Do you trust your friends to proactively hook you up with someone you should meet?
With Hinge, you donâ€™t have to.
A Facebook application that, in the words of founder and Borderstan resident Justin McLeod, â€śhelps you privately meet dates within your social network.â€ť
McLeodâ€™s inspiration for Hinge came after Facebook friending a girl he thought was a good match for him, and with whom he shared a business school class. He discovered they shared common Facebook friends, none of whom had connected the dots and introduced McLeod and his classmate to each other.
Itâ€™s the use of Facebookâ€™s social graph, the social networkâ€™s web of members, to connect friends of friends for dating thatâ€™s the goal of Hinge.
â€śWe learn your tastes by you rating and answering questions about your current Facebook friends, then we search through your friends of friends to suggest your most compatible matches,â€ť McLeod said.
Hinge isnâ€™t online dating, though. Itâ€™s a game, and you can play whether youâ€™re single or not.
â€śTaken folks can play as matchmakers and help improve their friendsâ€™ matches,â€ť McLeod said.
After graduating from Harvard Business School, and meeting a girl his friends should have introduced him to, McLeod started working on Hinge. He mapped out the app, hired developers to build a prototype, and raised money last winter.
Hinge now has three full-time staff, McLeod, his co-founder Bennett Richardson and a lead engineer, AJ Bonhomme.
â€śWe take our work seriously, but we donâ€™t take ourselves too seriously,â€ť McLeod said.
Team Hinge works out of The Fort, a startup accelerator in downtown DC.
Hinge is a player in DCâ€™s much talked about tech startup scene, a community thatâ€™s more supportive than cutthroat.
â€śEveryone in DC wants everyone else in DC to succeed, and most fellow founders are always ready to do you a favor whenever you need a hand,â€ť McLeod said.
Not much unlike, perhaps, Hinge lending a hand in helping you find a date.