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You're a Match! Saving Lives One Date at at Time

You’re a Match is a website & mobile app allowing users to upload fact-based documents to alert others in the online dating community.

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Project Description

Dating is risky business!

     Have you ever met someone in person from an online dating website only to discover he or she greatly misrepresented their age, weight, marital status, or—even worse—hid a criminal or sexual background? Forming new friendships presents personal, financial, and health risks like we’ve never before seen in history!

     If you’re a survivor who has been injured or scammed, we need your help to expose these criminals and help protect others! They hide behind a cloak of secrecy and anonymity today—and neither law enforcement agencies nor online research websites provide us the information we need to identify the dating criminals amongst us! 

Daters beware

     Until now, there have been virtually NO safeguards in place to protect daters. We were shocked to learn NONE of the top 10 paid research websites list restraining, stalking or protective orders as part of their criminal background checks! Nor do they accurately report marriages and divorces, as most states don’t report that information to them. Governmental agencies (including the military) are notorious for denying public access to police records. Even the Freedom of Information Act limits the kinds of information that can be requested, exempting “law enforcement information and records.”

“We, the people” have to act!

     We believe it is vital to the safety of the nearly 55 million Americans engaging in online dating today to establish a single resource to provide information about our partners’ criminal and marital history to enable us all to make educated choices about dating relationships … and take steps to protect ourselves from harm.    

     You’re A Match is creating the first-ever, interactive background research website that allows survivors everywhere to participate in self-policing Internet dating sites. Survivors from all over the country can now download legal documents such as police reports, criminal complaints, arrest records, convictions, lawsuits, depositions, transcripts, court orders, judgments, and public records relating to sexual assaults, workplace sexual harassment, domestic violence, and romance scams. We will combine the records and create a comprehensive, digital profile of each individual and make the documents searchable by name(s), facial recognition and criminal activities to registered users. 

     By creating a web application that combines the power of technology and user input, we will revolutionize online dating. We will save lives, make dating safer and more enjoyable, and forge systemic changes in how individuals converse with each other and in our government’s role to better protect us from dating violence.

We invite you to become a part of this journey

Together, we can make a difference!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • There are 54.4 million single people in the US.  
  • In 2019, 39% of American couples met online.
  • 20% of current, committed relationships began online.  
  • The top 10 dating apps in the US saw $679 million in gross revenues between 2018 to early 2019.
  • 49.7 million people in the US have tried online dating totaling over $3 billion in industry revenue.  
  • 50% of all singles in one study said honesty is the most important attribute to consider when deciding whom to date.  
  • Americans lost $143 million in online romance scams in 2018.  It’s the #1 reported fraud according to the Federal Trade Commission. 

Sources: https://www.datingsitesreviews.com/staticpages/index.php?page=Online-Dating-Industry-Facts-Statistics

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/online-romance-scams-losses-trnd/index.html

 

THE PROBLEM?

People can find out more about their dog sitter from online mobile apps than they do about the man or woman they go out with from an online dating site.  

  1. There are no credible resources for people to verify who they are on a date with.
  2. Dating sites are boasting that they are “verifying their users”; however, they are only verifying the person LOOKS like their photo or that they use Facebook.  They are NOT verifying their name against any form of government identification.  
  3. Sites that allow users to run background searches are expensive. You have to know the person’s real name and other information to find accurate information.  The information displayed doesn’t necessarily help you make any decisions on whether you want to date the person or not.
  4. Other sites are allowing people to post anonymously without any fact to back up their claims.  In addition, the information once placed on the internet will not come off no matter if it’s true or not.
  5. There are people who are dating in multiple states with multiple as restraining, dating and stalking orders, etc. and no way for a person to know prior to going out with them.
  6. Civil crimes or lawsuits would not show on any background search.
  7. Many states and counties do not share information when it comes to restraining orders, stalking, dating or domestic violence, etc.
  8. Law enforcement does not have the resources to effectively address the magnitude of this issue.

 

THE SOLUTION?

  1. Create a FREE searchable database where men and women can anonymously upload “facts/documents” about people they meet.  A “CARFAX” report but for people.
  2. Our site will not allow commentary- only verifiable facts such as police reports, restraining orders, convictions, etc.  It’s about education, not vindication.  While the user creating the profile may be anonymous, our site will verify their identity using the latest technology to hopefully deter false accusations and documents.  Cooperation with law enforcement will be an absolute.
  3. Men and women can “self-verify” on our site prior to online dating. By creating their own profile and letting You’re a Match verify their identity- NOT just that they match their online photos, they can add credibility to their dating profile and give their potential dates peace of mind.
  4. As multiple people add new information, the site will begin to “link” information like addresses, photos, names, etc. to build a dating profile for others to search.
  5. The site will be a user interface website and mobile application like Wikipedia, Gas Buddy, UBER, AirBNB, Rover, Waze, etc.
  6. Using the latest technology, our web and mobile applications can build profiles based on multiple entries thereby not allowing people to move undetected from state-to-state committing civil and criminal activities.
  7. Men and women who have “Me Too” or Romance Scam stories can upload their documents to back their claims and finally get the closure they’ve been looking for.

 

OUR TARGET MARKET/AUDIENCE:

  1. Anyone in the dating community 
  2. People using online dating applications (single, separated and divorced individuals)
  3. Friends/family members of people who are looking for more information on who their friend/child is dating or who have information on someone (like stalking) they would like to upload to a profile.  The information posted could save a life.

