These services allow their users to provide information about themselves in a short profile which is either stored in their phones as a dating ID or as a username on the mobile dating site.
They can then search for other IDs online or by calling a certain phone number dictated by the service.
There are obvious synergies between dating apps and nightlife venues.
Indeed, Blinq sees part of its business model as a b2b service selling the ability for venues to encourage Blinq users who are nearby to come inside and have a drink or two on the house by pushing out relevant offers, sweetened with the knowledge that one (or more) of their prior matches happens to be inside.
A former legal affairs reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he is currently a contributor for Fast Company and has also written news and commentary for the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York magazine, and GQ.