Day: June 7, 2012

Linx in the New York Times June 7th 2012

Bachelorville’s Big Fish

By ALEX WILLIAMS

WHEN Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, recently, one of the world’s youngest billionaires was off the market.

But that doesn’t mean that there is a dearth of eligible singles in Silicon Valley.

Perhaps nowhere on earth are there more young, bright, wildly overcompensated hyper-achievers who are currently unattached. The Facebook initial public offering alone spawned, by some estimates, 1,000 millionaires (never mind that $1 million these days barely buys a ranch house in Palo Alto, Calif.). And every year, the pool grows, as a new crop of kids arrives from Stanford and Harvard, fueled by Mountain Dew caffeine and I.P.O. dreams.

But with everyone in a sprint to make their killing before the next crop of dreamers arrives to take their place, many find it hard to find time for dating. Faced with 16-hour workdays, it is hard enough to find time to shave.

Part of the reason for the glut of singles is demographic. For all the inroads that female power brokers like Marissa Mayer of Google or Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook have made, the upper echelon of the tech world remains largely a male domain. Of the American start-up tech firms with venture capital backing, for example, only about 11 percent had female chief executives or founders as of 2009, according to Dow Jones VentureSource data, cited in The Wall Street Journal in 2010. (The industry’s gender imbalance also lurks at the core of the recent high-profile sexual-discrimination lawsuit by Ellen Pao, a female junior partner, against her employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers).

The imbalance is also painfully clear to the male tech executives in the Santa Clara Valley, who bitterly joke about living in “Man Jose” or “Manta Clara.”

For women, “the ratio certainly can work in your favor,” said Julia Allison, a former tech journalist who divides her time between New York and the Bay Area, and says she finds digital entrepreneurs more satisfying partners than Wall Street moguls: “Wouldn’t you rather be with someone who was changing the world?”

Unlike Hollywood, or even New York, Silicon Valley is not a nightclub culture. People talk work even for fun in their supposed off-hours, trading industry gossip in low-key spots like Philz Coffee or the Old Pro, a sports bar, in Palo Alto, said Amy Andersen, who runs Linx Dating, a Menlo Park-based dating and social network that caters to high-earning tech executives. It’s an insular world. “Silicon Valley connections — whether they are for business, love, or friendships — occur from trusted sources,” she said.

Our admittedly unscientific roundup of some of the unmarried tech executives who inspire the most buzz in Silicon Valley and its East Coast counterpart, Silicon Alley, is still mostly men who have a net worth in eight or nine figures. But that could change in the next few years as a generation of hard-charging single women in their 20s (Alexa Hirschfeld of Paperless Post, Hayley Barna from Birchbox or Melody McCloskey from StyleSeat) begin to make their move.

Princess Proposals Visits Cavallo Point

I am very excited to introduce and share all the amazing details about the newest princess proposal: Mark & Rachel.   

As it had been raining the day prior – I was a little worried about the weather for this outdoor proposal but we arrived at the historic Cavallo Point and it was a gorgeous day, perfectly sunny and crisp. The location was the perfect romantic backdrop for the big day with the Golden Gate Bridge spectacular in the background! 

Princess Proposals worked behind the scenes setting the stage in the most luxe modern suite on the property. Our client Mark shared ahead of time her favorite colors were hot pink but she also loved turquoise. We were all set with candles, fresh flowers in vases, rose petals galore, precious photos of the couple to string across their room.  

Team Linx was  ready to work our magic in decorating their room & dinner table – followed by expert ninjas lurking behind curtains and bushes to capture every moment of the actual proposal!  I know, I look like Jack in The Shining below. 

They arrived at 5:00pm. She thought they were doing a night away and was so happy with that. He had explained they would be in a basic room and budget permitting, enjoy a dinner at Murray Circle too. The proposal occurred before they were seated for dinner at a quiet hilltop location overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, with two chairs set up with blankets and a fresh red rose hidden beneath the blanket – (this being Mark’s cue to pop the question as she discovers the rose). Dinner followed set by a cozy fireplace and later, they happy couple strolled off to their suite decked out to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Though this proposal was phenomenal, extremely special and luxurious, we suspect she would have been just as happy with a twistee tie because they’re THAT in love!

Congratulations Mark & Rachel and for allowing princess proposals to be a part of the first day of the rest of your lives!

Another Linx couple gets engaged

We obsess about our clients and have a special affinity with those who are coupled up. Linx’s small side venture, Princess Proposals, had the pleasure in helping one gentleman client plan his perfect proposal to his now fiancé, Rachel just yesterday. 

This couple were first matched in August of 2011 (both one another’s second Linx introduction) and quickly became exclusive shortly after summer of last year.  

They bonded through their love of the outdoors, fitness, and faith. What I really respect about watching this happy couple from the side lines was no drama, honest intentions, and just no matter what they always are so content with one another. No need for high end wining and dining or 5 star trips to woo one another. 

Mark came to me about one month ago, certain that he is ready to take the next big step with Rachel and expressed that he wanted a little help to plan the perfect proposal. He already had a very elegant and special ring custom made, the perfect cocktail dress picked out for her and together we  brainstormed on the location being at Cavallo Point in Sausalito with glorious San Francisco views. 



Running Linx has brought me so much joy, seeing happily exclusive couples occur as a result of joining Linx. In starting Princess Proposals I wanted to be a small part in helping the couples plan for the perfect proposal before taking the next BIG step together; making it a seem less and everlasting memory for the couple. 



As I’ve been working with Mark and Rachel for almost exactly a year now, I really got to know them and learned that they are both just so down to earth, enjoy the simple things in life and are so genuinely grateful for the connection they have with one another. I worked with Mark this past month on planning the special little details of the day – including: having photos printed, hand writing a love letter, finding out what her favorite colors are, helping him plan an itinerary for the day and really walking him through each step and just having him focus on the most important thing – the actual proposal and his soon to be fiancé. Stress free!


I wanted to make sure that Rachel felt like a princess throughout the entire day and had so much fun gathering the photos from Mark and loading up with beautiful decorations for their  dinner table at Murray Circle and their contemporary VIP suite at the Cavallo Lodge – as they ended their evening after the proposal.