Coffee and bagels dating review

coffee and bagels dating review

In a nutshell: It's almost Valentine's Day. Still searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right? CoffeeMeetsBagel.com taps into your social network to introduce you to friends of friends.

Cool factor: Each day at noon, Coffee Meets Bagel serves you a "bagel," a candidate culled from your friends. You have just 24 hours to decide if you "like" or want to "pass" on the match. If both of you click "like," the site connects you through a text message.

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TL;DR:  If you’re a woman looking to try dating online but are unsure of the process, then Coffee Meets Bagel is the dating network for you. With a model that puts privacy and safety before anything else, CMB will always have your back.

Online dating can be an intimidating pool to jump into, especially for women. Some questions that may run through your mind include “Is he who he says he is? How much information should I reveal? When should we meet in person?”

Sisters Arum, Dawoon and Soo Kang started Coffee Meets Bagel in 2012 in New York City. Just like many single women out there, they kept asking themselves, “Where are all the good ones?”

They’re all pretty, intelligent, funny and nice, and New York City is full of millions of people and millions of opportunities to make a connection. Why was meeting someone special so hard?

We now live in a society where people basically work 24/7 and sleep with their iPhones. How are you supposed to meet someone and have a successful career at the same time? That answer is Coffee Meets Bagel.

“It’s for single people who are very busy with work or whatever it is and they don’t have a lot of time to go to bars to meet people,” Dawoon Kang said. “I really think online dating, and technology in general, should be used to make everyone’s life easier – do things you already do but in an easier manner.”

Most of the hundreds of thousands of members on Coffee Meets Bagel are educated, young and busy professionals. Seventy percent are between the ages of 18 and 30, almost 100 percent are college graduates and more than 35 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

We definitely did for many years and still do. And not to sound arrogant, but we think we are a pretty decent, smart, and on some good hair days, even cute bunch. So why are we having trouble meeting other decent people like us?

Despite the swarms of new, young, & ambitious people flocking into the Big Apple City every year, and the numerous happy hours and late night parties, we & many of our friends (yes, both guys and girls) found ourselves asking the same question. We knew that they were around us, but just didn’t know how to really meet and connect with them…

To make this easy & fun, we decided to deliver to our members one match (“Bagel”) every day at NOON. Members simply choose to LIKE or PASS their Bagels. We wanted to create something for you to look forward to every day, something that adds excitement to spice up your lunch break :)

Most of all, we hope our service will ease the stress of finding the right person for you and wish you the best in your search (and hope you make some cool friends along the way). Welcome to CMB!

Arum loves being in the consumer space. She has experience working at Avon Products and Amazon, leading efforts to understand consumer needs and behavior to deliver superior product experiences. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Arum is excited to start a business that leverages technology to bring something truly valuable to consumers.

After wandering around for years trying to find her passion, Dawoon is happy to be finally working on a matter close to her heart, with and for people she loves! Prior to CMB, she lived and worked in Korea, Japan, New York, India and Hong Kong, in a variety of roles that spanned from strategy and business development, marketing, and research to investing/finance. She is a proud graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Soo is a veteran graphic designer, with years of experience working with many of the world's most recognized brands such as Belvedere Vodka, Samsung, Harajuku and Sally Hansen. Despite her impressive list of clients, Soo's true passion lies in working with startups to help them create designs that are both beautiful and functional. As a single woman in NYC, Soo's experience and insights marked the beginning of Coffee Meets Bagel. She holds a BA from Parsons School of Design.

Online dating has come a long way from simple text-based Yahoo Personals , but we still can’t seem to get away from the vaguely creepy strangers who lurk around most online dating sites. So rather than filling out lengthy online applications and trusting to the algorithm, Coffee Meets Bagel figures, why not just leverage your Facebook friends to find you a non-threatening mate? And since you need a place to have that awkward first meeting, here’s a deal at local restaurants and cafes. It’s Groupon meets Match.com, complete with the daily e-mails.

CMB currently serves singles in New York City and Boston (places that are known for decent bagels, not surprisingly), but it just raised $600,000 from Lightbank and Match.com co-founder Peng T. Ong to bring the service to San Francisco (known for its great coffee), its new company headquarters. It’s a nice chunk of cash for a 5-month-old company with 50 percent month over month growth, 100,000 introductions, and 6,000 real-world connections.

To get started, you sign up with your Facebook account and give CMB your age, gender, religious and ethnicity preferences (if any) for your ideal date. CMB then scours your Facebook connections for a match and sends you one result, called a Bagel, every day at noon via e-mail. Your Bagel will almost always be a friend of a Facebook friend who has signed up for CMB. If you don’t have many Facebook friends, you’re not doomed to be single forever. “If we can’t find a match in a friend of a friend, we’ll use third-degree connections or find other [CMB] members that fit your criteria,” says co-founder Arum Kang.

If you like your Bagel, you can set up a real-world date by clicking the “Like” button in the e-mail. If not, click the “Pass” button and move on to the next day’s match. No one will know that you don’t want to date your sister’s boyfriend’s co-worker (and especially the poor sap you rejected).

CMB is free to sign up and use, but the company charges for credits, called Coffee Beans, that unlock more information about your match. For instance, you can see your match’s profile for free, but if you want to know who your mutual friends are, it will cost you 65 Coffee Beans, or 65 cents. If one day you passed on a Bagel and have a sudden change of heart, for 265 Coffee Beans (about $2.65) you can reconnect with them. You can buy Coffee Beans on the site in 100, 2,000, and 3,000 increments, but if you don’t want to spend the money, you can earn them by filling out your CMB profile, inviting friends to use the service, or giving feedback on why you passed on a match.

You can already pick from far too many dating sites that use matching algorithms and in-depth personality profiles, so why bother with Coffee Meets Bagel? Well, if the cute name doesn’t make you smile, maybe the simplicity of sharing free chocolate bonbons with a Facebook acquaintance you found through a daily e-mail will. And if it there isn’t a love connection, at least you got the free dessert. Now if CMB can just raise the bagel bar in SF.



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TL;DR:  If you’re a woman looking to try dating online but are unsure of the process, then Coffee Meets Bagel is the dating network for you. With a model that puts privacy and safety before anything else, CMB will always have your back.

Online dating can be an intimidating pool to jump into, especially for women. Some questions that may run through your mind include “Is he who he says he is? How much information should I reveal? When should we meet in person?”

Sisters Arum, Dawoon and Soo Kang started Coffee Meets Bagel in 2012 in New York City. Just like many single women out there, they kept asking themselves, “Where are all the good ones?”

They’re all pretty, intelligent, funny and nice, and New York City is full of millions of people and millions of opportunities to make a connection. Why was meeting someone special so hard?

We now live in a society where people basically work 24/7 and sleep with their iPhones. How are you supposed to meet someone and have a successful career at the same time? That answer is Coffee Meets Bagel.

“It’s for single people who are very busy with work or whatever it is and they don’t have a lot of time to go to bars to meet people,” Dawoon Kang said. “I really think online dating, and technology in general, should be used to make everyone’s life easier – do things you already do but in an easier manner.”

Most of the hundreds of thousands of members on Coffee Meets Bagel are educated, young and busy professionals. Seventy percent are between the ages of 18 and 30, almost 100 percent are college graduates and more than 35 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.