The Short Version: Whether they’re creating the latest edition of an already-cool product or coming up with the next big thing in tech, singles in Silicon Valley can lead fast-paced lives — which means dating often gets put on the backburner.Since 2003, Linx Dating and its Founder Amy Andersen have been addressing the needs of these busy, relationship-minded professionals with a curated, personalized, and intuition-based matchmaking system.From Google to Apple to Lyft to Github, Silicon Valley is known for its juggernaut tech companies and innovative start-ups, so much so that there’s even a popular TV show named after it. Founded by Amy in 2003, Linx, for short, is a curated matchmaking service for those busy, high-profile single professionals in Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area (as well as all over the world) who haven’t been able to find the relationship they want.Silicon Valley is also known for the passionate, hardworking, creative, and dedicated people who work at these businesses — all of which lends well to a successful career but not necessarily a successful dating life. Today, the company is known as “Silicon Valley’s Matchmaker” and Amy its “Cupid.” Amy recently told us about the “aha moment” that started it all, her client-to-client vetting process, the algorithm-less, intuition-based matchmaking, and the personal relationships she builds with the people she helps.“A lot of these people are so focused with their careers that one day they wake up and think ‘Oh my gosh, I need to find my match. The inspiration for Linx came in 2000 while Amy was working in private client services at a tech company in San Francisco but living in Silicon Valley.Whether it was at work, through friends, or just out and about, Amy frequently met men and women who were educated, successful, attractive, and well-rounded, but they were single and didn’t know why.Knowing both areas very well, Amy pinpointed the problem: there were more available men in Silicon Valley than San Fran and more available women in San Fran than Silicon Valley.With their family, friends, and careers being in their respective cities, making the 50-minute car trip to meet someone special wasn’t at the forefront of their minds, Amy explained.
In 2003, once she had all her ducks in a row, she quit her job at Merrill Lynch, launched the company, and never looked back.
“Starting Linx has been one of the best decisions of my life,” she said.
“Facilitating these introductions and serving as a conduit between these two demographics has proven to work really well over the last 12 years that I’ve been doing this.” Amy takes a very hands-on approach with her clients from beginning to end, getting to know each person individually, utilizing their specific wants and needs during the matchmaking, and offering her expert advice all along the way.
At Linx, it all starts with the quality of the clients.
While other matchmaking firms might accept anyone who applies, Linx has an extensive referral-based vetting system that makes their clientele stand out from the rest.