Founded in 2014, The League differentiates itself from the bevy of dating apps with a vetting process that scrutinizes a candidate’s education, career, and, as founder Amanda Bradford explains, “ambition.” “It’s a dating app for aspiring power couples,” Bradford told Geek Wire this week.
He moved to SD 4 days later after telling me he didn't want to leave LA.Well, The League has a juicy internal Slack channel that’s chock full of this exact type of user feedback.They've shared a selection with , and it's frighteningly relatable.Asked about being described as an “elitist” dating app, Bradford said companies like Google and schools like Harvard could also be called “elitist” because they don’t accept everybody. The model really works; it’s modeled after institutions that produce couples at a high-rate.” Bradford, who’s received her fair share of criticism for the app’s selective process, added that “we’re not necessarily rejecting people.” “We’re putting people in at the right time in the best interest of the community,” she said. That’s putting the community first.” Bradford also pointed out that we’ve reached an inflection point in the modern dating world given that it’s the first time women and men are “professionally equal from a numbers perspective.” “And it’s not only professionally, but women are starting to demand equality in relationships,” she said.She also noted that those places “create the highest quality matches.” “It’s less about whether this makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy, but more about: is it effective? “They’re not the ones taking trash out or taking the kids to school. We serve as a nice foundation for people who want those kind of relationships.” Bradford, The League’s heavily scrutinized admissions-based model is our attempt to create a founding community of high-achieving, diverse, and influential members that will serve as trailblazers to help change the conventional gender views still prevalent in our society.“I can’t think of another city that is on brand as much as Seattle in terms of just how educated it is — that’s really a core demographic,” she said.
“It will be a perfect fit for the model.” Once you sign up for The League — it asks for Facebook and Linked In profile access, along with personal details and detailed preferences for a potential partner — the company puts you through both a human review committee and an algorithm to decide if, basically, you’re good enough.
Bradford said she’s excited to see how the app performs in Seattle.
She’s heard it’s a city where people mostly hang out with their friends; a place that doesn’t boast a “mingly culture.” Some folks have told her it’s “like San Francisco but worse.” “I think Seattle could be a really awesome market for us,” Bradford said.
Surprisingly, Meredith Davis, The League's Director of Communications & Partnerships, told me that most people do take this chance to say something.
After you complete the request, your text is automatically routed into a dedicated Slack channel that's monitored by their staff. Of course, some of the behavior people report is legitimately bad, and that’s taken seriously.
Cool." And then there was this guy who just doesn't seem to have very good manners.