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One programmer who donated several hundred dollars to the campaign compared the situation to giving money to a homeless person—implying that it was a demeaning act of pity.He then criticized the online dating scene, saying that he prefers to "use reality" as his platform and began to touch O'Connor.NYMag writer Maureen O'Connor was among 16 women chosen to participate in "Cross Country Love: Help Fly NYC Women to SF." The five-day trip, which was crowdfunded via Crowdtilt, was thrown by Lauren Kay, the founder of dating startup The Dating Ring.
On the third day, O'Connor and the rest of the New York gang headed to a party thrown for the Crowdtilt benefactors."Some of the men at this party are more eccentric than those we received as matches," O'Connor recalls.For some reason, this can only be solved by flying women from New York to San Francisco. Nonetheless, women interested in attending the trip had the option of paying for different packages that include an allotted number of dates, admission to a cocktail party, flight and housing. The dating service was initially launched in New York City, but it expanded to San Fransisco after the startup was accepted into Y Combinator.O'Connor detailed her experience in what at first appeared to be a college-style, five-day sorority retreat.She described bonding with the other ladies on the trip, attending swanky cocktail parties, making new friends, and meeting interesting men.
But things took a slightly darker turn toward the end of her narrative.