While we live in a society where meeting other people and finding a date can be as easy as swiping left or right on our smartphones, finding ‘the one’ can still be a daunting task. Luckily, Brother Dave Gottesmann (George Washington, 2003) has a new app that looks to solve this issue. Picture this: you’re on the subway and a stranger makes eye contact with you. They smile, but quickly get off at the next stop before you can ask them for their number. What can you do if you miss the opportunity to connect? This is where Brother Gottesmann’s app, Perchance, comes into play. He and his business partner created it so that two people who have an interaction like this will have a second chance at finding one another, as long as both parties have the app installed. When you feel like you’ve shared a moment with someone that was cut short, simply hop on the app and find other Perchance users near the location of the missed connection.
Perchance received fifth place recognition by Product Hunt for best new apps in the country. It also received recognition from one of SharkTank’s original sharks, Kevin Harrington. Perchance looks to enable a mutual attraction between two people after they briefly met, rather than create one from scratch like apps such as Tinder or JSwipe.
“My partner and I had moments where we had met someone and wondered, ‘what if?’ We wanted to be able to connect with them after the first encounter, but there wasn’t an app out there to do that! Now people have that ability. With a few taps of our app you’ll be grabbing a drink with your date tonight.”
For Brother Gottesmann, Perchance is all about organic encounters with other people. “People aren’t getting what they want out of other apps available. They’re swiping and not meeting anyone, but it’s only a short rise in dopamine.” Perchance was released in Miami two months ago and already has more than 1,000 users. The tech team is working to release Perchance to the rest of South Florida and eventually everyone else in the country by 2021. “We’re looking to release in several other cities in Florida this year, more by 2020 and then nationally soon after. Perchance is for any age group.”
Brother Gottesmann found that introducing Perchance to AEPi Brothers at the University of Miami and Florida International University was a huge help to lifting it off the ground. “Their feedback is really helpful. They’re the demographic and they love using it.” He connected well with his Kappa Deuteron chapter Brothers while in college and found passion in never giving up because of their influence. “They taught us to support one another and that if you run into any issues, you can learn from the experience to make it better next time.”
“I was very involved in AEPi when I was in college. I went on Birthright Israel with a lot of Brothers and it was an amazing experience. AEPi broadened my network, both in school, and in every new city I’ve been to,” he said.
He knows a lot of people in younger generations like to speak through text and reconnect that way. “We wanted to stop these ‘what if’ moments, because Perchance lets you go back in time. If your heart skips a beat when meeting someone, you can find the people you missed.” Brother Gottesmann has always enjoyed helping other people and connecting them with one another.
“I want to be a mensch and bring people together. That really resonates with Judaism and some of the core values of our religion.”
To those interested in using the app, Brother Gottesmann suggests just going about your day like normal. If someone catches your eye, go on the map and find them. They chose to start in Miami because of the high concentration of single people. For tech savvy users looking to create their own app someday, he recommends finding mentors, believing in yourself and getting out there!
“Its rewarding to know I have the ability to connect people who would have likely never connected beyond that first encounter. I can change lives with this and it means the world to me. There may be hiccups along the road, but nothing can be perfect and go as planned. I’ve learned to sit back and enjoy the milestones we hit.”
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