MoDate: The Mutual Friend You Wish You Had

By: Raquel Leifer  |  May 15, 2022
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By Raquel Leifer, Features Editor

MoDate is an exciting new dating platform geared toward the Modern Orthodox community. Evan Harris (CEO), who was sparked by his own personal relationship quest, and Menachem Losev (CTO), developed their very own dating software designed to make dating more meaningful and accessible. 

MoDate functions as a framework for connectors to help their friends find a potential partner. Anyone can become a connector by simply signing up at Modate.org. MoDate’s approach involves a connector initiating matches for their friends using a specially designed questionnaire geared towards discovering what an individual is searching for in a relationship; both personally and religiously. Once that data has been entered, a specially formulated algorithm attempts to match people based on their responses to the form. 

Connectors are presented with detailed matches for their friends (MoDaters) and must rank the matches on a scale of 1 to 5 depending on how good of a fit they believe the match to be. However, connectors as a default, are unable to see the names and pictures of the potential matches in order to maintain a level of anonymity for the MoDaters. If the match passes the connector threshold and moves onto the MoDater stage, then both MoDaters are able to see each other’s entire profiles and choose whether or not to go on a date.

Evan is confident that MoDate’s use of mutual friends as connectors will expand the likelihood of both successful potential partnerships as well as increase the comfort level of users.

Awareness of the app is growing through what Harris refers to as the “MoVerse,” which includes MoDate’s Instagram page @MoDate613, MoDate’s very own podcast dubbed “The MoPod,” and brand ambassadors in Universities throughout the globe who promote the platform. 

Current Stern MoDate Ambassador Talia Leitner (SCW ‘22) remarked, “What I love about being a MoDate Ambassador is that I get to help others through the dating process. We’re looking for more ambassadors at YU so sign up!”

This innovative approach removes the stigma from typical online dating apps and empowers individuals and their connectors through its hands on, user friendly method.

For more information, check out MoDate at https://www.modate.org.

Photo Credit: MoDate

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