Dawoon here, your CMB co-founder! Yesterday we got a tough but fair analysis of our site by OK Gorgeous writer Amy Copperman. Copperman used the site, assessed it, and concluded that Coffee Meets Bagel is not a ”vehicle for anything deeper than scoring more first dates.”
True, our daily matches do give you lots of chances for first dates — and don’t you need that first date to see if round two is worth a shot? The problem with 21st century dating is not that singles can’t score second dates and more – the real problem is there aren’t many opportunities to connect with new quality singles. Ironically, when we have many friends to hang out with and too many things to do, we have less time to make new connections.
Our members crave to meet new, interesting people, and we love helping them make that initial connection. A critical difference between CMB and other dating services is that there is no “browsing;” you simply get one person a day. Copperman explained how this can be disconcerting, but our philosophy is that the lack of browsing makes a person on CMB a lot more special because you’re not amongst one of the thousands of people being sorted through.
The piece also made a good point – is CMB a site that helps you in “finding the one” or just “finding the one you want to have coffee with.” To us, someone we want to have coffee with is a great start to finding the one — because relationships and chemistry is hard to predict, and you just never know.
There are a lot of dating sites out today, as Copperman noted. A common response I get when I tell people that I run an online dating company is “I don’t do online dating.” I always respond by asking, “Why not?” I think everyone who is single and looking to meet others should be doing so both online and offline; dating sites are just additional channels to meet who you are looking for. Many people are concerned with overwhelming profiles and meeting creeps online. I founded CMB so I could address both concerns – It’s easy and simple— 3 minutes a day to check in, done. And there’s no creepy factor because our matches are your friends of friends!
OK Gorgeous has always been one of my go-to sources for cheeky news – and we at CMB dug the feedback from a straight-talker like Copperman. A critical eye is what makes us keep striving to make our site better for our users. As always, feel free to share your thoughts, comments and suggestions with us at [email protected]!