Who doesn’t like coffee and bagels? In case you don’t know, Coffee Meets Bagel is a free dating app that allows women to choose men who have already liked them first. Tech Crunch reported that CMB has generated more than a billion introductions, and at least 50,000 couples have met through its service. ABC News also stated that CMB are generating more than 20,000 relationships including 200 marriages as a result of matches through their app.
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CMB was founded in 2012 by three sisters, Arum, Dawoon, and Soo Kang, and has raised over $11 million in funding. In 2015 the Kang sisters rejected $30 million offer from Shark Tank host Marc Cuban. It was not a regrettable choice since CMB is viewed as potentially bigger than Match.com with $800 million revenue.
CMB’s algorithm reveals only 21 quality matches, known as “bagels,” for guys every day at noon. They can either “Like” or “Pass.” Then, it is the girls’ turn to choose their best potential dates that have already expressed their interest. Users have 24 hours to Yes, the women will make the final call. Many agreed that CMB is a feminist-dating app, since there are no more “guessing games” for ladies.
Once you are connected, a private chat room will be open for seven days, so users must exchange numbers pre-disappearance. This is the time to see your connection before your “not-so-blind” date. At day six, CMB will send you a reminder that the line is closing. The app has a clean design and has less glitch than Tinder. It is also easy to navigate.
This week, Tinder just launched “smart photos,” a feature that will automatically pick your best profile picture so you are more likely to get matches. But Tinder was not the first app to have done this. CMB already launched “photo lab” earlier this year.
Of course it is not easy to compete with Tinder, which is already used by more than 50 million people, and has been downloaded at least 100 million times. Unlike Tinder, which 58 percent of its users are male, CMB has a majority of female users. This is also good for guys since they will have more choices.
Since CMB is a San Francisco based app, I decided to give it a try. Well, I was also hooked by CMB’s Instagram promo, claiming that this app gives you the key to finding your potential “love,” not just “hookups.”
So far, I’ve met two guys last weekend. Are they good people? Yes, I enjoyed our conversations. Will I date them? No. No matter how advance the matchmaking system is, we only can know whether there is connection or not after we meet in real life.
Here is my honest review of Coffee Meets Bagel based on my personal experience after using it for one week. See also the info-graphic below to observe the comparison between CMB and Tinder.
Overal Rating 4/5
Quality of members 5/5
Dating potential 3/5
* Please see below of the rating system
Let's start with cons, since we always want to know right away what is wrong.
Remember, CMB is not Tinder. If you press “Like” for everyone then you defeat the purpose of this app. The app encourages users to take things slow and consider each match, since CMB is trying to curate more exclusive matches for you.
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* Rating system:
1 = Poor
2 = Fair
3 = Good
4 = Very Good
5 = Excellent