The California Gold Rush took place from 1848-1855. Hundreds of thousands of men with names like Cletus Jones and Zebediah Dungaree travelled to the Bay Area from all over the world in search of fortune. The Gold Rush swelled San Francisco from a tiny outpost of 200 people to a boomtown of over 30,000. The name of the San Francsisco 49ers football team is a reference the year the Gold Rush peaked, as well as the men who came to mine for gold. They were literally gold-diggers. San Francsico was built by desperate men and the prostitutes they patronized.
The Silicon Valley era began circa 1972 and has continued until 2014. Hundreds of thousands of men travelled to the Bay Area from all over the world in search of fortune. This second Gold Rush changed San Francisco from a city to a tech industry campus. Instead of mining for gold, they were mining for Bitcoin. This Gold Rush led to a gender imbalance in the city, created a new population of desperate men, ones who were hesitant to openly patronize prostitutes. In this new, technologically advanced era, these desperate souls turned to “crowdfunding” from “the Internet” to bring women to them.
Meanwhile, across the country in New York City, some awful women made a video begging strangers to give them money so they could fly to San Francisco and meet rich single men. These metaphorical gold-diggers are the reincarnations of Cletus Jones and Zebediah Dungaree and the souls of other long-dead 49ers. These sad men and women called this project The Dating Ring, which they hope will raise seed capital (see, they already speak the same language of the tech crowd!) so that all those lonely tech millionaires can connect with beautiful city girls in New York.
The Dating Ring is a terrible idea. Sure there might not be as many women in the Bay Area as there are in the Big Apple, but why should we ship them across country like single women are some sort of natural resource? And why does it run under the assumption that all tech guys are so Asbergers-y that they need some sort of couture dating service to set them up with real live human women? Sure, meeting people can be about supply and demand but really connecting with them can not be an act of commerce (aside from the aforementioned prostitutes). To boil it down to dollars and cents bases how we interact with each other to do so isn’t only dehumanizing, but it’s also bad business.