Author: David Vermeulen


Sept 20 – Rooftop Party at Santo Domingo – Madrid

Sept 27 – After Dinner Drinks at The Rickey – New York City

Sept 30 – Private dinner party at Rose – Stockholm

Oct 19 – Where the Wild Things Drink – Berlin

Oct 21 – The Ski Week Pre-party at Century – London

March 10 – 17 March – The Ski Week – Austria

Want to attend one or more of these events? Sign up at The Inner Circle and RSVP or buy a ticket on the event page in the app or on the website.


PRESS: The Inner Circle wins Online Dating Brand of the Year award!

The Euro Dating Awards Show was held on the 26th of May 2017 at the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was an unique opportunity to network with journalists, websites, events companies and many more!

We are proud to announce that The Inner Circle has won one award:

*Online Dating Brand of the Year 2017*

Furthermore The Inner Circle got highly commended for: *Dating App of the Year*

Career: Are you a Super Mum keen to join The Inner Circle’s Member Support Team?

Are you a mum who met her other half on The Inner Circle? Are you currently at home with one or more awesome kids and keen to get back on the job market? While maintaining your flexibility with the family?

We have an amazing opportunity for a super mum to join our fast-growing start-up and help us grow even faster and most importantly, help our members find love. And the great thing is, you can do it from home at times that suit your family life.

As part of our Support Team, you’ll be a critical member of our small fast growing team. You will play a key role in the happiness & success of our members thus directly impacting the success of The Inner Circle.

As you found your other half on The Inner Circle, you know that our platform is the best way to find the love of your life.

Your responsibilities :

  • Manage the full range of support activities that includes: onboarding, support, advice and member advocacy.
  • Assist in defining and optimizing our member support service approach.
  • Maintain a high level of customer engagement and satisfaction with a focus on helping every member to have the best experience.
  • You are the first to hear sentiment and to find bottlenecks. Being sharp on tracking issues and coming up with practical solutions is key. Which includes an out of the box quick fix for the member and long term solution input for the team.
  • Align with executive team around key member success metrics and objectives.
  • To be the best mummy in the world for your child(ren).

Your profile: 

  • You are a mum who met her other half on The Inner Circle.
  • Sociable, thoughtful, organised and you get things done.
  • Brilliant English writing skills
  • Experience with customer support / trouble shooting / customer success
  • Eager to be part of a small, but dynamic team.
  • Love putting a smile on a face
  • Bachelors degree

Is this your job? Send us a brief motivation and resume to

PRESS: Elite dating app The Inner Circle is going after ‘Tinder-tired’ people in the US – Business Insider

david-michael-at-summer-polo-cup-2015The Inner Circle, an exclusive dating app that launched in Europe in 2013, is going after “Tinder-tired” singletons in the US.

The app, which vets people’s LinkedIn profiles before letting them use the platform, went live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston this week as it continues its expansion across the US. It launched in New York City last October and signed up 32,000 people within the first three months.

“The US has become our fastest growing market, with New York and Boston leading the way,” Michael Krayenhoff, cofounder of The Inner Circle, told Business Insider. “Now with the launch of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston we expect the US to be our largest market by the end of the year.”

Read full article here..

PRESS: Men’s Health columnist Nichi Hodgson joins The Inner Circle

Nichi Hodgson, a former sex columnist for Men’s Health, has joined dating app The Inner Circle as comms and PR manager.

A former Silicon Valley matchmaker, Hodgson brings eight years’ media experience to the role and will help promote the company’s brand message, while expanding its international reach. Having just published a book on the history of dating, Hodgson said: “I was looking for a role in which read more…


PRESS RELEASE: Matched by Numbers at SXSW 2017

Online dating at SXSW 2017, Austin, Texas

Join other tech-savvy singles for a drink this year at The Inner Circle’s official SXSW Singles Only event, where the exclusive dating app will showcase their new matching algorithm.

At this year’s SXSW conference, selective dating app The Inner Circle will be hosting a singles event on the 14th of March in the heart of Austin, Texas. During this event, singles will be matched based on a pre-calculated profile score. The profile score is an algorithm-based calculation taking into account profession, age, education, social network analysis and facial structure.

Next to the iOS and Android app The Inner Circle also brings online dating to the offline by organising monthly, exclusive singles events in cities like New York, London, Paris, Milan and Stockholm. Visitors of SXSW will be the first to try out this new matching algorithm, which entails matching and connecting people with similar profile scores during a live event. The new algorithm has been tested online and early results already show that it is more accurate and stable in calculating suitable and lasting connections.

David Vermeulen, CEO of The Inner Circle: “We are excited to showcase our new profile score algorithm. SXSW is the perfect opportunity as this is the place where the tech savvy early adopters, in search of the newest trends and gadgets, gather from all around the world to have a good time and make new connections.”

