so we thought maybe we could curate this process for these groups of people and turn it into actual dates,” said Mr Tam.
DATING OFFLINEAt Gai Gai - the matchmaking arm of homegrown dating app Paktor that offers both event-based and one-on-one private dates - the mean age of a member is between 30 and 31, said co-founder Alex Tam. In fact, the offline arm was set up two years ago to meet user demands that Paktor - despite its rising popularity - was struggling to meet.“We noticed there were some Paktor users who have not been very successful.
There are those who can’t seem to find a match or convert matches into dates, and there are some who are too busy to swipe through profiles …
They are the ones who want a real person whom they can build a relationship with and are wary of going online,” Ms Hassan said.
The agency, first launched in Singapore 13 years ago and which matchmakes professionals over a meal, also has a concierge-like service that involves Ms Hassan “headhunting” beyond the company’s database for the perfect match.
Instead of coming in with the idea of finding a life partner, come to make friends,” Mr Tam added.