Life has been busy– aside from work and school, I’ve been spending what little free time I have working with my friend on a new business idea: meeteor.com. The concept: a dating site for alumni of select academic institutions. The current (tentative?) list includes the following exclusive sixteen, in alphabetical order:
The site is actually my friend’s brainchild and, for the most part, I’m the technical heavy lifting part of our little team of two. In general, we know that there are a lot of people who are alumni of these schools– i.e., our friends and people like our friends– and are having a hard time finding people to date, despite using services like Match.com and other online dating services. And to some, a site like meeteor.com might smack of elitism or just plain snobbery, but the reality is that people use a variety of factors as filters when selecting who to date, everything from race or ethnicity to height and weight to taste in music or books. So, of course, educational background is a possible factor and it’s up to individuals to decide how important it is, which will decide whether or not they use our site and whether a particular educational background is an absolute requirement when selecting a mate. But more importantly, educational background can be an important factor because college– at least four years of undergraduate and however many more years of graduate school– is an extraordinarily influential and memorable period in a person’s life and people who graduated from the same school or similar schools often share common backgrounds, experiences and views in the same way people from the same regional areas or cultures do. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what most often brings people together?
In any case, admittedly, the idea is not a completely original one. There are, of course, a bunch of dating sites out there and even a few sites targeting this particular community. However, after taking a look and asking around, those particular sites aren’t very popular and have a few serious shortcomings, including one that only allows you to search for members of the opposite sex. I seriously think that we can put together a better, more useful site that will hopefully really hit the mark. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the way people date– we’re just trying to give people a better way to find the type of people they want to date.
So, we’re working hard every free moment we’ve got and we’re scheduled for launch in August. In the meantime, visit meeteor.com and sign up to be notified when it goes live!