All the Good Men: Lost, Now Found

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New Social Network Offers Exclusive Access to Elusive Ambitious Singles, Love

This is where all the good men are...

Exclusive dating service IvyDate (http://www.ivydate.com) claims to have the answer to the most disturbing question raised in media this week: what has happened to all the responsible, career-oriented, single men? In response to a February 19th Wall St. Journal article by Kay Hymowitz entitled “Where Have the Good Men Gone,” the online platform confidently asserts that in reality, they never truly left. The world’s most well-educated, sophisticated and driven singles can apparently be found on IvyDate – a venture recently founded by Harvard Business School graduates.

“Bold claims and amazing clients to back it up,” states Philipp Triebel, co-CEO of IvyDate. “Our members were carefully chosen and cultivated. Just as a beautiful Bordeaux can only be made using the highest quality handpicked grapes, our platform is the finest expression of detailed selection and an intense labor of love.”

Last spring, Philipp Triebel and Beri Meric began crafting IvyDate as the successor to their controversial DateHarvardSQ venture. The initial project provided access to a significant base of Harvard educated singles, attracting thousands of women who were asked to pay subscription fees in order to meet them. The business model led to DateHarvardSQ being lambasted by women’s rights supporters and the national media. “The truth is,” Triebel says unflinchingly, “women want to date driven, intelligent guys. A Harvard education is a great indicator of such qualities.”

While the former Harvard site is still flourishing, the founders now have their eyes set on a new prize – IvyDate’s undisputed reign of the New York and London dating scenes. “Sure there are plenty of “guys” whose lives are dominated by a combination of video-games, cheap beer and casual relationships” says Meric in reference to the Wall St. Journal article. “But there are just as many responsible, hard-working and successful men looking for like-minded life partners. There hasn’t been an online forum for women to find them, until now.”

The controversy (or genius) behind IvyDate lies in its simplicity - it matches interested singles exclusively with graduates of Ivy League Universities. “Many dating sites harbor the types of “pre-adults” that Hymowitz refers to,” postulates Triebel. “By and large, whether they are artists, bankers or business owners, our members are making moves.”

How easy is it, then, to meet someone on the move? Pretty simple, it seems, if you are approved. All profiles undergo a stringent review by the membership committee to ensure that applicants display qualities such as creativity, intellectual curiosity and determination. Too niche to have mass appeal? Definitely. It’s certainly not Match.com. But perhaps it’s part of the answer Hymowitz’ was looking for.

“This is where all the good men are,” states Meric. “All the amazing women too.”

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