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Linx Dating Mixer Recap…A Night to Remember ❤️🍾…

IMG_5562-MW.jpgOn November 15th, Linx hosted an exclusive and invite-only soiree at the chic new Park James Hotel in Menlo Park. Around 80+ guests mingled with one another and enjoyed an evening of cocktails and conversation. The party started at 6pm and wrapped around 9pm with every guest receiving a very generous gift bag filled with treats from our sponsors (certificate from Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Elisha Marie skin care, Brava oven, Essentique body oil, Glassy Baby, a 375 ML of Absolut Elyx, and a gorgeous Silicon Valley Magazine to top things off.

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Linx is very grateful to the incredible staff at the Park James for hosting our group and for our exceptionally generous sponsor, Pernod Ricard, pouring amazing drinks all night.  Guests got to sip creative libations titled “Silicon Spritz” (Absolut Elyx vodka, Lillet Rose, and Tonic) and “It’s a Match” (Avion Silver tequila, lime, pineapple, with an optional Perrier Jouet float) to name two.

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A certain celebrity guest graced the party named Li Lou the pig. Why not throw a pig in the mix and shake up a traditional mixer and provide the ultimate ice breaker and reason to smile?!

IMG_5569-MW.jpgWe received lovely emails from many guests after commenting on the evening:

“Thank you for the most festive and wonderful  party ! I loved every minute of it.
Great hotel, divine food and wine, special and very interesting group of successful people, generous gift bags, but most of all- You-…kind and welcoming everyone !
What a special and memorable evening!”
“Dear Amy…thank you for hosting and inviting me to a fabulous mixer! It was chic, elegant,. glamorous, and classy…I had a great time!”
Hi Amy, thanks again for inviting me to your party! I had a great time and met some great people. I gave my card out to two people. We shall see if they would like to connect. I would have liked to talk to others but you can’t talk to everyone!” 
Thanks so much for including me in the happy hour last night.  Quality people and good to meet some of your happy clients.  I told a few “prospects” at the event that you are very professional and they should consider your services, including how the business is at capacity and wait-listed. 🙂  Many of us discussed having had sub-par experiences on dating apps and not being able to meet people in our own work circles, so Linx is a significantly BETTER choice.  I also reviewed Linx 5-stars on Yelp.”
“Nice to see you on Thursday. Thanks so much! I loved the pig too:)” 
“Hi Amy, thank you for inviting me to your event. I met three wonderful women there. Perhaps one of them will work out to be my partner. On par with your Stanford country club event.” 
If you would like too be considered for future private events of Linx, please email our founder.
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Exclusive Linx Event November 15th

Linx is hosting a private exclusive networking mixer on November 15th in Menlo Park. Invite only and a who’s who attending from the Bay Area and Los Angeles as well.

This event has incredible sponsors involved and is about dynamic networking, conversation, and meeting like-minded professionals, many of whom are single and searching. Linx events are legendary and are not to be missed.

If you are single and would like to be considered as a guest of this cocktail party, please email Amy amy@linxdating.com

 

Love Line – Your next date is only a ride away!

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As children, we were told to study and practice as hard as we could to accomplish our goals. This is great advice to advance in school and work, but when it comes to love, it’s often serendipity instead of hard work that leads people to their significant others. People always say that they wouldn’t have met their husbands or wives if they hadn’t walked into that elevator, sat next to him or her on that bus, train or plane, or attended that party, conference, or fill-in-the-blank.

When I was a single, career-focused 20-something in San Francisco, I often wondered how I could increase my chances of meeting “the one” during my daily routine. I worked long hours and often only went out on the weekends, limiting the number of new people I encountered each week. Today, single men and women in San Francisco and other major cities can significantly increase their chance of meeting someone by simply sharing their commute with others using services like Uber Pool, Lyft Line and Chariot. My husband and I lived and worked only two blocks from each other, so we may have met one another earlier if we shared our daily commute to the office. Now that these services are available, why wait to meet your better half?

Forget speed dating – step into an Uber Pool, Lyft Line or Chariot, and take a chance on love! Here’s how to maximize your chances of meeting your next date on your next ride:

Uber Pool – Make sure that you have been paired with a member of the opposite sex. If not, cancel the ride and request a new one. Sit next to the person in the back seat instead of in the front seat next to the driver, and strike up a conversation! I rarely encounter someone who doesn’t want to chat, and everyone I have met is nice and interesting. I recently met a good-looking, accomplished British guy in an Uber Pool and set him up with a colleague of mine who I thought would be a perfect match for him, and they hit it off immediately! Even if the guy or girl next to you isn’t a match for you, consider setting them up with a friend.

Lyft Line – Lyft Line is great for meeting people since you actually see their picture before getting in the car, so if the picture doesn’t appeal to you, cancel and request a new one! Lyft Line also often picks up 3 people, which allows you to meet more people at once. Sit in the seat behind the driver so you have a good view of both of the other riders, and check their hands for wedding and engagement rings before asking them out. In general, Lyft Lines are more social and less expensive than Uber Pools, so pick the service that best suits your personality and budget. One Lyft Line passenger let me know that he asked a beautiful rider to be his date for a wedding the next day, and she agreed!

