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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Matchmaking Service Descends on the San Francisco Dating Scene

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

click to enlarge Is this the S.F. dating scene? - MASSON/SHUTTERSTOCK
We all have that one friend who tends to wingman for us when we go out to bars or clubs. Unfortunately, not even the best of wingmen (and wingwomen) can be guaranteed to find us someone worth talking to.

Unless the aforementioned wingperson has the potential date fill out a questionnaire right there in the bar — which would be very weird — it’s impossible for us to know if you're cool or someone who knits sweaters made of your cat's hairballs. And bars can be tricky places to have ice-breaker conversations, you know the scenario — you see someone cute, you get enough liquid courage in you to talk to them, and your wingperson steps into action, initiating a shouting match over the bar's blaring sound system. "YOU LIKE VODKA? ME TOO! WE HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON!"

And over the past few years, matchmaking services — basically, companies acting as a stand-in wingperson — have been spreading out over the S.F. dating scene. And now, there's a new company that's moved in.

Project Fixup rolled into San Francisco in the last month; started in Chicago in 2012, Project Fixup requires singles to fill out a questionnaire online, and then matches people up based on the answers they give. It sounds like the basis of all matching making services to us, but we're willing to give it a try. 

According to Project Fixup, once we fill out our form, they'll pick a “themed” date for us to go on with a lucky suitor who has similar interests as us, so likely someone who loves Netflix binges and can't stand Muni (so basically, you're all still in the running!). Date themes range from “whiskey date” to “mystery.” Although filling out the questionnaire is free, users pay $20 to go on the actual date. Users also have the option of going on group dates, which could eliminate any first date jitters. Of course, whiskey does that too.

“Project Fixup is different in that with online dating, there’s browsing online profiles and back and forth messaging, and while that can be fun, it’s pretty inefficient,” says Sarah Press, the co-founder of Project Fixup. “There’s no browsing, no messaging, just answering a few questions. It’s a fast way for people to meet over a drink and see if they hit it off.”

Interested? Check it out for yourself.

We will be going on a date through Project Fixup in a couple of weeks and blogging about it for your amusement and education. Or something. Stay tuned.
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