to be watching NBC on the first Sunday morning in August last summer, you would have seen something curious.
There, on the set of Meet the Press, the host, David Gregory, was interviewing a guest who made a forceful case that the U. economy had become “very distorted.” In the wake of the recession, this guest explained, high-income individuals, large banks, and major corporations had experienced a “significant recovery”; the rest of the economy, by contrast—including small businesses and “a very significant amount of the labor force”—was stuck and still struggling.
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Part of the reason we look at profession and Linked In is that SC is pioneering a dating-meets-networking concept, where people are linked by professional drive as well as relationship status. We even host industry-specific nights like Finance and Fashion, which draw on the idea of networking and dating. Because they have tried online dating — which can be cringe and uninspiring — and they have become disillusioned by the hook up or “shop window” nature of apps like Tinder and Happn. Social Concierge started as a concept in 2011 and has been functioning with a team since 2014.
We then looked through the sites that were successful on the German market and had a number of ideas how we could do things better.
A few weeks later we decided to put our hypothesis to the test.
Our headquarters are in Berlin, where we employ more than 300 people from almost 40 nationalities. Until six — eight weeks before starting our company, neither my co-founder Lukas nor I had ever used an online dating site.
The market really caught our interest in 2008, when we read about an investment from Index Ventures into Be2.
Scott Fitzgerald was right when he declared the rich different from you and me.
But today’s super-rich are also different from yesterday’s: more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity—and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind.
Now, let Berkeley International be another one of them.