In this episode of the Illuminator Podcast, Samantha J interviews Zach Schleien. Zach Schleien is the CEO and Co-founder of Filteroff, a video speed dating and matchmaking company that has been recognized by The New York Times, BBC, and reached #1 on Product Hunt. He began his journey in the online dating industry by launching Top Romp, a dating publication that provided insight into dating hacks and apps for the modern dater. Later, he launched Hinge's subreddit after selling the blog.
After completing his Masters in Information Management from Syracuse University, he joined Johnson & Johnson as a Product Analyst, where he developed online communities for scientific communities, among other responsibilities. He also founded 18 percent, an online mental health community.
Zach started Filter Off to move beyond surface-level profile swiping and enable more profound connections. The platform has facilitated over 350,000 video speed dates, allowing people to connect authentically. The company has secured a $2.4 million investment in November 2021. Zach is passionate about technology, health, and helping people in creating genuine connections. When he's not working, he loves to travel, listen to his favourite podcasts, and workout.
Schleien shares the journey of creating the app, which stemmed from his own dating experiences and his passion for human connection. He also offers his insights about the future of dating apps, the role of video in human connection, and the increasing use of AI in app development. Moreover, Schleien discusses his involvement in mental health initiatives and his commitment to solving meaningful problems through technology.
Be ready with your pen and paper for some value bombs, inspiring insights, dating ideas and tips, including:
00:04 Introduction and Podcast Overview
00:38 Guest Introduction: Zach, Co-founder and CEO of Filter Off
01:56 Zach's Journey and Inspiration Behind Filter Off
04:27 The Evolution and Unique Features of Filter Off
06:41 The Role of AI in Filter Off and Future of Dating Apps
12:45 Zach's Passion for Mental Health Initiatives
13:54 The Future of Human Connection and Dating
18:19 Zach's Entrepreneurial Journey and Lessons
22:06 Zach's Personal Values and Overcoming Shyness
23:30 Success Stories from Filter Off
29:34 Final Thoughts and Advice for Listeners
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