The number of people that can join is fairly large, but, in various parts of Europe, the waitlist is almost as long as the approved members-it turns out, the road to love is an exclusive one
When David Vermeulen got out of a long-term relationship and started exploring his online dating options, he was less than impressed. “The problem with these websites is that they are impersonal and too concerned with amassing quantity over quality,” he says. Instead of sucking it up and dealing with the cards the internet dealt, like the rest of us single folk, or going the other route and meeting people IRL, he decided to merge the two concepts and create an app where interested individuals could meet initially online, then off.
We can see the skeptical eye rolls from here, like, “Cool, another dating app to take up space on your phone
Launching first in Amsterdam in 2012 before expanding to European cities like London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, and Barcelona, Vermeulen’s The Inner Circle is now making its way to the Big Apple. ” But unlike Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Bumble, where pretty much anybody with a phone and/or a Facebook can sign up, the Inner Circle screens prospective members before allowing them to join. It takes into account variables like age, sex connection singles, education, and social network analysis (you can connect via your LinkedIn or, yes, Facebook). (more…)