Although Tech Crunch editor Michael Arrington recently posted an April Fool’s joke about hiring a matchmaker to find him a wife, matchmaking services are becoming an alternate (and pricier) way to find a mate (think Millionaire Matchmaker).
According to the site, the “007” assistant will begin “contacting and interacting with the candidates.
Once an interesting candidate is qualified as a strong candidate, your 007 Dating Assistant works to stimulate interest, build comfort, and flip her attraction switches.” The client doesn’t have to participate in the process until a “pre-date evaluation” meeting before the actual date. I get that people are busy but the idea that I’d be trading emails with a virtual assistant posing as the potential date seems disingenuous and gives me the creeps.
Vi DA functions as an outsourced online dating service that takes care of the various stages of the online dating process for its clients.
Founded by Scott Valdez, the company consists of dating specialists that take care of doing all of the online dating work for you, including: - Sifting through dating profiles - Handling communication and responses - Creating professional and attractive profiles - Finding women that match your criteria - Supplying you with dates (the setup) Five different packages are offered through the site: Do-it-Yourself Package: Unable to afford the services, but want to learn online dating Profile Writing Package: Get a professionally-crafted, magnetic profile while taking care of your own online dating Basic Package: Minimal costs in order to try the services and get dates delivered to you on a monthly basis Premium Package: Two to five dates delivered to you per month Executive Package: For those wanting a completely automated dating life and a calendar full of dates Package options include: Basic Package (minimal financial commitment) Vi DA will invest 20 hours into: - Setting up your online dating profile - Creating a shortlist of candidates - Starting conversations - Setting up dates Cost: 0 per month Premium Package A 40-hour Vi DA investment of searching for a month’s supply of dates, with a minimum guarantee of 2 dates with pre-approved women every month.
He's witty, a touch aloof and not overly complimentary.
And when he gets the woman, it's not his heart that flutters. Hartshorn is a hired gun, ghostwriting correspondence on behalf of single men unwilling, too busy or too inept to do it themselves. "I don't care that much if it becomes a date or not," Hartshorn admits. Sealing the deal is up to the company's "closers." And going out on actual dates?"I found a writer on Craigslist and paid him to send my messages for me," said Valdez. When I saw he was doing a good job, I'd have him handle the back and forth.We had a lot of success." Related: We want your love: Apps compete for online daters Soon, friends and family were begging to use his assistant too. The business, which has mostly male clients, offers profile writing for 0 or monthly messaging packages where Vi DA takes over your communication, which runs about an hour.To help these dudes out, Virtual Dating has launched a service to allow busy male professionals to fully outsource their online dating experience.At a price of 0 per month, the company’s virtual dating assistants will use “advanced internet dating techniques and strategies to create online dating profiles, interact with women and set up dates with them.” The company says it will work approximately 40 hours per month for each customer and guarantees them a minimum of 2 dates per month (or their money back)."The reality is that most people are doing everything wrong," said Scott Valdez, founder of Virtual Dating Assistants.