Only a small pool of men bothers with belts and button-downs around here.
Women wear flats on coffee dates and almost everywhere else (because cobblestone streets are hell on stilettos).
But it’s 2015, and we no longer have to sacrifice our standards to avoid hypothermia.
Deckinger’s childhood best friend and business partner Adele Testani posted a profile of him on the site. Deckinger had their first date in New York City and tied the knot a few years later.
Said profile caught the eye of Jess, and two women emailed back and forth chatting about Deckinger (if you need a good dose of cuteness, that convo is recorded here). If that tremendous online dating success story wasn’t a big enough reason to dabble in the industry, Deckinger and wingwoman Testani previously co-founded Hurry Date, the New York City-spun speed dating company that has since expanded into cities around the country and been acquired by Spark Networks, the parent company of other dating sites JDate and Christian Mingle.
“It’s a very cool feeling when people tell you they met because of something you created.” The Jess, Meet Ken team includes Deckinger and Testani, as well as a few other developers, and is currently working out of Smarterer and Bzz Agent’s space at 500 Harrison.
Jess, Meet Ken had a “really quiet” beta launch two weeks ago, and they’re currently only relying upon word of mouth for marketing.
Chicks sign in through their Facebook accounts to verify their gender and recommend a great guy in their lives via 10 simple questions before browsing the other advocated-for crop of perfect-for-someone-else men. Simply reach out to the woman who made his profile and inquire further, or straight up ask for an introduction.
“The idea is that women can sell a man better than [he] can sell [himself].
Unlike women in other major metropolitan areas, Boston chicks are typically more concerned with comfort and warmth than with fashion, so there better be a damn good reason to get dolled up.
The notable exception to this is Back Bay, where ladies wear lipstick and Lulus to walk their dogs from one end of Newbury St to the other.
When the Deckinger family decided to relocate from New York City to Boston to raise a family 11 months ago, the matchmaking entrepreneur wanted to get back in the dating game with a new business idea, based upon the site responsible for his happy marriage (the site had since been acquired and sunsetted).