I haven’t found love using dating apps

AN IRISH MAN who failed to find love using traditional dating apps managed to meet Cupid after developing his own video dating site.

Frustrated with not being able to show his personality on swiping sites, Paul Numan decided to create Katch – a video dating app that simulates the experience of actually meeting a person.

Paul Numan had a hard time showing his personality while swiping dating apps

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Paul Numan had a hard time showing his personality while swiping dating apps
Paul and Sanja meet thanks to Katch

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Paul and Sanja meet thanks to Katch
Katch is a video dating app that allows users to interact during virtual events

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Katch is a video dating app that allows users to interact during virtual events

That Wexford The 46-year-old native explained: “I’m not an eight or nine out of ten guy when it comes to looks. I’d say I’d be more of a five, a half and a half.

“As I tried to meet women, I found that I would always do better if I could get close to someone. I would make them laugh, I would chat and they would see my personality, etc., and that’s how I’ve always worked.

“Realistically, most dating apps right now are just face smashing. If you look good, you will do well with it dating sitesbut if you’re not that good looking then it’s a bit of an uphill battle for most people.”

Paul also found that the typical swipe dating apps allowed people to easily misrepresent themselves as there was little visual interaction outside of a profile picture.

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He explained, “I went on a date on a dating app years ago. I chatted with a girl for a long time.

“She said let’s meet Wicklow. So I said, ‘Sure, I’m going to Wicklow and I’ll meet you at a bar.’ But when I left, she wasn’t anywhere near what she said she was.

“All of her pictures looked completely different. I wouldn’t have recognized her if she hadn’t just called my name.

“And from that point on, I felt like in this industry, where there’s so much to hide, there’s always something wrong, in terms of size, weight, visual presentation.

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“It’s very easy to lie or misrepresent yourself. So with Katch, I wanted to make sure people were seeing the true reflection of whoever they were talking to.”

Paul launched Katch last year – and the move has paid off for the Wexford man as his new business venture has also helped open up a new opportunity for him love Life.

In mid-August, the startup began hosting free beta testing events for the general public, which is where Paul met Serbian-born Sanja Trbic, 32.

Speaking of the chance encounter, Paul said: “It’s really silly but it was so quick and I was in the middle of test mode when she came into my chat and we were just chatting relaxed and fun – it was so easy and it flowed.”

“I never really gave it a second thought at the time because I was so busy, but after the video interaction I sat back and thought I was on a date — it’s working.”

START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL

The couple’s first date was at the Crown Bar in Wexford. A series of subsequent encounters followed, and the dating phase then developed into a relationship.

Paul, who has been going strong for over seven months, said: “We have so much in common and our outlook on life is the same – I suppose you could say it just clicked.”

Paul said his dating app aims to help people not just look at someone’s face, but try to introduce themselves.

He said: “Dating applications right now focus on just one thing: the face.

“If someone doesn’t like someone’s face, they’re gone — but if they met that person at a party or at a nightclub, they might have looked beyond that, as they see more about the person than just their face.”

VIDEO PROFILES

Dates register with Katch by setting up a video profile, after which they can then interact with other users through the platform.

The app also hosted a number of virtual events, such as live streaming performances by DJs, allowing users to interact in an environment similar to that of a real-world scenario.

The app is free to use, but events are billed to cover the expenses of the entertainers involved – be it a musician, comedian or DJ.

Paul explained: “Everything is video based. Unlike other apps out there that only focus on inviting users to swipe.

“When you register, you’re asked to make a video, so you can’t really hide who you are.

NO FILTERS

“There are no filters. You say a few words and our system then categorizes and verifies you. The person is then profiled in terms of how we can match them with other users.

“We then encourage users from specific fields or specific interests to attend events. We simulate the bar environment online so that at our events musicians create the atmosphere etc.

“So the host welcomes everyone to the event. Everyone makes themselves comfortable and is then introduced to the people in a one-on-one interview.

“And that’s our goal, to create those introductions that then lead to one-on-one video calls with another person that we think fits their personality.”

Blending sessions at events start from around two minutes and if people don’t feel a connection, they can return to the event’s lobby area.

Alternatively, if they like the person, the one-on-one interaction can be extended.

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Paul added, “I think it’s a lot easier for people to start a communication when people don’t just like a person’s physical or visual side, but more with how they feel when they interact with you and watch your video.

“We don’t typically get direct feedback from users saying they’ve met someone and are now in a relationship, but we do get positive feedback from people who are amazed at how easy it is to talk during our events.”

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