Get your invitation for the Singles Only event at The Inner Circle Stand (Nr. 1317) on the official SXSW Trade Show or online at

PRESS Coverage: Dating Sites like POF that are Free –

An easy to use site designed to encourage users to go on actual dates rather than spend hours chatting online. It also prevents fake photos and photo edits by only permitting selfies. Users indicate their private information, name, surname and date of birth, gender and the place of living. Just a brief description of yourself and a selfie is enough. You will get to know the person in real-life.

The Inner Circle is not for everyone and not everyone can become a member. As the name suggests it’s more for high-end, exclusive members.

Read full article here



EVENT: NYC – The Official Launch – Check out the pictures

The Inner Circle
hosted a sparkling NYC Launch. The bar was filled with 220 singles from the Big Apple, members + press. The cold beers kindly provided by our friends at Warsteiner – “Warsteiner grapefruit and pilsner – the perfect couple”.
The gin was provided by Bobby’s Gin.

Check the pictures here

Read what the press wrote about our launch :
Business Insider
 New York Business Journal

We are looking forward to our next event in New York!

Event: The Box, Soho – London

To spice up the start of September, we invited members of The Inner Circle for a night out at The Box in Soho. This infamous venue, that needs no further introduction, put on an incredible celebration. Blame the bubbles, most members ended up going home well after bed time on a school night.

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PRESS: The Inner Circle Summer Polo Cup – Tatler


Yes, a day at the polo can be quite fun. But shake in a great wallop of singletons and the whole event steps up a notch. Well, that’s what we learnt after The Inner Circle threw its annual Polo Cup at the Ham Polo Club, which saw 500 sexy young things roll up to pretend to watch ponies. Once the victors were crowned, DJ Per Pedersen jumped up on the decks prompting the crowd to start dancing in their seats. And since they’d all been boozing since lunchtime, it wasn’t long before some paired off early…

See photo gallery


EVENT: Summer Polo Cup – London

Dressed to impress, upwards of 500 young professionals came and enjoyed a delicious brunch while witnessing the Summer Polo Cup unfold. The results from the games saw True Nopal take third place against DogBuddy. The Bodos Schloss team proved to be too strong for the La Martina team and won the Inner Circle Polo Cup.

Once the victors were crowned, the party escalated with DJ Per Pedersen on the decks, Chris sharp on the sax and Mirko live on the guitar. Members of dating app The Inner Circle and Alumni Polo guests danced, flirted and celebrated the summer and one of Britain’s most beautiful sports. It was an unforgettable day with an electric atmosphere at the magical HPC, the London Polo Club.

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PRESS: The Inner Circle expands to Berlin – Business Insider

An elite dating app is trying its luck in edgy Berlin

bilogo-uk-white-on-pms7700Edgy Berlin might not seem like the most obvious city for an elite dating app to launch in but that’s exactly where The Inner Circle expanded to last last month
as it looks to appeal to an increasing number of Europeans.

Shortly after the launch, one tech worker in Berlin told Business Insider that they couldn’t see the app taking off in the city.

But The Inner Circle, which vets people’s LinkedIn profiles before letting them onto its app, already boasts several thousand users in the city, according to cofounder Michael Krayenhoff.

“We have 6,000 members in Berlin and are on track to have 20,000 members by the end of October,” said Krayenhoff, who launched the dating platform in London in 2013.”Berlin has been going exceptionally well, especially in the tech startup scene.”

In contrast to more established dating apps like Tinder and Happn, where it’s all about speed and getting through profiles, The Inner Circle allows people to share considerably more information about themselves beyond a short bio. People arrange meetups at high-end venues and they can let overseas members know if they’re planning to visit a particular city in the near future.

Read full article here

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PRESS: The dos and don’ts of approaching someone you fancy – FemaleFirst

v8nQBHn0Founder of Professional dating site The Inner Circle, tells us how to, and how not to approach someone you find attractive

We’ve all been there; you look across the room and there stands possibly the most attractive person you have ever seen, but you dread the thought of approaching them
through fear of rejection.

Comfortingly, these feelings are ones that everyone experiences, and ones that can easily be overcome. David Vermeulen, founder of exclusive dating platform The Inner Circle, has provided us with his top dos and don’ts, to be used when approaching someone you find attractive.

DON’T: Wait for the right moment

There is never going to be a ‘right time’ to approach someone. You will always be able to come up with reasons why not to do it. Furthermore, umming and ahhing about approaching someone will just increase your anxiety. So just bite the bullet and DO IT!

DON’T: Overdo it on the touching.

Why ruin an otherwise wonderful meet, with too many unnecessary hugs. Remember, you don’t know each other. What could you possibly have to hug about?!

DON’T: Use pick up lines.

If a pick up line seems inappropriate, or possibly even offensive when sober, this will still be true after a couple of drinks, and after encouragement from your drunk friends to lead with it. A simple, non rehearsed opening will more than suffice.

Read more here

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PRESS: A chat with Michael Krayenhoff – Blix Magazine

We chat to Michael Krayenhoff, the co-founder of The Inner Circle – a Blixmag-logounique datingplatform connecting ambitious, like-minded people in London and beyond.

Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

The Inner Circle was launched in 2012 by David Vermeulen, Serge Samusya and myself. Before that I’ve worked as a consultant in Singapore and studied MSc in Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway University in London. At The Inner Circle, I focus on a variety of things such as business expansion, events, PR and growth.

What triggered you to launch InnerCircle?

The Inner Circle is the brainchild of our Founder and CEO, David Vermeulen. After his long term relationship came to an end in 2012, he registered for online dating websites for the first time and deleted his accounts shortly after.

The websites and apps didn’t represent what he was truly searching for. As entertaining as it can be to go through endless profiles, swiping left or right aimlessly, the reality was that the majority of profiles and matches were random and unappealing. And this made him realize that it’s the quality of potential matches that matters, not the quantity of users amassed.

Read full article here



PRESS: Zwei Wochen in der Nobeldisco unter den Dating-Apps – WIRED

The Inner Circle ist so etwas wie der Nobelclub unter den
Dating-Plattformen: Rein kommt nur, wer es anwired einem
virtuellen Türsteher vorbeischafft. Nun hat die Plattform
auch in Berlin aufgemacht und unser Autor hat sich gefragt:
Wie sieht das edle Liebesanbahnungsnest von innen aus?

Nobeldisco, das Wort klingt ja schon etwas angeranzt. Ein bisschen wie Saint Tropez. Oder Düsseldorf. Wo es solche Läden gab oder gibt. Doch eigentlich existiert in jeder größeren Stadt mindestens ein Club, der ungefähr zum Wort Nobeldisco passt: Dort, so würde es die jeweilige Lokalzeitung ausdrücken, feiern die Jungen und Schönen und Reichen. Weshalb Leute, die weder jung noch schön noch reich aussehen, nicht reinkommen. Angeblich. Viele Menschen wollen diese Orte aber auch gar nicht betreten, weil sie sich von vorne herein ausgeschlossen fühlen von dem, was man so bessere Kreise nennt. Andererseits: Da will man doch rein. Wenigstens um nachzugucken, wie es da so ist.

Die besseren Kreise: Damit ist man nicht nur buchstäblich bei The Inner Circle. In den vergangenen zwei Jahren hat die Dating-Seite von Amsterdam aus nach und nach in europäischen Metropolen örtliche Netze aufgespannt – mit dem Versprechen, ein exklusiver Club zu sein für Leute, die jemanden finden wollen. Jemand Besonderen. Jungen, Schönen, Reichen. Nach Städten wie Paris und London scheint nun auch Berlin dran zu sein.


EVENT: Summer Cocktails at La Terrace – Stockholm

Stockholm celebrated last Friday with Summer Cocktails at La Terrace. This is the courtyard of speak-easy cocktail bar Fou and knows how to throw a party after work. Keen to join the party? Sign up and and check out our events.

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PRESS: Online search for love breeds new job opportunities – Financial Times

Financial_Times_corporate_logo.svgMatchmaking, photography and content vetting get a boost from dating website.

Love is no longer a case of serendipity — it is big business. From the success of the online dating industry, dominated by the likes of Tinder and, has sprung an array of new jobs: from software engineers to virtual dating assistants. Here is a look at some of those who make a living helping Cupid.

The gatekeeper
Michael Krayenhoff is co-founder of The Inner Circle dating site launched in 2012, aimed at young professionals in Amsterdam, after his friend David Vermeulen, the other founder, had split from his long-term partner.

With colleagues he screens potential members for suitability. “We look at their social networks, their career and education.” This is not elitism, he insists, but ensures there is a mixed community of available young professionals. “There is a 50 per cent rejection rate. But it isn’t the ultimate decision. They might go on the waiting list.”

The 31-year-old met his girlfriend at the same time as starting the company.

“It’s easier to focus on the business of dating if you are not looking for a girlfriend. I get lots of messages every day — it would be harder [to screen members] if I was looking for love.”

Read full article here

EVENT: Habana Nights at Century Club

Right after work members of The Inner Circle enjoyed a sunset with Mojitos, bands and DJ’s on the rooftop of Century Club. The revolution started with a Cuban street party and was topped of with Daiquiri’s & Cubanitos in the cocktail lounge. Habana nights…

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And here is the movie of the night:

PRESS: Podcast met David Vermeulen

downloadDavid Vermeulen: Online Dating en The Inner Circle

In deze aflevering neemt David Vermeulen je mee in de wereld van online dating.
Hij is de oprichter van The Inner Circle, een dating community rondom een exclusieve groep jonge professionals die elkaar ontmoeten in steden als Londen, Milaan, Stockholm en Amsterdam.Dit gezelschap reist internationaal vanwege werk, maar steeds vaker zijn het The Inner Circle evenementen zelf die het hoofddoel van de stedentrip vormen.

In een overvolle online dating markt heeft David het met zijn team voor elkaar gekregen om nu al 100 duizend deelnemers zorgvuldig te screenen en toe te laten, terwijl een even groot aantal nog vol verwachting op de wachtlijst staat.

Luister hier naar de podcast