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She remembers, “Walking down the street, seeing the sign outside, and thinking, ‘That's a really cool building!I like that.’” And it wasn’t long before the start-up had re-located to Southwark and Charlotte had started working from the co-working space three days a week.There is also talk of increasing the age focus, with a range of events spanning different age groups, and thought has also turned to entering into the LGBTQI market.The Print Rooms Much like a majority of newly fledged start-ups, My Friend Charlie has, in the words of its director, been “paddling against the current” with the hope of being taken up by a wave at some point.Gone are the days of frivolous online exchanges and disappointing hookups, face-to-face interactions are being placed above a swipe of a finger. Online dating can be enjoyable and exciting, as it’s designed to be a low-pressure environment to have conversations with new people and find someone you share a lot in common with."It's something I've been thinking about for a couple of years now," says Charlotte, who decided to take a leap of faith and launch the dating start-up with a friend in January this year, before taking full rein of the business shortly after."I don't want to tell my grandkids that I was sat on a Sunday night with a glass of red wine flicking through Bumble. It's very superficial; it's very transactional." Unlike most dating platforms nowadays, My Friend Charlie is not an app.

If you’re messaging someone and it’s difficult to make conversation, that’s usually a sign that you lack online chemistry.

While studies like this one found that individuals who asked someone out within 17 to 23 days of initial contact usually had good first dates, there’s no definite amount of time that you need to wait before you take online dating offline.

In fact, as the study’s conclusion noted, the good first dates were not a guarantee of a successful relationship or date — it was just a trend that researchers observed.

This extra funding should allow the start-up to hire another much-needed member of staff.

Charlotte explains, “Very, very quickly it will get to the point where I will be organising, booking and hosting more events than I can handle on my own, so funding should enable me to get another person onboard to help me with the workload.” In fact, her visions of expansion don’t stop there.

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