The popular dating app, which is similar to Tinder but connects people via mutual friends, today released its “Most Eligible” professionals list across the country broken down by industry.Candidates were selected based on three criteria: We caught up a five Seattleites who made the list and work at places like Microsoft, Amazon.com, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.While most of my friends are transplants like myself, I think we gravitated toward each other because of common interests, not because we couldn’t meet Seattle locals. “Although I technically work for a tech company, I don’t consider myself to be a ‘techie’ in the traditional sense because I’m in a business function and don’t actually build products.I encourage people who truly subscribe to the notion of a Seattle Freeze to melt it themselves by volunteering in the community, joining a sports league, or spending time at a local coffee shop rather than waiting for it to thaw! I’m certainly open to meeting people who are in tech and am more concerned with surrounding myself with people who complement and challenge me over what industry they might be in.While I don’t want to make gross generalizations, I find that some men approach dating in Seattle more passively and informally than I have seen in other metropolitan cities where the lifestyle is more fast-paced in general.” Where are the best places to go on a date in Seattle?“At the beginning of a relationship, I’m more of a traditionalist and like grabbing coffee, a drink, or a bite to eat.If that means dating a techie who loves what they do, then I’m totally open to it.” Has the growth of and other tech companies in Seattle helped or ruined your dating life? Plus, if it’s meant to be, then a little competition doesn’t change anything.” What’s the best way to find a date? “Elegance that comes from how well put together she is — I usually put an effort into my appearance on dates and appreciate it when it is mutual.
Has the growth of and other tech companies in Seattle helped or ruined your dating life?Education: BS, Stern School of Business; Executive Program, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. “Seattle is full of driven people accomplishing great things. “Men in Seattle are pleasantly unique and eccentric. So far, the best part about dating in Seattle has been the exposure to new restaurants, friend groups, and musical talent.” What’s the worst part of dating in Seattle? It’s fairly difficult to date in Seattle, especially if you aren’t from here. “Eye contact, cleanliness, and confidence.” Tell us, in five words, your “ideal” type. In general, Seattle outdoes the craft cocktail, gastropub, and obviously, coffee scene better than most other cities *rap air horn*” Is the Seattle Freeze real? If anything, I feel it’s easier to make friends here than elsewhere — there’s a more laid-back and open-minded approach people have to life here than in other cities that makes getting to know someone initially a lot easier. But seriously — I’ve dated fellow people in tech and non-tech alike, and they’ve all been great. Do you like dating apps, or do you prefer meeting someone in person first? Work: Senior Financial Analyst – Global Sourcing & Supplier Relations – Direct Spend & Commodities Forecasting, Starbucks Coffee Company.