“Yelp of Dating?” Startup DatingSphere Relies on Personal Reviews to Form Authentic Portrait of the Dater

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DatingSphere Announces Launch a Month Away in June 2016. The DatingSphere System Uses Friends, Family and Even Exes to Build a “Sphere of Trust"

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We want to give daters valuable, pertinent information before they invest their time and energy on a particular person, said Founder and UC Berkeley alumnus Ming J. Li.

No one can disagree that the internet has spun gold out of the concept of first-hand reviews, whether it’s looking for a restaurant, a carpet cleaner or a dentist. But how about for a girlfriend/boyfriend? Expected to fully launch in June, a web app called DatingSphere incorporates a similar idea – that those who have experienced the service can add their reviews. Only in this case, the service is personal relations. The company calls it the “Sphere of Trust” – it’s a collection of ratings and comments from the dater’s close friends, family members and exes – up to 10 people total - meant to provide a more honest and accurate picture of the person.

Once an individual 18 years or older joins the free service, they will then invite friends to the app and into their Sphere of Trust. The dater’s friends must confirm they agree to participate in DatingSphere, no one can be added without consent. The friends will then upload a recent photo together with the dater; highlight some of the dater’s personality traits; share a personal story or something most people don’t know about the dater; and verify key information about the dater. It’s an opportunity to expand on the dater’s profile or maybe bring to light a charming personality trait the dater didn’t think to mention in their profile.

“So much is revealed when someone’s friends describe them. They might immediately mention the person’s sense of humor, or talk about their strongest trait like being mechanically-inclined or trustworthy,” said DatingSphere Founder and UC Berkeley alumnus Ming J. Li. “DatingSphere is a platform that expresses the full 360-degrees of a personality and enables a dater to construct the most accurate profile possible. It is also the most honest because friends verify what the dater writes about themselves. We want to give daters valuable, pertinent information before they invest their time and energy on a particular person. We often hear online daters complain that the people they finally meet were nothing like how they advertised themselves to be.”

Besides its innovative Sphere of Trust approach to compatibility and trust, DatingSphere also applies a complex matching algorithm to connect couples down to the personality type and traits, as well as fun gamification techniques to add an exciting new twist to the process of matchmaking. With the Sphere of Trust, DatingSphere has the potential to be the world’s most honest and complete online dating service.

For more information, visit http://www.DatingSphere.com

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