The attention-grabbing dating app called The League just raised $2.1 million of funding. It’s mission? To be a high society version of Tinder. When you swipe you swipe through Princeton and Stanford grads, trying to find a mate from–or headed to–the ONE PERCENT. Speaking of 1%, the app has so far (it’s in beta) “paired 20,000 people, resulting in 19 couples,” according to Business Insider. That’s a success rate of .095%. (Note: In the comments below, a League Supporter asserts that the number comes from 20,000 matches, not people, which gives a different percentage.)
That’s far less than 1% accuracy, which may represent the first time a product in Silicon Valley has raised significant funding after proving itself a failure in 99.9% of cases. Founder Amanda Bradford says The League is not really elitist–rather it’s selective. The League “curates” people, Bradford says. Besides, you don’t have to have attended an Ivy League school to get an invite to use The League, it just helps. You’ll remember–as surely Bradford’s investors do–that Facebook started out as an Ivy League-only thing. The League is a smart app that does a lot of work for prospective daters. It’s too bad it takes away the serendipity that begins so many of the really great love stories.
Check out The League here.