photo by Jacy Wojcik
"I want to start a dating app for people over fifty. I know a lot of hot guys over fifty," one woman pitched to a small group last night.
She was in the right place to get feedback, at the Dating and Social Networks Startup Showcase and Digital Dating Etiquette Panel, hosted by Kevin Winston, Founder and CEO of the tech networking group Digital LA. The event was held at ROC, a shared office space in Santa Monica that's home to many digital startups and entrepreneurs. The event attracted industry professionals of all ages and a solid split of genders to pitch their startup companies, as well as a panel of experts to discuss social media startup tips and online dating etiquette, just in time for everyone's favorite holiday.
Digital dating is getting a makeover. No more trolling profiles, looking at photos of people they took ten years ago during their "super hot college years." Gone are the days of reading a laundry list of interests and slugging through tedious paragraphs when you really just want to know if there is anyway you may have a coveted "connection." The startups and experts on this panel are moving online dating to a more natural place -- you may not be meeting these people in person for the first time but goddammit it is going to be as close to that as possible.More »