Hotline, which launched Monday in New York, wants to bring authenticity and discernment back to online dating. " until after you've spoken on the phone at least once.The first required interaction if you connect with someone on Hotline? In interviewing tech founders, many say they've built an app or service that's designed to be as effortless as possible for the user.
HOPE, a computer notes the area code and first three digits of the caller’s phone number.Related: This panda is dancing: Poet calls out our addiction to apps "The call itself ended up being a good way to break the ice," said Ballantyne, who ended up dating the woman for a few months after their two-hour phone session.It can be tough for two busy humans to find time to talk, but Ballantyne said forcing people to play phone tag keeps things spontaneous.But Hotline founder Sam Ballantyne, who turns 28 on Valentine's Day, set out to do the opposite.He created the app to introduce as much "friction" as possible into dating so people only interact with each other "when they really want to." Ballantyne said the idea for Hotline actually came after matching with a woman on Tinder last April.