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Still, that makes it tough for Raya to break into new locales.
But the beauty of the business is that since all users pay .99 per month, it doesn’t need that many to earn plenty of money.
Now the startup’s COO, Morgenstern has agreed to give Tech Crunch the deepest look yet at Raya, where the pretty, popular and powerful meet each other.
You need a member’s recommendations or a lot of friends inside to join, and you have to apply with an essay question.
That could lower the consequences for finding someone you want to meet, learning a bit about them, but then approaching without prior consent.
However, Morgenstern insists, “The real risk is the density challenge.” Raya’s map doesn’t help much if there are no other members for 100 miles.
But to achieve its mission of getting you offline to meet people in-person, it’s now letting you see nearby people on a map when GPS says they’re at hot spots like bars, dance halls and cafes.
The idea is that if you both swipe right, you could skip the texting and just walk up to each other. Even other exclusive dating apps like The League that induct people due to their resume more than their personality might feel too unsavory for a map, since having gone to an Ivy League college doesn’t mean you’re not a jerk. But this startup is betting that its vetted, interconnected, “cool” community will be excited to pick fellow Raya members out of the crowd to see if they have a spark or business synergy.