(Source: Dating Love To Know)
Not Sure If Your Crush Likes You Back? There’s An App For That!
Take a second to think about some of the riskiest endeavors you have undertaken in your life.
Have you climbed a mountain? Backpacked in a foreign country? Moved to a new city without knowing anyone? For many, at least one of these is true.
But have you ever asked a crush out without knowing whether or not the feeling was mutual?
Only the boldest have this level of courage.
This is especially true in high school where you probably used friends who were gifted in gossip to pry information in order to learn whether or not you were risking total and utter rejection.
But even then, you weren’t fully protected, because, let’s be honest…your friends couldn’t keep a secret.
Fortunately, high schoolers now have a solution.
Launched appropriately on Valentine’s Day in 2015 by then high-school student and entrepreneur, Sam Lurye, the Kiss app is protecting young hearts by allowing romantics to test the waters without having to put their identity (and social standing) on the line.
Where was the Kiss app when I needed it 10 years ago??
“Not the Tinder for high schoolers”
Kiss replaces questionably trustworthy friends, or middlemen, with an app that helps admirers learn whether or not their crushes like them back in a more secure, risk-free manner.
As long as a student already has their crush’s email or phone number, they can send a “kiss” over – a list of names that includes theirs for the crush to rank.
Admirers can include anywhere between three and seven names on their list but they don’t actually see the results for anyone else but themselves.
Afterward, fate is in the hands of the sender. If it’s good news, he or she can work to build the courage to make the first move. If it’s bad news, the student can move on without having to endure the embarrassment of being rejected.
The vision behind the app?
“Bring old-school romance back into dating,” says Founder Sam Lurye, who was just a teenager at the time of the app’s launch.
Kiss was the first product launched under Lurye’s company, Social Synergy Media, and is currently available for FREE in the app store.
Although originally intended for the high school audience, Lurye has indicated that the app’s service can be helpful to anyone who needs some extra help sourcing information from a crush.
“It’s Basically A Digital Mutual Friend” – Sam Lurye
Chicago native Lurye got the idea for Kiss while participating in Endevvr, a six-week training program in Atlanta for young entrepreneurs.
Lurye texted 10 of his friends during the program to ask what their biggest challenges were at the time. Surprisingly to him, a majority of the answers involved some sort of doubt or question related to how to pursue a crush or romantic interest.
Lurye raised $40k from friends and family to develop what would become the Kiss app and was accepted into the Chicago-based startup accelerator, Catapult, which helped get the product launched.
Outside of the Kiss app, Lurye also founded the Junior Economic Club which provides ambitious and bright students with the opportunity to help solve financial problems in both the public and private sectors.
Lurye was named one of Chicago Inno’s 25 under 25 and is currently studying electrical engineering at Stanford.
This guy is going places.
All You Have To Do Is Ask
The Kiss app was born out of a simple exercise that many of us as entrepreneurs are taught early on to help spark ideas.
Lurye surveyed his friends and found most of them shared a common struggle. He leaned on honest feedback and his tech skills to create an app that perfectly met his personal needs as well as the needs of his friends who represented the target user base.
This Untold story reminds us to explicitly ask our network what problems and struggles they experience on a day-to-day basis. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to build something the world has never seen, chasing the title of “genius” and comparisons to Steve Jobs. But sometimes the best path forward is just to ask and see what you can do to solve real issues, right now.
Fire off a few texts and emails after reading this article and see what ideas are born!