Online dating has become increasingly de-stigmatized, but there are many who still aren't comfortable having their photo online and publicly admitting they need help finding a mate: the powerful, the wealthy, and the well-known to name a few.And though you'd think they would have fewer problems than us mere mortals in finding a significant other, apparently they suffer the same slings, arrows and bad dates as the rest of us.Daniels is the face behind Samantha’s Table, the matchmaking service that caters to clients who are, according to its site, “ultra-successful, ultra-busy, ultra-cultured [and] ultra-educated.” They’re people without the time required for e Harmony or the low standards required for Tinder. She would target “successful, high-end people” looking for “real relationships,” she explained. Daniels launched the first iteration of The Dating Lounge as a Facebook app around two-and-a-half years ago.But after countless users begged her for a mobile version, she’s now debuting the The Dating Lounge for i Phone.A smart, sassy tsunami of self-confidence, Spindel has the chutzpa and sixth sense needed to ferret out the perfect match for her clients .She'll approach anyone woman who fits the bill -- in gyms, Barneys, a parking garage, on the street. I've made a good living and have never targeted wealthy men as suitors. They suited my creative sensibilities, and I've also thought that if I were with someone wealthy I would give up some of my power.I spoke recently with three matchmakers, Richard Easton, Janis Spindel and Samantha Daniels.Though New York based, all work with clients across the country (and internationally), and Daniels keeps an LA office as well.
In order to get on the "roster," women must be very attractive, fit, be either book smart or street smart, and have a successful career of some sort. 27 to 78.) They don't accept many short women, though they do keep a small pool for very short men.
Whereas the highest income level you can list on is 0,000, on The Dating Lounge, “we start at 0,000, and you can say you make a million, or two million, [or more],” Ms. Every day, the app sends each member five recommended matches.
Users can also search for potential matches by 15 different criteria like location, education, income and religion.
"Men feel more comfortable with me, they will say things to me that they won't say to a woman, about what they're looking for, what works and doesn't." Putting on my marketing hat, it does make sense that that his branding appeals to masculine sensibilities, with nary a heart or pink flower in sight.
Janis Spindel, the doyenne of New York matchmaking, might disagree.