Of the 5,000 Houstonians who have profiles, 2,000 were activated and 3,000 waitlisted.
It's all a part of the exclusive appeal Bradford has created.
Some guests arrived dressed the part of the young professional, while a few opted for the first-date look.
But everyone there held out hope that a different approach to online matching would yield different results than their internet dates have produced so far.
more The League, which debuted in New York City and San Francisco in 2015, is designed to match the well-educated professional or all-around impressive single looking for their other half and it went live in Houston, Austin and Dallas last Tuesday.
more Austin native and Stanford University graduate Amanda Bradford has poked the nest of the online-dating world just as it started to fall into a predictable pattern of a hot-or-not swipe game by bringing her upscale brand of match-making that she calls "playing in the big leagues" to Houston.
The League, which debuted in New York City and San Francisco in 2015, is designed to match the well-educated professional or all-around impressive single looking for their other half and it went live in Houston, Austin and Dallas Tuesday.
Nearly 400 of the city's most accomplished and ambitious bachelors and bachelorettes showed up at the Rosemont Bar on Westheimer the week before the site's launch to attend an invite-only, roof-top party to celebrate its debut into the Bayou City – but not all of those with profiles in place will get to start the online flirting right away.
But the romantic-hopefuls at this party were curated to help grow the online community Bradford hopes will foster friendships based on interests and life-style as well as intimate relationships; the anti-Tinder is the underlying branding message. Houston comes in at number 11, with Austin at 10 and Dallas at 12.
The League threw their Austin party a few days before the Houston event and drew about 300 single Austinites.
Other cities where The League is live, or soon to be, include Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Miami. Census survey called "The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975-2016" said, "Most of today's Americans believe that educational and economic accomplishments are extremely important milestones of adulthood.
The selection process for those who want to join the site is similar to a college or university, said Bradford, her long, wavy blonde hair matted in the sticky heat as she mingled among her guests with drink tickets in hand for those who played the ice-breaking game that forced singles to approach someone and ask if they held a match to one of the cards handed to them at the door. adults reported to have used a mobile dating app or online site, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center finding, a little pre-screening for the busy dater may be in order.
Unlike the old-fashioned parlor game at the party, the app uses sophisticated algorithms to match daters. We look for ambition and drive." But that tactic has caused some to label The League as elitist, a charge she has refuted with her own description of it as, "a community for high-achieving singles." She says that people are frustrated with sites like Tinder because the onboarding process is so quick with virtually no vetting that it has become known as the hook-up site (her Twitter posts often end with the #getmeofftinder). More than one female guest at the at the roof-top launch expressed their hope that because the site will filter for ambitious and high-acheivig men, they'll also be more likely to be looking for a serious relationship.