To do so, new users must apply to join and all applicants are carefully screened before being granted access.
The Inner Circle’s premise is not unlike The League, another elite dating service that vets potential members before allowing them to join.
Both apps aim to create exclusive communities of “high-quality” users - singles who are smart, attractive, ambitious, and career-focused.
“The selective nature of the app sets these parameters to guarantee the highest success for members, not to create an elite, closed network.” The Inner Circle goes to great lengths to keep the platform private and tight-knit, including profile-screening, Facebook and Linked In verification, and social network analysis.
The Inner Circle also hosts monthly, members-only events at glamorous venues in major cities around the world, providing in-person meet-up opportunities for users in a safe and relaxed environment.
And if your neighborhood happens to be more than three stops outside Manhattan? Yes, New Yorkers also pass on prospective mates because they're too nice, needy, live in a neighborhood that’s inconvenient, or are just plain weird. You’re usually meeting at the bar/restaurant/coffee shop. What if it’s one of the eight months a year when it’s freezing or those other four when it’s unbearably humid?
If they offer to meet you at a spot in your neighborhood, even better! (This never happened.) Thinning the herd can also mean dumping the rugby-playing med student because he was super available and attentive.
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There are so many damn people you would think it’d be easier, but it’s not. What makes New York equally amazing and horrible for dating is the sheer number of options.
Some people are dating purely for the stories, whether they know it or not. In New York, Tinder is so accepted as a means of meeting that elusive attractive individual who lives three blocks from you and ALSO loves hamentashen, you might not even lie to your grandparents about it. There’s a ton of awesome stuff to do in the city, and since you probably have an awesome and more chill time doing it with your established friends, you’re not likely to risk doing anything "fun" on your list with a potentially lame stranger. If the date goes badly, inevitably you end up doing something super awkward like saying goodbye and then walking to the train in the same direction and slowly trying to fall back.
Ever since Michael Garofola, 36, moved to New York in October, his calendar has been packed with different women penciled in for dinner or drinks.