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Start-up looks to 'end loneliness' with group blind dates
First dates are pretty much the most awkward thing ever. You're either texting your friends commentary throughout or regretting that you spent a Friday evening with Bad Breath McGee instead of your chums. Grouper , an online "social club" launched more than a year ago in New York City, has the answer: Bring your friends with you! Say to Mystery Dude, borrowing the famous lyrics of Notorious B. And we can be friends. Grouper, which has also been connecting folks in San Francisco and Washington D. It's currently accepting applications from potential members in those cities.
Grouper Instead of relying on machine-driven algorithms to find you a potential date or new friend in the real world, New York-based startup Grouper tries to do things a little more, shall we say, humanely. Here's how it works: You link your profile to your Grouper account when you sign up, and set up a few "preferences"—like how much older or younger you want the people you are meeting to be, and what kind of bar you want to go to. Then, Grouper uses your Facebook profile to match you up with three other people—guys or girls, depending on what you select. You bring two friends—"wingmen" or "wingwomen"—and meet for a drink, and it goes from there. Worst-case scenario, you had a quick drink with friends and some new people. Best-case scenario, you met your future wife, or friends that will last a life time.
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Grouper social club
Grouper was an online, invite-only social club that uses data gathered from Facebook profiles to organize group outings called Groupers. Matches for the outings were gathered and analyzed first by a computer and then by a human to ensure strong matches. Groupers consisted of two groups of three friends and can consist of three males and three females, six males, six females, or any other possible combination. Michael Waxman founded the New York -based startup in