People helping people. That's what it's about.
We all need a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to dating. StrangeAngels.com is a new online dating site where anyone can serve as a volunteer matchmaker for their friends.
We Need Your Support to Make This Happen!
Our vision is to build a community dedicated to helping people find companionship. And we've proven we have the skills to do it. But our journey is only just beginning. If you believe the world needs a dating site where people help each other, a dating site that understands the power of community, and a dating site that treats people with respect and honesty, then please make a contribution. We can't get off the ground without your help.
$15 will get you our beautiful Strange Angels limited edition trading cards.
$40 will get you our innovative QR Code "Human" T-shirt, and the cards.
$100 will get you the cards, plus help our members enjoy a memorable evening.
Many years ago, I tried online dating and found it to be an inhuman experience. It treated my search for a companion as if I were shopping for sneakers. Something about this just seemed wrong.
I'm a creative person -- I graduated from Berklee College of Music, I write fiction, I do photography. (And yes, that's my painting behind me in the video.) And I believe that building a relationship is a creative process as well. It’s like writing a novel, acting in a play, or learning a new song. It takes effort, and it requires feedback and collaboration.
I'm also kind of a technology geek. I spent many years making a living doing Macintosh tech support for companies like Rolling Stone, Atlantic Records, and ESPN. From that experience I learned that you're never supporting computers, you're supporting the people using them. I'm a super-geek, but I'm also a humanist. I use technology in everything I do, and I love it, but I don't believe computers can make us happy. Only we can make us happy.
The idea for Strange Angels
For years it was just an idea -- an online dating site where people help each other. Not a social networking site, where people collect "friends," but a site where you can volunteer specifically for the purpose of offering help. A site that isn't just for singles, but for anyone who wants to contribute. We use the internet to help each other in all kinds of ways -- we help each other find apartments, apply for colleges, we give each other advice... Why not help each other with one of the most important things in life -- finding a relationship? If you're having trouble with your search, there's definitely people out there who can help you. We just need to give them a chance to offer that help.
And then I was laid off from yet another tech job (happens all the time), and I decided it was time for me to do something meaningful. I started building StrangeAngels.com. And just like dating, it required a lot of help -- from friends, family, and strangers. Right now there are two of us officially running the company, but many more people contributing to our success.
The site currently works like this: You can either be a "member," someone looking to find a companion, or a "matchmaker," someone volunteering to help. Members and matchmakers may enter into a partnership, which gives them certain collaberative tools. (Have more questions? You can read our FAQ.) We worked really hard developing the functionality -- but Strange Angels is about much more than just the features.
Our goal is to build a community dedicated to helping each other find companions; to create a forum to tell our stories and to have open and honest discussions about dating, relationships, gender, and sexuality; to host live events designed to bring people together, and foster new understandings of themselves and each other. We understand that to really help people, we have to really help people. The technology isn’t going to do it for us. That’s why, behind the scenes, we’re not just sitting here coding HTML. We’re out there meeting new people, making new connections, bringing in new talent, and finding people committed to helping you.
What we need
Just like writing a novel, the work is never done. Once you've finished that first draft, you have to go back and write it again. And again, and again, and again. The website is no different. We've developed a truly unique site (you can sign up today!) but it's clear if this is going to succeed, we need to keep making it better and better. There are a lot of new features we need to develop that vastly improve your ability to help each other. And also, just as no one is going to read your novel if they don't know about it, you have to get the word out about your website. You can't just sit back and wait for it to "go viral." These things take money.
We're seeking $25,000 to help us develop several enhancements:
- The ability to serve as a "matchmaker," while also searching for your own companion.
- Matchmaker groups, which enable greater networking and resource sharing.
- A more advanced messaging system.
- Across the board design enhancements.
We've put together some tremendous perks, including our unique Strange Angels trading cards, our "interactive" T-shirt (great for meeting people), tickets to our live events, and our biggest perk of all, date-coaching sessions with the amazing Charlie Nox (she's freaking awesome, seriously). You can read more about our perks here.
We can't do this without your help
Strange Angels is really a grassroots campaign. We're out there every day trying to help bring people together. As much as we love to geek out on the technology, we understand this is about human beings and their very personal challenges. If you want an online dating site where you can help people overcome these challenges -- and get some help overcoming yours, then please make a contribution. And if you can't contribute, please spread the word. Every person you tell about us is worth an enormous amount.