La Fond, who didn’t know anything about professional matchmaking, checked out other dating franchises before deciding to start her own company.
She advertised in magazines, TV, radio and word-of-mouth resulting in a dating machine signing up an average of five people a day.
It works with special algorithms that match users with potential dates. You're both trying to strike a balance between making a good impression and being your authentic self. "You're both aware that you're evaluating each other.Patti La Fond, owner of BBB accredited coaching and matchmaking company Meet Me for Lunch in Anchorage, met her husband, Chuck, at a ‘break-up’ party she and her ex-boyfriend threw when their relationship ended after seven years. La Fond started out as a tour operator and eventually specialized in Alaska tours for single women.She advertised the tours in Alaska Men Magazine as “Experience Alaska and meet Alaskan men along the way.” The themed packaged tours brought groups to Alaska six times a year, visiting Anchorage, Kodiak, Skagway, Fairbanks and Seward. Meet Me for Lunch evolved from these singles tours to a local service where Patti could facilitate introducing single people to each other to create long lasting relationships.And there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U. District Court that claims more than 60 percent of the profiles on are fraudulent -- something spokesman Matthew Traub calls an "unfounded allegation in a money-seeking litigation." Then there is another, perhaps darker, side to the consumer complaints: People reporting that they were bilked out of money by those they connected with through an online dating site.The Better Business Bureau listed online dating sites among its top 10 scams for 2011, and one consumer advocacy group says its members have lost millions from online dating scams.Bumble is a dating app that only allows women to initiate contact in opposite-sex connections; in same-sex connections either party may initiate contact. Since 2012, Tinder has been matching singles based on their social profiles and geographic location. Both users must “swipe right” before being matched and are then able to chat within the app.POF.com, also known as Plenty Of Fish, is an online dating site headquartered in Vancouver.Her subsidiary, Dynamic Dating, is the coaching side of her business which includes in-person sessions and two signature eight-module programs.According to her statistics, there have been 90 plus marriages, with another 52 percent of people in her database in long-term relationships.