Those are some of our takeaways after attending The League’s launch party on a warm summer evening Wednesday at the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion in Ballard.Founded in 2014, the startup differentiates itself from the bevy of dating apps with a vetting process that scrutinizes a candidate’s education, career, and ambition.It’s very un-Seattle like.” That may bode well for The League, which caters to folks with impressive educational backgrounds and those who have demanding jobs — the booming tech industry in Seattle certainly has no shortage of that.
“We don’t have the tradition you get in other cities,” he said.
It’s a testament to the fact that there’s a need for people who want to meet new people.” After chatting with the young professionals who attended the party, a few themes about the city’s single scene, dating apps, and modern romance emerged. The League has taken more than a little heat for its rigorous screening process, which selects for highly educated and ambitious people.
Attendees of the Seattle launch party were well aware of the app’s dubious reputation.
So I have some hesitancy, but then again, if it can help me fight the good fight and find true love, then that loss percentage is probably worth it in the long run, rather than endless pointless dates and swiping.” Most people we talked to echoed Leonardi, saying that The League’s admissions process doesn’t make them feel warm and fuzzy, but it’s a necessary evil when looking for like minded people. John Prosser, a 37-year-old middle school teacher from Tacoma who was previously married and has three kids, said he agreed with Bradford’s idea that companies and universities could be described as “elitist” because they screen applicants and don’t accept everybody.
“We curate everything else in life, like our schools or our jobs,” Prosser said. ” Not everyone at the party found the reputation for elitism objectionable.