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.
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.
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…
Facebook’s Aron Disco has just been appointed as the new Growth Marketing Manager for dating platform The Inner Circle.
Having previously worked on the Global Marketing Solutions team at Facebook, Disco has now joined The Inner Circle to help expand the app’s international presence.
In his previous role, Disco worked with local startups, as well as larger e-commerce partners, which he says has put him in good stead for the new role.
The founder of The Inner Circle, David Vermeulen, has welcomed Disco to the team, saying: “Aron is just the person we have been looking for, and I have complete faith in his ability to accelerate The Inner Circle’s user base across what is a “Tinder Tired” generation.”
Based in Amsterdam, Disco will be tasked with helping to expand The Inner Circle’s international growth as well as increasing engagement for current members.
The UK referendum and a potential Brexit are now approaching, leaving cities like Berlin, Stockholm and Paris competing to become Europe’s next #1 tech hub. With Amsterdam being in the middle of this ‘battle’, we asked Michael Krayenhoff, co-founder of The Inner Circle, why they launched their dating app in Amsterdam
first and why they opened a second office in London shortly after.
Myself and business partner, David Vermeulen first met at a dinner party in London. David’s long term relationship had just ended and a few days after signing up to an online dating website, he deleted his profile because he was less than impressed.
David spoke of making a dating website, but making it differently. One that was tailored to the lives of like-minded, high-achieving men and women, and that carried out a rigorous screening process in order to eliminate the hassle of sifting through thousands of unreliable and unsuitable profiles. So the next day, David and I met and started working on the concept of The Inner Circle.
Members of The Inner Circle flocked to WM Barker to unwind after work with some incredible cocktails. This speakeasy, located in the heart of the city, proved to be a perfect after work destination. The following morning may have been a little bit slow for some…
In the first of a new On the Up series featuring startups that have successfully made it to the milestone of £1m turnover, Business Advice met founder of exclusive dating platform The Inner Circle, David Vermeulen.
Designed as an invitation-only online dating platform, aimed at ambitious like-minded singletons, The Inner Circle already boasts a 90,000-strong user base across Europe. Vermeulen has made plans to launch the brand in New York later this year.
(1) Who are you and what’s your business?
I’m David and I’m the co-founder and CEO of The Inner Circle – an exclusive dating platform for London’s successful and ambitious single people. I had the basic idea after signing up for a dating site several years ago, and wasn’t impressed with the curation. I found that most platforms attracted too broad a range of people, and I felt there should be one offering “quality” rather than “quantity”.
We launched in 2013 after I created an initial platform, first on desktop and then on a mobile site and app. Having started with a team of three, including my co-founders Serge and Michael, we now have a team of seven.
(2) You’ve recently reached £1m turnover, how much of a milestone is this for the firm?
It’s a good first step, but in our opinion it’s just the beginning. It’s a nice milestone but we are growing rapidly month-by-month and we think we can grow even quicker than we do now. In the last 12 months, The Inner Circle’s London user base has grown from 4,500 members to 35,000 – a 777 per cent growth. Across Europe, we have around 200,000 members, but we’re looking to grow worldwide.
The first European Awards Show was held on the 12th of May 2016 at the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was a unique opportunity to network with journalists, websites, events companies and bloggers.
Everyone talks about falling in love and finding ‘the one’, but how are you supposed to know when it’s happening to you?
Here, founder of dating platform The Inner Circle, David Vermeulen, gives you a tick-list of tell-tale signs that show ‘you’ve got it bad’.
You want them to meet your friends
You have been on a couple of dates, and you start to imagine how great it would be to see your best friends and your date, sharing jokes, banter and generally getting along. This thought subsequently results in a Cheshire cat grin forming across your face: you’ve got it bad.
When you see their name light up on your phone and your stomach flips
We have all been there, waiting by the phone for your date to text back. The elation and stomach flip followed by butterflies when their name appears. The frustration and loud exhale when your phone lights up and it’s your mum just checking in: you’ve got it bad.
Established in 2014, the UK Dating Awards recognise both companies and individuals. This year, the first European Awards show edition will be held in Amsterdam. They not only reward established household names, but also celebrate newcomers to the field. Last year The Inner Circle won the award for “Best London Dating Event”. This year the nominees will again be evaluated on their achievements in Dating Technology, Marketing, Media, Customer Service, Expertise and Entrepreneurship.
We are proud to announce that The Inner Circle has been nominated for 4 awards:
Online Dating Brand of the Year 2016
Dating App of the Year 2016
Dating Entrepreneur of the Year 2016
Innovation within the Dating Industry 2016
Want to know more about other finalists or the European Dating Awards? Read more about it here.
The Inner Circle returned to the Century Club in Soho for another immersive night out. The private members club was turned into the exotic destinations of the spice route. The Rooftop was a Bali style party including palm trees, a China town style club room and a Tokyo sake bar. The Super Tenants band got the hands up in the air and DJ Per Pedersen, Chris Sharp (Sax) and Katie Sharp (violin) closed the night with a euphoric celebration. #singlesparty
Today is the 1st April, which is famously known around the world as April Fools’ Day – the day where up until 12pm, people around the world can get away with pranking each other at no expense. And so, here at GDI, we have been
tracking the April Fools’ antics of some of the most popular online dating services.
Check out the best online dating-related practical jokes of this year below.
