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So Frank used the speed dating concept and invited moms to come and meet others.Nearly 80 attended the first event in Brooklyn, where they were paired off and had four minutes to “click” before moving on to the next mom.When Frank’s podcast followers started forming friendships via Facebook, she realized they might actually like to meet in person.And she recalled her own struggles of making close mom friends after having daughter Sasha five years ago.Meg Gerritson, co-founder of Hello Mamas, says the app is about empowering moms to get out of the house and meet other moms in an efficient way.“You can go to a park to try and meet someone but it’s a shot in the dark.Mom to 4-year-old Pierce, Lambert co-owns and manages with her chef husband a one-Michelin star restaurant The Musket Room.When she had Pierce at age 28, Lambert found the other moms in her neighborhood were part of a completely different demographic.
Everyone is feeding their kids peanut butter and jelly,” she said.
And yet, when asked if they would use an app or other online matchmaking service to find friends, 57 percent said they would not compared to 43 percent who said they would.
New York City mom Barbara Lambert was so desperate to meet like-minded moms that she was willing to try another app inspired by online dating technology.
“It’s great to have a partner or family for support, but it’s so cathartic to find someone else who is going through or who has gone through it.
It helps keep you sane to know you are not by yourself.” Even as mom friends go high-tech, the old-school methods still work.
“And all my friends in the restaurant business were singles.” So Lambert turned to Hello Mamas, a web app that connects moms by using a matching algorithm with more than 150 criteria for compatibility.