For at fees that range from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, these would-be cupids offer a form of self-care for daters who've had it with Tinder.Founded in 2003, Andersen's Linx Dating serves a select tier of tech-industry insiders.And that demand creates an opportunity for a growing number of their peers to pursue what many might consider a dream job—making their own hours while being paid to talk and think about romance.(Yearly salaries for matchmakers in cities like New York and L. start at about ,000; those running their own shop can make up to 5,000.) But not just anyone can be a matchmaker.Linx clients occupy a curious position: They've earned enough tech dollars to take their love lives offline. It was app fatigue that drove Rachel, a real-life success story of Three Day Rule, the country's largest matchmaking database.The 32-year-old cosmetics company executive had been living in New York before she left in 2012 to attend business school.
But now, happy with her relationship, she says, "At the end of the day, none of that stuff really matters."These matchmakers are not like your pushy aunt or Yente in , the sort of matchmaker who calls friends and friends of friends to inquire about the avail- ability of their sons or daughters.It takes a lot of time and energy to meet people and sort it out." Matchmakers relieve some of the anxieties that dating apps create.For one thing, they make it clear that a date is a date.You'd think that one of the first women to work at Facebook would have the whole online-dating thing down.But after an awkward date ended with a guy giving her his résumé, asking if she could pass it on to "Mark," she decided she was finished trying to meet men on her own.For ,000 (yes, ,000), Linx offers a "silver" package, which guarantees clients eight introductions over two years, with matches drawn from a database of about 850 active members.Upgrade to "platinum" for ,000 more and you'll get 10 introductions plus a "romantic concierge" to plan your dates.Nobody hires a matchmaker because he or she just wants a hookup; if you accept a date brokered by a matchmaker, you know that you are signing up for someone who at least wants the potential for a relationship.Matchmakers can also help smooth over misunderstandings that might otherwise lead people to "ghost," or disappear on, each other, if they'd met through, say, Hinge.At one point, Rachel had problems on Bumble, The League, Ok Cupid, and, yes, Hinge.She came across Three Day Rule in a women's magazine or on a website—she can't remember.