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This is especially true for one of San Francisco’s thriving business sectors — the app’s “early adopters” are primarily tech folks.Not ideal if you’re in the startup world and want to expand your horizons. To celebrate the launch, Ok Cupid went dark for a day, turning all of its profile photos black, so users would “have to make their dating decisions based on words and wits rather than abs and, well, other body parts,” the company said in a statement.Blind dates only seem to work out when it’s a set-up and you have a friend or two in common.Thankfully, Bobby and I had some common ground and could talk about tech, so we’ll end up as friends. Online dating fans: Would you give Crazy Blind Date a shot?In short, if we take you on as a client, we guarantee you will go out on dates!
The It's Just Lunch team is dedicated to you, and this is our commitment to our clients: We will be measured both personally and professionally by our dedication to providing each and every one of our clients with the best matchmaking service possible!Venture Beat teamed up with ABC7 News reporter Jonathan Bloom for this project: I would go on an actual blind date, and the San Francisco network affiliate of ABC would interview my date on the spot. Setting up the app and the service is easy: Just download the free app on your i Phone or Android and connect to Ok Cupid if you’re already a member (or create a new account if you’re not).You’ll only need to reveal a few basic details: first name, age, whether you’re into men or women, and a profile pic, which the app will subsequently scramble (see left).A few hours prior to our “date”, a mutual friend recognized me from my scrambled photo. Three margaritas later, I was thoroughly enjoying myself, and I learned all about Bobby’s startup. Ok Cupid may address some of my initial concerns over time.A few bugs prevented me from booking a last minute date — the app would tell me that “I’m already busy” on a particular night. And then there’s the chance someone might recognize you despite your scrambled photo.
In an interview with ABC7 (see below), Yagan claimed the app has already been used “hundreds of times.” It’s a nice idea in theory, but when Ok Cupid introduced a similar blind dating service in 2007, it was a complete bomb.