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Joy aims to be a smarter wedding planner for the modern bride @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Planning a wedding is right up there with moving and job hunting as one of the top most stressful things you’ll do in life. I would know. I’m getting married in 10 days. So when Y Combinator startup Joy approached me about their intelligent wedding planner startup I was already in the eye of the…

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Bumble is finally monetizing with paid features to better help you find a match @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Bumble’s been hinting for a while that they are getting ready to turn on monetization features in their girl-dominated dating app, and now they’ve finally done it. Starting today users will be able to pay for a package subscription model that will get them three new features for $9.99 per month, with discounts available if you…

via Bumble is finally monetizing with paid features to better help you find a match — TechCrunch

The Blind Date Club turns your Echo speaker into a matchmaker — TechCrunch

Can Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa serve as a matchmaker? That’s the idea behind The Blind Date Club, a project from a team of coders presenting today at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 Hackathon. Designed as a voice-activated app for the Echo speaker, The Blind Date Club lets you search for dating profiles by voice, have…

via The Blind Date Club turns your Echo speaker into a matchmaker — TechCrunch

The League launches a rebuilt, event-centric dating app — TechCrunch

The League, the dating startup that’s maybe-maybe-not elitist, is launching version 2.0 in a new city — Los Angeles. Founder and CEO Amanda Bradford said The League has already rolled out the updated app to users in its existing markets, New York and San Francisco, without much fanfare. Today, however, marks the official launch, as…

via The League launches a rebuilt, event-centric dating app — TechCrunch

Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Approaching A Woman

James Michael Sama

As men in the 21st century, the vast amount of ‘advice’ permeating the interwebs regarding the subject of meeting women is often littered with Pickup-Artistry and similar methods that claim if you just pay the few thousand dollars to spend the weekend with the masters, you will be able to walk into any bar, and bookstore, or by any outdoor cafe and leave with a slew of phone numbers, or maybe even a woman. Easy! Right?

We live in a society of instant gratification. We want what we want, and we want it now. We don’t want to have to work for it or put in any real effort, we just want to find the quickest path from not having it, to having it. This misses the entire point. It misses the point of fulfillment, happiness, and building actual relationships. It misses the point of having something with someone that…

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The Importance Of Building Trust As A Foundation

James Michael Sama

Trust, without question, is one of the most important bricks when building the foundation of a strong relationship. Without trust, you cannot have real love. I have emphasized the importance of trust in a relationship in previous articles, but I have just recently [about 20 minutes ago] started to ponder the importance of trust before a relationship.

My most recent article speaks of how a man should pick up a woman for a date. This is what I have always done with any woman I have ever spent time with. To me it is normal behavior worthy of no praise or even a second thought. It’s just the way things are.


However, two different women left a comment on that article almost immediately which reflects some opinions I recall hearing in the past but never experienced first hand: They would not feel comfortable having a man pick them up, and…

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Why You Should Make More People Take The Stairs

Finding love has never been an easy path for anyone seeking ‘true love’. I recall one particular incident where it took an individual close to two decades to finally get hooked up with the love of his heart.

The story goes like this. That once upon a time, there was this young man who had identified two sisters in ‘far lands’. As was the practice then, he had to approach the ‘man of the house’ [read father-in-law-to-be] to present his case. Having accepted the young man’s proposition, and probably to test the seriousness of his son-in-law-to-be, the ‘man of the house’ suggested to this young man to work on the family farm for a given period of time; ten years to be exact. Whether this figure was probably due to the fact that the sisters in question were underage at the time of the young man’s proposal is unclear. But ten years under any other circumstance is a pretty long time. Nonetheless, he was in love. But know what? Mr Suitor here did not disclose to his father-in-law-to-be who of the two sisters he had a crush on. And the wise man (or is it ‘old man’), bothered less about that detail. So, off started the ‘rendezvous’ of hard labor on the farm. And was this young man not dedicated! Ommy!…I am told he toiled relentlessly day and night. Then came the moment of truth. It happened the young man’s effort had been intended for ‘lady y’ and not ‘lady x’, a situation that was complicated by cultural norms within this community. Save the disappointment for another day, anyway.The young man had made up his mind for ‘lady y’ and ‘lady y’ alone. So it was proposed to him to work on the farm for another similar term if he really was serious with his choice. He obliged. Ultimately, he ‘secured’ the love of his heart. A remarkable outcome; a good ending by all standards then, right?

Well, finding the love of your heart isn’t meant to be an easy task. Because ‘the love of your heart’ is the person you intend to spend the rest of your life (or if eternity is much longer, then I’d go for it; can’t recall the exact lyrics on this one) together. You’ve really got to take your time and as my mum would put it: “dig deep inside your soul” to find what it is you really are looking for in a ‘true lover’.

Would you rather wait at your present location (probably at the top floor), or would you take the elevator one floor lower, even lower, and lower; just to find any one ‘waiting there’ for love. Would it be prudent if the one you had to find waiting several levels below the top floor was instead found by someone who’d just started climbing the stairs. Certainly the Hero of this post had unflinchingly made up his mind on what it was he wanted in a woman. He worked for it, he got rewarded.

Personally, I would consider my options judiciously (mind my language and chest-thumping, yo!)

Why You Should Make More People Take The Stairs.

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