The announcement came in one of her seasonal newsletters, “Dating Confidential,” in 2009.
She counseled the men beforehand to change out of their baggy Palo Alto polo shirts and exercise pants, to dress up, and put their best side forward.
Thursday nights have become surprisingly popular at a five-star Menlo Park hotel.
Two eagle-eyed matchmakers, big tech money, and an army of stiletto-shod women mix and mingle there—all important factors in Silicon Valley’s peculiar mating algorithm.
It’s late morning, and Peter Rudolph, the executive chef of Madera in the five-star Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Silicon Valley, is commuting from San Francisco to Menlo Park.
The hotel opened four years ago on Sand Hill Road—a veritable venture-capital office park—near Woodside, home to many tech billionaires.
She expertly navigates the back garden in black stilettos as she explains how her services work. Before she sees them, prospective clients will fill out an initial form describing what they are looking for and what level of service they want. “There has always been that part that is really wealthy, like crazily wealthy They have engineering backgrounds without great social skills,” she says. Like Andersen, Ericson often encounters men who think they can engineer the perfect wife.
Andersen says she is now advising about 1,000 clients, many of whom work near or on Sand Hill Road and socialize at the Rosewood. “I have a lot who say, ‘I want a 105-pound Olympian, Ivy League–educated triathlete,’ ” she says.
All head to the dark barroom to the left of the entrance. Sipping a soda before one of their Thursday-night “meet-ups” at the Rosewood bar, Andersen’s business partner, Nina Ericson, describes the origins of Cougar Night.
Ericson—a 50-year-old lawyer turned life coach—goes by the Twitter handle @Dr Date2soulmate and often meets Andersen’s clients at the Rosewood spa café.
The 36-year-old is the perfect face for a high-end dating service.