Here’s what the future of dating apps will look like
What started out as a simple right or left swipe to find a possible date has evolved into a series of other possibilities.
For example, a match on Tinder recently turned into a match for a kidney transplant for one woman in need.
According to Huffington Post:
Rich O’Dea, a man from Tampa, Florida, and his match from the dating app, Jennifer Thomas, unexpectedly helped save a life, when the pair found out Thomas was a donor match for O’Dea’s best friend’s wife who needed a kidney transplant, ABC News reported. While out on their first date after being paired on the app, O’Dea shared with Thomas that his friend’s wife, Erika Bragan, had been on the kidney donor list for nearly three years, and just days after the date, Thomas reached out to help.
“There are really people out there who do things for other people,” Erika said, according to the Huffington Post article. “It’s been a blessing and a miracle.”
A business app similar to Tinder for mergers and acquisitions is also up and running. It’s called Axial, and it matches company owners with potential buyers.
According to Fortune:
Axial has arranged about 500 deals this year, most of which have been valued between $5 million and $100 million, much smaller than deals advised on by large Wall Street firms. (Goldman Sachs, for example, advises on deals valued at an average of $5.3 billion.)
“As a private equity firm, we like it and we don’t like it, because it makes the auction process a little more robust,” said a director of business development at Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners, according to the Fortune article.
What other types of goods or services can be delivered via Tinder-like platforms? With one fortuitous organ donation story going viral, maybe some kind of Tinder for people who need organs will emerge. Being able to view the profiles of people who need organs would compel a lot more people to donate organs; the mere knowledge that a lot of people are in need doesn’t exactly inspire. But putting faces on those people would be much more powerful.
And the same kind of concept could help give smaller businesses more advantages and more opportunities to grow.
As dating apps become increasingly interwoven into our lifestyles, it will only become natural for app developers to incorporate that kind of format into all kinds of ideas.
About Luke Harold Luke Harold is a journalist who has written for publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register.