How you meet or otherwise hook up with someone in the Online Era might have changed, but one thing hasn’t: finding love isn’t always easy and considering that we use so many different forms of communications, it seems like it’s just that much easier for there to be miscommunication between hopefully interested parties. There are plenty of places on line to find people, but how do you navigate the waters? And how many times have you wished that there was someone there who you could turn to for some dating advice, when you need it, in the moment?
Enter Live Dating Advice, an online dating coach where you’re not only getting advice from real people – it was founded by a group of top international dating coaches who’ve been there, done that and heard it all. Most people can’t afford dating coaches (much less advisors who are all certified by the International Dating Coach Association. Who knew?)
Need adviceabout what you should put in your profile?What you’re going to say in your message? A date? All of the above?Your dating coach (and maybe new BFF) is there for you in seconds – and at a fraction of the cost for traditional coaches.
Cofounder Hunt Ethridge, a pioneer of dating coaching and cofounder of the International Dating Coach Association, tells us more (and guess which NYC neighborhood is a hotbed for love?)
Tell us about the service.
Our expert advisors provide live dating advice. Let’s say that you have an online dating site profile, but you are not sure that it captures your true interests or magnetic personality. Perhaps you’d like to get advice on places to go for a memorable date. Or maybe you’re curious why another person went cold all of a sudden. Unlike friends or your mom, LiveDatingAdvice is there for you whenever you need, with the right advice, for those times when you need it the most. On the go, anywhere, you’ll benefit from the help of experts.
When you go to gym, trainers are available to show you the ropes. But with online dating, which is the main way people meet these days, users are often left without any insight on how to use the service successfully. There are over 60 million singles using online dating services today, meaning that there are more people than ever out there feeling alone and helpless. We want to help those people find love!
How is it different?
Almost all tech-based dating services are launched by non-dating industry people. In our case, our founding team has a combined 25+years of experience in helping people find love. Our team is familiar with the pitfalls, and so we’re able to quickly help people experience better dates and find love. All of our dating advisors are certified by the International Dating Coach Association.
What market are you attacking and how big is it?
The online dating industry is $2.5 billion market in US. Currently, not one dating site offers live advice of any kind. We are here to help solve that problem!
What is the business model?
Initially we are going directly to consumer. In the future, we are looking at possibility to partner with select dating sites to offer it to their members.
Why did you embark upon this venture?
As a 1-on-1 dating coach, previously I was only able to help people one at a time, and was unable to help people in other parts of the United States. For many years now, I’ve been receiving inquiries from around the United States and across the world. The desires for love is a universal need.
I have wanted to be able to help people outside of New York City. That led me to team up with two other dating coaches to found LiveDatingAdvice. Now our team can help people anywhere, at any time, find love.
From your data, which neighborhoods in the city are people most likely to find love?
We find that Williamsburg is currently a hotspot for love. People tend to be a bit more relaxed in the area and not hyper-competitive. If you are looking for a great date, head to Williamsburg!
What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?
We want to be helping 10,000’s of singles navigate the difficulties of online dating.
If you could be put in touch with one investor in the New York community who would it be and why?
Box Group. They have a great network, proven results, and are founder friendly investors.
Why did you launch in New York?
Where else?! It’s the biggest city in US. Many find it a nightmare for dating, unless you can make sense of the confusion. New York has great energy. It can be the perfect place to spark an amazing relationship, the problem is finding that person. It is about time that every New Yorker experiences better dating.
What’s your favorite NYC happy hour spot in NYC?
Flatiron Lounge is the place to be for a happy hour. Offering some of the best cocktails in the city. It’s like traveling back in time to the set of a 1920’s gangster film. And if you want to be adventurous, try the “Devil Went Down To Georgia”.