When online dating first became available
“If someone says to me ‘All I do is work’, I’m probably not going to want to work with them.Not only do they not have balance in their lives, but to me that’s also indicative that they don’t have time for a relationship.” After the initial screening, Amy sets up a one-on-one meet-and-greet, which she said is the most important part of becoming a client.This is where Amy gets to know the person, hear their personal story, and find out what they’re looking for in a partner (and what they’re not looking for).Most importantly, Amy is determining if her company is the right fit for both parties.“A lot of these people are so focused with their careers that one day they wake up and think ‘Oh my gosh, I need to find my match. The inspiration for Linx came in 2000 while Amy was working in private client services at a tech company in San Francisco but living in Silicon Valley.Whether it was at work, through friends, or just out and about, Amy frequently met men and women who were educated, successful, attractive, and well-rounded, but they were single and didn’t know why.Knowing both areas very well, Amy pinpointed the problem: there were more available men in Silicon Valley than San Fran and more available women in San Fran than Silicon Valley.With their family, friends, and careers being in their respective cities, making the 50-minute car trip to meet someone special wasn’t at the forefront of their minds, Amy explained.
Amy receives dozens of referrals every day and screens each candidate herself.Whether someone isn’t 100% over their ex or are in a difficult phase of their life, her instinct can tell if the timing is off.“The meet-and-greet is an important session for myself but more so for that prospect to get a good read of what Linx is all about,” she said.“That was my ‘aha moment’ where I thought ‘What if I were to bridge this gap and create these opportunities for these great women in San Francisco and these great men in Silicon Valley? Amy then spent the next 3 years doing as much research as she could, using her business-oriented mind to get a better idea of the market and demand for this type of matchmaking business.In 2003, once she had all her ducks in a row, she quit her job at Merrill Lynch, launched the company, and never looked back.