US matchmaker finds love for geeks | ANI News | Hollywood Bytes

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US matchmaker finds love for geeks | ANI News | Hollywood Bytes
Jul 12th 2012, 08:45

Washington, July 11 (ANI): A matchmaker has been offering a dating service that unites nerds with attractive and single women from San Franscisco Bay-area.

Amy Andersen said that about a dozen years ago, she realized that the dotcom boom in Silicon Valley had created a lot of very successful and very lonely men.

Meanwhile, nearby San Francisco had been crawling with smart, attractive and single women.

So Andersen launched her dating service Linx Dating in 2003 to bring the two groups together.

"I think when people initially visualize that Silicon Valley guy, they're really picturing these mini Bill Gates's running around with coke bottle glasses and maybe pocket protectors, just totally clueless around women, and there is definitely some of those, let's be honest here," ABC News quoted her as saying.

"I find a lot of the guys in Silicon Valley can be so exceptional on paper. These guys have been absolutely rock stars in their academic careers. Professionally, they've sold companies. They are just going incredible places.

"And when they come into my office, I often see this deep insecurity, especially in landing or trying to pick up and attract a beautiful woman. It's very hard for them," she said.

She started out beta-testing her idea on her friends and researching dating advice.

Almost a decade later, the dating service has grown into a prosperous business with more than 1,000 paying clients, according to the company's website.

But Andersen's services don't come cheap. Packages start out at around 1,000 dollars and go up to the VIP level with a hefty price tag of 50,000 dollars, which also included wardrobe consultations and date coaching, Andersen said.

"For instance, he might show up for a first date in a really shiny sports car. And that's really great and all, but the wrong woman is going to end up with him for the wrong reasons," she said.

"My advice for these guys, and it's happened so many times, is to rent a car. Borrow your buddy's Prius or Honda.

"And if you're with the right woman, she will be with you for the right reasons, and not the wrong ones," she added.

When Andersen meets with clients, she gets them to fill out a vast and deeply personal questionnaire, which includes questions such as "rate your physical appearance on a scale of 1 to 10.

She then works to build her client's confidence and match them up on dates. (ANI)

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