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Originally a project by a Stanford University business class, Speeddate.com combines online dating and round robin-style speed dating, where singles spend eight minutes or less interviewing potential matches.
The San Mateo-based company is scheduled to host its first event Thursday, with three-minute sessions for up to 100 people who live in the San Francisco Bay area. Individuals will meet at least 15 prospective partners in an hour.
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We’re imagining how this venture got started:
Guy 1: You hear about this thing called online dating?
Guy 2: Yeah. I heard it was pretty cool.
Guy 1: Sure is. We should start a company that does that.
Guy 2: What if your internet connection goes down on you?
Guy 1: Then you wouldn’t need a date!
Guy 2: Hi-ooooo.
Guy 1: Have you heard of speed dating?
Guy 2: Yeah. You go on like 20 dates in an hour at a bar or something. Supposedly, you have a good chance of finding someone cool and it only takes an hour.
Guy 1: Sure, that’s nice. But you have to leave the house and run a chance of meeting a whole bunch of lamie-lamersons. I wish there was someway to have the convenience of online dating with the smorgasbord of speed dating options.
Guy 2: Wait. I have an idea.
Guy 1: Is the idea Facebook? Because that already exists…
Guy 2: No, we should start a company that combines online with speed dating. We could call it three minutes in the internet. Or something. You’re the literary guy.