”
Dobrev added: “What surprised us is that more girls than guys have signed up for the service. I believe girls are especially conscious about their environment and the ability to bring along two friends puts them at ease, and hey, if they don’t like the people they have met, they have still had a great time sharing a drink with two friends.”
My Weaver application was just accepted so I’ll let y’all know how it goes!