The Business Of Being Awesome

For the last few months now, I’ve been working with a great team of classmates at MIT Sloan on a podcast called The Business of Being Awesome. Erica and Lily started the podcast last year, and after being featured on episode 8 (below) of the first season, I wanted to be more involved.

I’ve been helping with strategy for the podcast, and then miscellaneous marketing efforts. It’s been a really fun team to be involved with, I’ve gotten some good press, and I even got to write a fun blog post about online dating. I’ve stolen the copy of this from the website, and put it below.

A love affair with online dating

I would deem 2011 the year “Kate Dates.” I went on at least 40 dates that year, purely for the enjoyment. There is something about finding someone who at the very least agrees with you on some political issues and probably a lot more. My website of choice was OkCupid. I chose it because it was free and I was still in college; I kept going back because I loved it.

My profile was amazing, and I took good care of it. Anytime that year I went to a new, good movie, it was instantly added to my “favorites” list. Granted, it probably wouldn’t make my top 10 cut long-term, but I liked to stay relevant.

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Not all my dates were good. I remember one guy who intrigued me because he was in medical school. He was seriously the worst of them all.

One guy confided in me that he had been married while on our third date… this didn’t sit well with me. Been there, done that.

Another guy really liked playing games and we had fun going to the Chatterbox in Saint Paul, where with food and drinks you could play any game (including video!) that you wanted. When he leaned in for that kiss though, I felt more like he was my brother and knew that was the end.

There is one date in particular that sticks out in my mind. I went out with this guy because he liked math and basically said he was a math professor “I work for the math department at the University of Minnesota.” You’d think that by date number 36 I’d be a little jaded, and maybe I was, but I still loved getting to know someone new. On the date, it was clear this guy was looking for something serious. Bless his heart, but I felt bad telling him “I’m just here to have fun, nothing serious…” Needless to say, it was one of the most enjoyable dates I had been on and I was looking forward to another.

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The next day, I went to Colorado where, lo and behold, OkCupid also has a presence. I quickly updated my location so I could meet a guy or two while the friend I was staying with had to work. This was the first time I met an actual married man, who was actually in an open relationship. It was interesting from an interview perspective: I had tons of questions about logistics, trust, intimacy, and the fact that they had children together. His wife’s boyfriend was around the house a lot and had met their children – this was a bit too much for me, but was definitely an eye-opening conversation.

Today, I’m engaged to the math professor [not a math professor] and couldn’t be happier. Yet, because of our relationship (rather than in spite of), I still love exploring the world of online dating.

Last year, I took a course titled Analytics Edge at MIT where, get this, we explored how analytics can give companies a competitive edge. One of the companies we did a case study on was eHarmony. We also discussed other social networks, specifically Hinge and how it leverages your existing network to connect you with 3rd degree connections. So fascinating!

Of course, I had to create a profile on Hinge, just to see how it worked. I remember the text I sent to Joe:

Me: “Hey, I joined Hinge fyi… #research”

I would hate for a coworker of his to stumble upon my profile and mention it to him and have him not know about it. We are all about communication.

This past weekend, his little sister was in town. She is currently single, and to be honest, I haven’t approved of her former boyfriends either. Wanting her to find a good match, I suggested we create her a profile. I chose Tinder, probably just because that’s what I think the kids are into these days. We also did Coffee Meets Bagel, so give me some credit.

Another friend of mine is also looking to find someone (coincidentally, it is the friend I visited in Colorado!). I’ve consulted with him on his dating profile, and am still trying to convince him to give me full rains. Think about it: if I had access to his account and his calendar, I could literally schedule dates I felt were a good match. I would obviously send him notes on our conversations beforehand, so he wouldn’t be caught off guard on something. The other side of me cringes at the idea of a relationship being founded on lies though… so I haven’t actually done this.

If anyone out there wants a consultant to help them with their online dating, I am your woman. I won’t actually independently chat with them, nor meet them for a first date, but other than that, count me it.

Originally posted on The Business of Being Awesome on April 1, 2016.

A Recap and a Proposition

A couple weekends ago (I know, this is a terribly late recap) I went to the Minnesota Bloggers Conference. I only found out about it last minute and managed to weasel my way in. It was a really great experience. First, it forced me to break out of my relationship-shell and randomly approach people again. I haven’t been in situations to do that lately, and I think I’ve become a little too dependent on Joe for the constant companionship. And: I met some really great people; people that probably work with Joe, people that I may have connections with through rugby (I played at Macalester), and people who I’ve been following on twitter since I started (which isn’t saying much because its only been about a month).

Second, the conference sparked my new love affair with twitter. Before that, I would read it to catch up on news, follow technology trends, and get into the minds of start up entrepreneurs. So how did the conference get me going on twitter? Well, everyone else was doing it. The official hashtag was #MNBlogCon and tweeting during presentations was encouraged. My ADHD ate that shit up – a method to stay engaged while still staying busy? Awesome. It was also a way to connect to the many awesome people I met there.

Third, I ran into Twins Geek (John), probably because he knew I was going to be there. No, he’s actually a completely legit sports blogger that I have been non-intentionally stalking over the last year. Ever since the infamous eve of Joe’s birthday present, we have run into Aaron Gleeman and/or John and his wife a good handful of times: happy hours, fundraising events, etc. Because we ran into each other, I got a good call-out on their podcast from the next day: listen to the 57 minute mark.

Fourth, I found a new obsession: podcasting. The last session at the conference was all about the ins and outs of podcasting: how to start, what to talk about, schedule, etc. I sat next to John for this part, so I got an even better perspective from his insights. I left there thinking “oh my god, Joe and I have to start a podcast.” I brought the idea up to him as soon as I got home. I thought we could discuss movies, and I even proposed the name #officialcouple talk: movies. This way, if we ever wanted to talk about something else, we could just change the end. Let’s just say, Joe was a little less than excited, possibly on the line of apprehensive. He didn’t know if we would have enough to talk about, he thought he might be weird on the air (having it feel staged), and frankly doesn’t have enough time. To give him a spark of encouragement though, I reached out to Aaron when he did his weekly call out for mailbag questions. My question to Gleeman. Gleeman and the Geek answering said question: 1 hour 24 minute mark.

Turns out, I’m not the only person that is considering doing a movie podcast (which conveniently is the theme of this blog). Aaron Gleeman also has an interest in a movie/tv show podcast. Do you see where I am going with this? Yes, Aaron, this is a more public proposition than Joe’s birthday surprise. But just think about it. How awesome would it be? Joe will tell you that I have a unique taste in movies – that I’m impossible to figure out. He also suggested that you and I wouldn’t do well with a podcast because all your fans would hate me and my harsh stances on characters, themes, etc. I don’t like gushy crap (I refuse to watch The Notebook), I prefer action to plot (but need plot with my action), I don’t like stupid funny – it just pisses me off and makes me feel sad about our society, and I prefer to know (or rather, demand to know) if a main character is going to die before I watch a movie.

Why the hell would you want to do a podcast with me then? Because I would bring spice to the relationship Aaron, spice. I’m not a silly sports nut, like some of the people you may know. I cater to a slightly different demographic, and at least you wouldn’t be the hated one with ridiculous movie preferences. I’d be the diabolical antagonist and you would be loved by all. Eh? Eh? No need to answer now… but think on it ;)