The original "digital matchmaking" company, Tawkify began harnessing technology to streamline and scale the age-old practice of matchmaking in 2012. Tawkify leverages the power of the Internet, along with advanced database and search technology, to help their "traditional" matchmakers find, screen and match eligible singles for a fraction of the traditional cost.
Tawkify offers a private, full service option that is the perfect marriage between the personal touch of a private matchmaker and the unlimited reach of online dating. The company works with select clients who enjoy one-on-one attention from personal matchmakers, guaranteed matches and proactive, individualized match recruiting. Each introduction takes place via a creative date experience orchestrated and booked by the Tawkify team.
With matchmaking options from $449 per month, Tawkify is a desirable alternative to higher-cost, old-school matchmakers who routinely rely on their own limited networks, provide limited services and generally refuse to guarantee matches despite charging $15k-$100k or more. Tawkify also offers a low-cost membership option to join its "Romance Rolodex" for potential matching with Tawkify clients. It’s a great option for singles burnt out on the time-consuming churn of dating sites and apps and would prefer a more private, secure and human-centric approach.
Tawkify was founded by Elle Magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll and Stanford Start-X alumni, Kenneth Shaw. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California with full-service matchmaking available in major US cities across the country.
So what did I get out of Tawkify? I got to safely stretch my legs, work on my own habits like my nervous over-talking, and remember what dating is supposed to be — sitting across from a new person, getting to know them and getting out of your own head enough to make a connection.
There's swiping and liking, speed-dating, exclusive parties and clubs, and an app for every type of single. Yet with so many options, why do we still complain that dating is more challenging, competitive, and romantically ADD than ever?
For a little optimistic guidance in preparation for Valentine's Day, we turned to eight well-known matchmakers from across the country to help us with the most basic question: What's your top advice for singles struggling to find love?
Instead of using tech to make the matches, a la Tinder, Hinge, etc., it just helps Tawkify's team of matchmakers "narrow down the options and reach out beyond our own database to find the best candidates wherever they are...because we've found that intuitive, empathetic humans just are — and probably always will be — better at doing that for other humans than the cleverest of machines."
Tawkify has shifted the focus back on the simple core of dating — to get to know and enjoy another person. By eliminating the time-consuming and monotonous online dating requirements, like setting up profiles, taking selfies, and sorting through "matches," Tawkify matchmakers make dating fun again.
New clients to the the company are also purposefully paired with matchmakers with similar personality types. "There's multiple levels of matchmaking happening, so I often get paired with creative types, intellectuals and more liberal people," Yanni said.
Every relationship is going to have its arguments and disagreements — it's unrealistic to think otherwise. It is, however, a reasonable expectation to be able to come away from a fight with all sides heard and respected. Tawkify matchmaker Alene Boon says you should ask yourself, "Do you fight well? Do you fight fairly? And can you put it back together honestly?"
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E. Jean’s vision, however, was of an online dating site that got people offline ASAP — no algorithms involved.
"Human language is incredibly limiting," cofounder E. Jean Carroll said to Business Insider. "People are not always completely honest when describing themselves online. Algorithms don't work. A computer can't match people."
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By making things just fun. E. Jean Carroll, co-founder, says, "People are starved to death on Tinder — getting dick picks and never going on dates!"
There’s Tawkify, co-founded by Elle sex columnist E. Jean Carroll, which has gone back to the ancient practice of using human matchmakers.
Cooper flourished as a sharp matcher and devoted listener, calming even the most difficult of clients and leading seemingly-clashing couples to grand romance.
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"We meet everybody for coffee before we introduce them to anybody for a date," he said. Tawkify charges for that human curation, too, with a $500 entry fee that positions it between traditional matchmakers.
"A lot of what clients are paying us for is to navigate some of the very uncomfortable waters of dating," Katherine explains.
But E. Jean is selling this Tiffany's idea. She has given it an impressive title: "The Most Dangerous Date in New York." It writes its own headline, she seems to indicate. Do I dare to shop dangerously at Tiffany's with a man I've never met?
"Make time for dating (if you really want to) if you're unhappy with the way your dating life looks currently, then make it a priority," Orenstein says.
Carrie Parker is a professional matchmaker for Tawkify, spending her days planning dream dates and helping her clients to navigate the singles world.
One of the toughest parts of the job is convincing people that it's not natural to meet people based on pictures and profiles. We've become used to a process that we all admit is toxic.
Dating is definitely complicated and not everyone has the time to fill out all of those online profiles. If you wish someone else would do all the hard work for you, Tawkify may be your ideal dating companion.
For the consumer, the process is simple enough. Sign up, go through an extensive in-person interview and your matchmaker will find potential mates.
Carrie specializes in matchmaking and date coaching. She is the Mid-Atlantic Courtship Concierge for Tawkify, a boutique matchmaking start-up.
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The matchmaker steps in and takes control. She looks in your soul and sees things that you don't even know are in there.
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