CU-Boulder team hopes new dating app a match for campus clientele Looking for connections based on more than looks By Natalie Munio Posted: Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another original concept for a dating app, a band of University of Colorado students has sought to prove you wrong. Founded last year by CU senior Sean Chenoweth, the Qualify app seeks to bring compatibility and personality back into the dating game.
Able to speak from bad app-dating experience, Chenoweth said he finally became fed up with the superficiality of Tinder and other dating apps that often led to awkward conversations and very few second dates. I felt even lower about dating afterwards — I was hoping for love, and got that horrible experience instead.
Advertisement "We're trying to get away from the mass amount of right swiping based only on someone's looks. Tinder is pretty much known as a hook-up app, but we want to get more compatible matches so that you can go on a second date and hopefully it will lead to a great relationship," said Emilia Caliguiri, who runs Qualify's marketing and social media.
Qualify, however, requires an extra step: The user creates a quiz for his or her profile which can consist of three to five questions with various multiple choice and true or false answers for each. The idea, as Chenoweth explains, is to try to define your perfect date through a series of your own questions, so that users become their own gatekeeper for who to invite into their lives.
That can get really boring after awhile, too. Just scrolling and judging, scrolling and judging. But Qualify introduces a unique sense of anonymity to the game, which requires decision making to be primarily interest-based. To start, a user's profile picture will be completely blurred out. With every question you get right, you can start to see my face better," Chenoweth said. It adds a layer of trivial entertainment while also adding a layer of protection from potential mismatches. The app is exclusively available to CU students.
When logging in, users are required to use a CU student email address, to ensure it's only being used by CU students. Chenoweth explains that there are various reasons for deciding to isolate the target audience, among them being a sense of community in meeting fellow students, not just a random person.
For Caliguiri, exclusively seeking out other CU students adds a larger sense of protection to the world of app-dating. Safety was a big part of conversations we had as a team," Caliguiri said. It's much more familiar. Long term, Chenoweth and the team hope to expand the app to other college campuses throughout the country after establishing a following here in Boulder.
Once we get that, we'll raise a big round of funding and travel from campus to campus. We want to keep it only for college students," Chenoweth said. I'm in it for the long haul.