 

THE INDUSTRY:

There are over 2,000 dating sites now available in North America. The online dating universe is enormous and the potential of securing a larger then average market share is exciting due to the uniqueness of our product/service.  The dating industry has steadily grown and at of the end of 2018 is worth $3 billion in revenue.  The top 10 dating apps in the US saw $679 million in gross revenue between the beginnings of 2018 to early 2019.  The online dating market is projected to grow to $12 billion by 2020. 

 

MEET THE FOUNDERS:

The Founders of You're a Match, Wendy Blake and Marni Sawicki

Wendy Blake

A successful entrepreneur, she has over 25 years experience owning businesses in a variety of industries.  Her expertise specifically is in start-up operations.  She’s owned her own motel, large custom sewing retail store to property investment.  Wendy understands the complicated red tape of getting a business off the ground.  She is also a licensed Realtor and property manager. As a mother two, grandmother of three, she is a champion and advocate for crimes against women and much other social injustice causes.

Marni Sawicki, Former Mayor of Cape Coral, FL and co-founder of You're a Match.

Marni Sawicki

In a career spanning over 25 years, Marni has worked in both the private and public sector.   Serving many years in senior management roles at companies like State Farm Insurance Companies and National Interstate Corporation, Marni developed and implemented cutting edge multi-state programs that saved millions over the years.  With a Master’s degree in business, Marni was the Vice President of Marketing before being elected in 2013, as Cape Coral, FL’s first woman mayor. She served the state’s 8th largest city for 4-years (2013- 2017).  In 2015, she was awarded the “Elected Women of Excellence Award” from the National Foundation of Women Legislators (NFWL) and received two Home Rule Hero Awards through the Florida League of Cities for her work advocating on behalf of her city.   She was also awarded the "Ally for Equality" award from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2014.  Through personal experience, she is a strong advocate for transparency and education on dating safety.

WE NEED YOUR STORIES!  

We need YOUR stories!  Please go to www.Youreamatch.com, create an account, and upload your documents that tell your story.  We can't go LIVE without them.

 

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED:

PHASE I 

Phase I is to gather the information for profiles.  Without a fairly robust database the application won’t be successful.  We need to be able to promote the idea and request people create their account, upload documents and create the profiles of people.  Phase I is not an outward facing platform until our database is built so people will not be able to search it until the site has the necessary technology in place to verify identities, documents, etc.

Start-up Must Haves

  • Website and Mobile Application Design
  • Web Hosting
  • Document Storage
  • Technology:  Verification Software, Facial Recognition, etc.
  • Attorney and Accountant Fees
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Insurance

PHASE II ROLL OUT

In Phase II, we will have the money that was raised in Phase I to move forward.  It’s about accountability and connectivity.  The more people we can connect who share the same experiences will ultimately consolidate profiles into a single identity.  Basically, we are combining everything a background search will give you WITH user input to complete the story.  A person may be using several different names but with the same picture.  As each user uploads their documents (facts), technology such as facial recognition, etc. will connect profiles that would have never been connected before ultimately, removing all barriers like state, city, country, etc.  The application will be powerful and a game-changer for anyone who is actively dating.

To keep it lighthearted, our Rewards are meant to raise awareness, money, and as an added benefit to make you smile. SHARE IT WITH A FRIEND who could use a little levity in their Life!

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Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Are your rewards "for real"?  Yes, they are!  Figuratively and literally.  They are designed to be fun and lighthearted.
  • Are there any other interactive sites that allow survivors to post factual documents in an effort to prevent someone from having the same experience?  No!  That's why we need your support to make this happen and save lives.
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$1000 donation is for the serious supporter that has their own story to tell and can’t resist the opportunity to help Marni and Wendy forge systemic change within our nation and communities all over the globe. It’s time to build an army and you understand that information is the most powerful weapon at our disposal. Time to make it happen Captain. You will receive rewards galore.

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For a $5000 donation this gift will land Wendy and Marni on your doorstep armed with all of the knowledge and wisdom we accumulated over the last 5 decades. We would love to come and speak to your groups and at any event that we might be able to make a lasting and unforgettable impression on how all of us have the ability to change the world one download at a time.   

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A $25 gift will get you an amazing tote signed and designed by the founders of You’re a Match…………… And in our tradition of giving, giving and giving we will reward you with a free membership and a free month of unlimited downloads on our site after we go live.

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$1000 donation is for the serious supporter that has their own story to tell and can’t resist the opportunity to help Marni and Wendy forge systemic change within our nation and communities all over the globe. It’s time to build an army and you understand that information is the most powerful weapon at our disposal. Time to make it happen Captain. You will receive rewards galore.

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Personal Foot Reflexology

A $2,500 donation will get you a tag team foot massage with Wendy and Marni on Englewood Beach, FL and a guaranteed “Unhappy Ending”.  We will capture this once in a lifetime experience with a state-art-the-art thermo energy drone so you can relive the adventure over and over again!  Comes complete with your own You’re a Match beach blanket and Yeti cooler! Transportation provided by camel or UBER (Ok...we may have to negotiate the transportation part).

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For a $5000 donation this gift will land Wendy and Marni on your doorstep armed with all of the knowledge and wisdom we accumulated over the last 5 decades. We would love to come and speak to your groups and at any event that we might be able to make a lasting and unforgettable impression on how all of us have the ability to change the world one download at a time.   

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