Nashawaty emphasized that unlike other search engines, which depend on computer coding to vet people, Aste relies on “all human-powered labor.” She calls the unique system a “human algorithm” and said that each investigator is trained to produce the same results.
Despite being primarily human-operated, each report is purely informational and does not offer insights on compatibility.
“We instantly connected, texted incessantly, and became Snapchat friends,” she said.
“We had plans for Monday and it couldn’t come soon enough.” But she’s not the only one who’s had close shaves - a few months ago a friend was set to go out with a Tinder date when she googled him and found out he’d nearly gone to prison for glassing someone in a club two years earlier.
“We like to spend money on feeling protected,” she said.
Julie Nashawaty was a couple of days away from a first date with a man who, according to their online dating profiles, she had a 92 per cent compatibility match with.
Second, we mask the Social Security Number on the reports that we deliver, so that it remains private.For a meetup that may involve only a cheap coffee, the investigation price can seem steep, especially on a limited budget.Nashawaty has wrestled with the issues of cost since the inception of the business.“One of our missions is to create a sense of authenticity and safety to the best of our abilities,” Lee said.She added that some dating apps create fake profiles to lure in new users.While the lack of opinions supplied by the Aste team removes any sphere of romantic influence from clouding results, it also limits expansion of the business.In order to maintain this business, it’s unlikely to see an Aste-linked dating app in the near future.Although Aste may never enter the market of dating apps, certain applications are taking their own measures to ensure dating safety and eliminate the risk of malicious intent or unsavory personal histories.Dragon Fruit, a dating app that claims to be “for geeks by geeks,” is cognizant of the risks of online dating and false information in profiles, but it does not yet have a standardized process for dealing with complaints.Meanwhile, Siren, a Seattle-based app centered around more dynamic dating profiles, is focused on challenging not just case-by-case issues but also the culture of dating apps as a whole.By relying on a daily question to prompt connections, Siren CEO Susie Lee said she believes that eliminating static profiles and stagnant information reduce the risk of discovering that a perceived soulmate is not who they say they are.