Who are the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in New York City?
Dating app Hinge, the app that introduces you to friends of friends, knows.
Hinge shows users the profiles of single people close by. You can swipe right if you like someone's profile or swipe left if you aren't interested. You'll only see friends of friends and third-degree connections on the app, which adds social credibility to every person you're matched with.
Founded in 2011, Hinge made a huge comeback and rebranded as a mobile app in February 2013. Its active users have grown five times over the past year.
Hinge has made more than 8 million matches, up from 1 million in March of last year, and the service has expanded to more than 20 cities. It's most popular in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.
"Hinge cuts through the randomness of Tinder,” one daily user told The New York Times in March. “I can take some comfort that she knows some of the same people I do.” In July, Hinge raised $4.5 million from investors, bringing its total funding to $8.6 million.
Hinge picked the top 30 men and women in NYC on its app by considering two factors: high "swipe right rates" on their profiles (profile details like appearance, workplace, and education are all taken into account) and influence, or how socially connected they are.
30. Teddy MacKenzie
Work: Underwriter at ACE
Education: University of Denver, Bucknell University
Influence: 504 friends on Hinge
Worst pre-Hinge date: "Taking a girl to a sushi restaurant, but completely forgetting I’d lost my wallet the night before. She had to pay, and it was a pretty hefty bill. Not my best moment."
29. Amanda Usher
Work: Teacher, 12th Grade British Literature
Education: Columbia University
Influence: 417 friends on Hinge
Worst pre-Hinge date story: "Don’t do brunch if you had an engagement the eve before. You may not be as good on your toes, and forget that dates are like an interview. This particular interviewer met me in the Lower East Side, and midway through his eggs Benedict he said, “You know we’ve met before?” I immediately blushed, and wished I’d ordered a mimosa over iced coffee… definitely did not remember him. Wished I’d ordered a mimosa over iced coffee…"
28. Zach Tatge
Work: Associate Producer at ABC News
Education: Keene State
Influence: 356 friends on Hinge
Worst pre-Hinge date: "She never showed up :("