Following much outcry about Bay Area startup Dating Ring’s very public attempts to herd in eligible east coast women and match them up with fully employed San Francisco men, Maureen O’Connor convinced event organizer Lauren Kay to let her crash the party. From her New York magazine piece, hilariously headlined “I Got Shipped to California to Date Tech Guys:”
One-hundred twenty-nine donors and $10,222 later, plans were in motion. Fifteen lucky women were selected to make the trip; each would go on two “curated” dates selected and planned by the Dating Ring.
There would be a cocktail party where the New York women would meet their Crowdtilt benefactors, and a rager open to all Dating Ring members of both genders. At the last minute, Lauren agreed to add a 16th woman: me.
O’Connor goes on to share her experience in the form of a Day One through Day Five diary. An account that starts in Newark, alongside a speech therapist named after the elf queen in Lord of the Rings, and soon encompasses, in flight, a dashing male Qatari journalist.
Read the full article here.