At some point last year I decided I wanted to meet someone.
This came as a surprise to my friends. I had spent most of the last half of 30 years single and felt proud when my exes returned my calls. I had set and hit a number. I had protection in my wallet and many ways to say I was a bachelor. I laughed at friends who had a girlfriend voice, gave dirty speeches at weddings and fumed when a friend I cared for chose a partner I didn’t like.
Then Caitlin, Kathy and Katie came to Seattle and we went out for Greek food. After a bottle of red wine I told them I wanted to buy a dog. That I had been thinking about my own parents and how happy they were together. And suddenly I was asking them to set me up, warts and all, since they were my best shot at meeting someone wonderful. They were all at Caitlin’s Christmas party, 3 of 10 friends I’d known since childhood. With one drop dead beautiful new girl.
Months later, that girl is my girlfriend: Anna. She’s the coolest girl I’ve ever met, and I have never felt more like myself. I owe Caitlin, Kathy and Katie more Greek food.
Last week my friends and I launched Likebright to bring trust and transparency to online dating. We believe existing sites (with creepy strangers, endless questions, and suspect profiles) can learn some things from the old fashioned way 32% of couples still meet – with a little help from their friends.
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