When Lesley Workman decided to meet up with a prospective Romeo from OkCupid, the 30-something Internet entrepreneur noticed something wrong on first sight. “He looked at least 10 years older than his profile picture,” she says.
It’s become a loathsome part of the dating process. You spot an online cutie, develop some excellent chat banter and arrange an IRL (“in real life”) meeting with Angel214 or Casanova2012 only to be disappointed by what can most generously be called “discrepancies” in their profiles.
Workman nixed one suitor whose true personality was revealed via Facebook. He “uploaded a photo of a girl in a G-string bikini on a bike on his profile,” she says. “That extra information is why I had no interest in entertaining a conversation with him.”
After her run-in with the Dorian Gray-like dude, Workman joined theComplete.me. Since then, she’s ignored her OkCupid account because the site’s users share interests and other information via verified Facebook accounts.
“The goal is to mimic the way singles meet when they’re not in front of the computer,” says Brian Bowman, founder and CEO of theComplete.me. It also allows daters to weed out unwanted advances, like philanderers looking for a covert fling.
Julie Spira, self-proclaimed cyber-dating expert and author of the book “The Perils of Cyberdating” says sites like these are likely to become the new Internet standard for love seekers.
“People want to verify now,” says Spira, who coaches singles and even writes profiles for her clients. “The next generation of people dating online are looking for a real connection.”
That includes your real name and maybe a couple of references from your real friends.
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Brian Bowman, CEO theComplete.me, to keynote on Social Discovery at iDate LA: The Mobile Dating Industry Conference0
New York, NY–Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that Brian Bowman will provide the keynote address at the 9th annual iDate West Coast Mobile Dating Conference. The event takes place on June 20-22, 2012 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
Bowman is the CEO/Founder of theComplete.me (www.thecomplete.me), the Internet’s first social dating network. He is the former VP of Product Match.com, VP of Community Yahoo!, and CMO Reply.com. Bowman is a recognized authority on social networking, online dating and acquisition marketing.
Bowman’s ability to foresee the directional shifts of the dating industry, coupled with his deep understanding of product and community, uniquely qualifies him to keynote the event. In it, he will describe how the dating industry is broadening into social discovery, moving from PC to mobile, sharing implications to business models, user experience and acquisition marketing strategies.
Thrilled to be speaking tonight at the Funders & Founders event. The event will be streaming live tonight at 7:50pm PST.
Schedule of Events
- 7:50pm – Mark Brooks introduces the current state of Online Dating
- 7:55pm – Shayan Zadeh, Zoosk co-CEO speaks on the Future of Online Romance
- 8:00pm – Brian Bowman, CEO the Complete.me speaks on the future on online dating
- 8:05pm – Will Bunker, CEO Oneandonly.com (which sold to Match) speaks on the future of dating
After the speeches, a team of investors will question and advise founders of online dating startups. If you want to present your startup to 800 funders and founders APPLY HERE.