The Inner Circle
Exclusive dating platform The Inner Circle also got in on the fun with one of our favourites of the day – creating a pop-up message that appeared when users logged in, telling them the company was deleting accounts as a result of growing too fast, and to try and save their membership they had to select “Paper”, “Scissors” or “Stone”.
After choosing, users were alerted they had made the wrong choice with a message that read: “Your account has been deleted. As a result of our extensive growth in London we are now removing 33% of our members. Sorry to see you go and good luck on Tinder,” before revealing the joke in the next screen.
Those working in E14 are the fifth most likely in the capital to download the technology they hope will spark romance.
Dating app The Inner Circle has seen its membership levels rocket by 700% in the past year – and Canary Wharf is proving to be a “hotspot” for potential romance.
Those working in and around the estate are the fifth most likely in the capital to seek a match using the technology, which founder Michael Krayenoff says is designed to create “a close network of like-minded people.”
After just 12 months, its London-based user levels have soared from 4,500 members to 35,000, signalling a 777% growth.
Canary Wharf workers come hot on the heels of City boys and girls, Mayfair residents and those living in Soho and Shoreditch for the romantic helping hand which hones in on an individual’s education, characteristics and interests.
Michael, 30, denies the membership selection process is “exclusive” and believes demand in E14 is so strong because “it’s our target demographic of people.”
Dating apps to which you have to apply to join promise to end time-wasting mismatches.
New year, new love life. It’s a resolution that hundreds of thousands will make this month and January 2016 is expected to see the highest ever number of sign-ups to dating apps. But this year the apps are going in a new direction – instead of spreading the net as widely as possible, the new ones are all about keeping out “undesirable” people..
One selective dating app already operating in Britain is The Inner Circle, which has 22,000 members and another 24,000 on the waiting list. Even to get on the waiting list you need to be invited by a friend who is already a member.
Its founder, David Vermeulen, explains how it came about: “I was single and on two different dating sites. But I didn’t like the way they were focused on quantity – I wanted to create one focused on quality for like-minded people. In the screening process we look for well-educated, well-travelled professionals. Yes it is controversial, but in my opinion it’s the best way to offer high quality.”
The app will launch in the US this year. “It can look a bit snobbish, but it’s really just a nice community,” adds Vermeulen.
With new dating apps and sites being created faster than we can download them, it can be hard to know where to start. Radhika Sanghani rounds up the best dating options out there.
There’s been a huge rise in apps and websites all designed to help people meet online. Now, no matter what your age or lifestyle, one of the best ways to start dating is simply to create a profile. Even if you used to successfully online date, but have found yourself single again, it can be difficult to know exactly what sites you need to be surfing. It’s why I’ve created this handy guide to the 11 best dating websites and apps available right now. You’re welcome.
This site describes itself as the way to meet ‘the most successful and attractive singles.’ It asks users to fill out their job title and education, and links to Facebook so you can view their social circle. Before you join, the app has to approve you as a member (a slightly daunting process) or you have to be invited. If you want to unlock certain features you either have to pay or invite other to join. A friend who uses it tells me: “It’s good if you’re picky… but there aren’t a lot of people on it.”
Throw down the dumb-bell, put away that pout and for goodness’ sake put on some clothes. Singles in London might think they have the dating game sussed after the explosion in popularity of dating apps such as Tinder but if they want to make it into the Premier League of match-making, they had better up their game and forget posing for selfies.
By Lewis Dean
Fast lifestyles and aspiring careers mean some of the city’s high fliers don’t commit to swiping through hundreds of online profiles in the hope of finding the one – finding love was like window shopping rather than trying it on to see if it fits. It was not until entrepreneur Michael Krayenhoff went to a dinner party with single friend David Vermeulen in 2012 that the pair thought they could play Cupid and make it pay. Three years later, The Inner Circle dating website they created has 75,000 members, with another 100,000 on the waiting list. Waiting list? You read correctly. The Inner Circle is for the attractive and/or inspiring bachelors who want help meeting like-minded people some of London’s trendiest nightspots.
Last Friday The Inner Circle welcomed a lucky few for pre-launch after work drinks at Mr Fogg’s Tavern before it opens to the public next week. More than 80 delicious gin’s from around the world and Mr Fogg’s home brewed ale provided the perfect background for a memorable evening for members.
Are you bored of going to the same old places in London again and again on dates. If so then we have something exciting for you – London Cocktail Week is set to return to the capital for its sixth year next week, commencing on the 5th and running until the 11th. We have created a list of pop-ups guaranteed to provide that one of a kind date!
Running a business can be a lonely experience, even if you’re successful.
Thankfully, David Vermeulen, CEO of dating app The Inner Circle, shares his top 5 tips for entrepreneurs to find love amidst a busy schedule.
After a long relationship, I decided to try online dating, I registered for two sites and thought that not only the quality of people, but also the design and user experience was disappointing. I decided that this could be done better, and started to build a dating platform with a focus on the highest quality.
The key for entrepreneurs to find love has to do with work-life balance in general. The ethos of The Inner Circle is that we know how time is so precious so and making sure we use that occasional chance to unwind effectively is key to overall success.
The motivation behind The Inner Circle came from my own personal experience. I wanted to begin dating people that I had something in common with; being an entrepreneur it’s difficult to find another person who has the same workload so to streamline your search within a likeminded community is crucial.