Cross-Country Love: Help Fly NYC Women to SF

with The Dating Ring
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Tilted at [?] $10,000
Target at $50,000
Campaign Description

Hey Internet,

Here's the deal. Through running The Dating Ring, we've met thousands of amazing, beautiful, smart, super datable people in NYC and SF and we realized there was a really silly problem:

There are tons more single women in NYC, and tons more single men in SF. And, see, the two cities are only separated by a bunch of crappy airports, flight delays, and cheap roundtrip flights.

So, we started joking about doing some cross country matchmaking. And you know what they say - make a joke 12 times and it becomes a Crowdtilt. (Note: We also launched a reverse Crowdtilt to fund a trip to send SF men to NY: - check it out!)

So, America, let's make this happen:

Donation Amounts:

All funds collected (excluding direct purchase of the $500 flight or $1,000 flight and hotel) will go toward sponsoring free trips for additional NYC women.

NYC Women:

These amounts can be donated directly, or can be totaled based on donations from your friends and family. If donating to fund someone else's trip, please leave a comment on the campaign to let us know whose trip you are funding.

  • $20: Each $20 you fund (or that a friend or family donates in support of your trip) earns you 1 chance to be selected to win a free flight to SF for this trip. You can donate as many times as you'd like!
  • $500: Flight to SF (5/22 - 5/26) + 3 dates + private cocktail party + large SF bash in celebration of you
  • $1,000: Flight to SF + housing (5/22 - 5/26) + 3 dates + private cocktail party + large SF bash in celebration of you
  • $1,250: 3 30-minute matchmaking and date coaching Skype sessions with a Dating Ring matchmaker + flight to SF + housing (5/22 - 5/26) + 3 dates + private cocktail party + large SF bash in celebration of you
Bay Area Contributors (women and men):
  • $20: Ticket to SF Memorial Day bash on Sat. 5/24
  • $100: Ticket to private Dating Ring Memorial Day cocktail party + bash on Sat. 5/24
  • $350: 3 30-minute matchmaking and date coaching Skype sessions with a Dating Ring matchmaker + ticket to private Dating Ring Memorial Day cocktail party + bash on Sat. 5/24

If this Crowdtilt gets funded, we will:
    • Fly a plane-full [or, well, part of a plane-full] of amazing, datable women from NYC to SF over Memorial Day weekend, from Thursday 5/22 - Monday 5/26
    • Plan some carefully selected, matchmaker-curated dates between NYC women and SF men
    • Throw a private cocktail party followed by a huge Memorial Day bash on Sat. 5/24 in honor of the women who flew cross country for love
    • And re-define the notion of love itself

I know it sounds crazy, but so do the plots of most modern day romcoms and guess what happens at the end of those? Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling fall madly in love. Each. And. Every. Time. Because crazy things make people fall in love. There's even real research about this, we swear.

So, please help us fund this cross-country love excursion.

Lauren, Emma & Katie (The Dating Ring ladies)


Q: Who is eligible for a flight to SF?
A: Any NYC women looking to be set up with men ages 21-40 in SF. If you purchase or win a flight and are not yet a member of The Dating Ring, we will schedule a time for you to meet with one of our matchmakers (free of charge) before the trip.

Q: This is the best thing ever and I just want to donate. Can I do that?
A: You're the best thing ever! Surely - additional donations will go toward funding flights for additional women to SF.

Q: I want to donate lots of money but don't want anyone to know I have lots of money because then they'll ask me for it all of the time.
A: No worries! The amount you donate won't be displayed.

Q: Can I bring a friend on the trip?
A: Of course - that's what Crowdtilt's all about! Just make sure they have funded a ticket too. Or, be an American hero and fund a ticket for your friend.

Q: But what about after? Like, if two people have a great date … then what?
A: Great question! They can fill their next few months with romantic Skype dates, text messages, and cross country trips, and perhaps even one day have an epic thumb war to determine where they settle down with two kids and a dog.

Q: This is a crazy idea. You're insane.
A: That's not a question, but you're probably right.

Q: I want to go on this trip but I only have $20.
A: That's the genius of Crowdtilt! If you donate even $20, you get a chance to win a free ticket. The more people who fund, the more free tickets we get to give away. It's like a real live Christmas miracle.

Q: Is The Dating Ring actually a real company?
A: Yea, we swear we're real and we have an EIN and all of that. We're Y Combinator W'14 and we've launched in NYC & SF (and soon Boston & LA). We do away with online profiles and messages and wasting time online. Instead, we meet all of our members in person and curate fun dates, parties, and experiences (like this campaign) for our members.

Q: Still not convinced. Do you have a super long and informative blog post with more reasons on why you're doing this?
A: For you, anything!
Lauren KayThe weekend is finally upon us! We flew over 16 women who just landed. You can buy tickets to Saturday's party here:

You're already on the list if you donated $20. If you donated $100+ you're on the list for the private party at Skylark at 7.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen!!
10 months ago
Lauren KayWe were going to wait a week to launch the reverse campaign, but due to popular demand, we launched it today! SF men, time to crowdfund a trip to NYC!:
a year ago
Lauren KayJust kidding! Looks like payment still hasn't been fixed :) Working on it with the amazing Crowdtilt team; sorry for the delay everyone!
a year ago
Lauren KayPayments working again - donate away my lovelies!
a year ago
Lauren KayAck - tons of people have tried to donate, but Crowdtilt payments seem to have been down since shortly after we launched. I'll post an update as soon as that is fixed!
a year ago
Lauren KayOne free ticket up for grabs already, if this tilts!! And only one NYC lady so far in the running to win it...
a year ago