The company has reported that the app, which features push notifications and alerts, allows users to set up a Grouper in as little as an hour, avoiding the long questionnaires other services require their users to fill out.
Squad is betting that the best time to meet new people is when you’re already out and about with friends, primed to meet other groups of friends.
Matches for the outings were gathered and analyzed first by a computer and then by a human to ensure strong matches.
The excursions were planned in venues throughout 25 cities for six people.
Liebman gave me a bit more detail about how the app works, like how there’s an internal chat within squads but also chats between different squads.
At a certain point, it started to seem like a lot of work just to connect with another random group of friends, but Liebman argued that it’s meant to be “analogous to how those dynamics play out in real life.” Think of the times you’ve been out with friends and started chatting up another group at the same bar.
Groupers consisted of two groups of three friends and can consist of three males and three females, six males, six females, or any other possible combination.
The member experience team communicates with users throughout the Grouper.
(For now, it’s three men and three women on each date.) Initial matchmaking consultations are , and each date costs .Or when you’ve been with one group of friends and started texting someone to convince them to come over, and maybe bring their friends too.That’s the basic idea here, just in an app, and not limited to your bar or your social circle.An investor in Grouper refused to comment on the matter.Grouper was an online, invite-only social club that uses data gathered from Facebook profiles to organize group outings (called Groupers).Tinder Owner Match Group Files To Go Public Grouper Talks Competition, Partnerships, And Why Group Dates Offer Built-In Credibility Group Matchmaking Startup The Dating Ring Launches In San Francisco Liebman contrasted this approach with group dating apps like Grouper, where there are usually two people (one from each group) who’ve connected, and they’ve brought their friends along for the ride.The problem there, he said, is that even if the date ends up going well, “two-thirds of the people there are going to have a poor user experience.” And the group dating approach is more formal than Squad’s, with a designated time and place (and usually the expectation of unisex groups, while Squad’s squads can be mixed gender).The company reported its services are officially available in 25 cities in the US and Toronto, including 2013 additions Nashville, Denver, and others.Additionally, Grouper London is launching in November 2013.Users receive a customized message from the member experience team on the morning after their grouper inquiring as to the how the night out went.This feedback is analyzed and stored for future matching.