Tawkify currently has 27 matchmakers in New York City and San Francisco, with "hundreds" of users, and has plans to expand to Boston in March.Anyone not living in those markets can still use Tawkify, though they'll be charged a discounted fee to video chat with their matchmaker.Daters are paired with a matchmaker who goes through other daters' Tawkify profiles to find someone he or she thinks would be a good fit. "Even though we’re a matchmaker business and say we have data, data, data, we have no control. We just make sure the matchmaker gets them out and they make good choices."Shaw and Carroll met more than five years ago, when Elle magazine was looking for an engineer to build its Facebook app.After talking with prospective dates in person or on the phone, the matchmaker then arranges a date for the two of them. After looking at the top apps on Facebook, they stumbled upon My Purity Test, a quiz-like app that Shaw had built while he was a resident advisor at Stanford.recaps are among the most-read and most-commented-on posts on
But none of that compares to the services of a real-life matchmaker — at least according to the founders of young matchmaking startup Tawkify.
In North America, I say I'm a dating columnist.
It's easy, pretty much every knows what that means, and if for some reason they're confused, I say, "You know Carrie in Sex in the City?
With more than 6 million users, My Purity Test was going viral on college campuses and had reached Facebook's top 30 most popular apps.
Shaw sold My Purity Test to in November 2007, shortly after finishing his bachelor's degree at Stanford.