Chariot – Chariot now has 7 different routes to take you to and from work. You can meet new people and save money on your commute in their 15-passenger vans, and you will likely run into people more than once since you’re both commuting to and from the same stops. Put your cell phones and tablets away when waiting for your pickup and look around – are any handsome strangers also waiting for the same bus? When the bus arrives, quickly scan it for the best looking passenger, grab a seat next to them, and ask them a question. An easy option is to ask if the bus stops at your destination, gauge their interest based on their response, and take it from there! A woman I know landed her dream job after sitting next to her current boss on a Chariot ride, and she met her boyfriend during new hire orientation.

The next time you need to go somewhere, close your dating apps and fire up your Uber, Lyft or Chariot apps instead. While riding, smile, maintain a positive attitude, and don’t be shy. Numerous drivers let me know that riders exchange contact information all the time. On your next ride, you may meet your next date, business contact or friend!

Christine is a 30-year-old, Ivy League educated, East Coast transplant in San Francisco.  She believes that the meaning of life is to love and be loved, and she is passionate about volunteering, technology and yoga

Great Cause | Heart of the Silicon Valley Event | October 5th!

Fall is a great time to attend some festive charitable events. I’d like to make you aware of a charity event, Heart of Silicon Valley, on October 5th at beautiful private Portola Valley estate. There will be a few hundred guests from the Peninsula and San Francisco supporting this great cause. Heart of Silicon Valley was created in 2002 as a response to the desire to contribute to our community in a rich and personal way. HOSV raises funds for charitable organizations by bringing people together through concerts at homes around the Peninsula. Each concert raises money for a different charitable organization.

Heart of Silicon Valley has raised more than $2,000,000 to date for local charities and has engaged hundreds of people in support of these organizations. Heart of Silicon Valley provides a means for professionals, philanthropists, musicians, and businesses to work together to give back to our community in a unique and meaningful way.

Besides giving back, this is a great way to meet and mingle with a very friendly crowd of men and women from around the Bay Area. You never know who you might meet and run elbows with.

Tickets are available on http://www.hosv.org or on ticketweb

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Dinner with E. Jean Carroll

photo 1 copyTonight I had the honor of meeting E. Jean Carroll over a lovely meal in Palo Alto. Every woman knows E. Jean from her long-standing dating and relationship column in ELLE Magazine, “Ask E. Jean.” E. Jean is not only incredibly witty, approachable, brilliant, fun, but tremendously talented and so so sweet! She truly is one impressive and COOL woman- and I don’t say that lightly or about a lot of people in general.

E. Jean and her business partner, Kenneth, run Tawkify– which is offline matchmaking and “a personal concierge to your dating life.” As matchmakers, we were laughing and commiserating with one another about running high-end matchmaking services….relating, agreeing, smiling, nodding, and at the end hugging goodbye.

What a joy it was and I hope we can all sync up again in the near future! photo 2

Summer Solstice Party | June 21st

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Want to meet and mingle in the heart of Silicon Valley? Quattro at the Four Seasons Palo Alto is having a Summer Solstice Party not to be missed on June 21st from 8:33pm (sunset) to 10:30pm.

The Four Seasons has created a special promo for readers of the Linx blog. Mention “Linx” when making your reservation and receive $10 off your entrance fee. For details check out this link.

To RSVP call (650) 566-1200

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This Week in Perspective

It has been so busy lately without time to blog practically. Last week I flew in from Asia and was thrown straight into a very cool TV project (details stealth for now) all day last Thursday. 8 people arrived from the production company, office had to be camera ready, and I had to be really ‘on’ (despite jet lag). The first part of filming lasted 2 hours straight on camera no breaks! At this stage I am really comfortable with TV/media so I had a lot of fun with this project. Little time in between and then headed up to San Francisco for more filming with the star of the show. Once I get approval, I can share more about this but let’s just say it is going to be a pretty amazing new show airing shortly (and I will be episode 6 in mid to late Jan 2014 or so).

This week has been really non-stop catching up with current clients, old clients, interviewing new clients, and meetings with prospects. Lots of calls with phenomenal prospects too (some great guys ladies) and matchmaking in between.

Next week we are preparing for a huge week of client interviews and then another series of in-person screenings for women who wish to meet VIPs. We have full and exciting days ahead.

I will say reflecting on my short trip to Hong Kong last week- what a vibrant, dynamic city filled with powerful movers and shakers. I am super familiar now as I go every year (sometimes twice a year). I got to attend a fabulous dinner with Eric Schmidt at The China Club alongside Sir David Tang. The event was to talk about Schmidt’s new book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. Lots of incredible networking amongst the “who’s who” in HK and beyond. Schmidt signed my book “To Amy…from Menlo Park…Thanks…Eric.” My husband made so many great connections on this trip he is flying back in a few weeks. People don’t waste time there getting deals done. When it’s hot, professionals strike and ink deals not wasting a second of precious time.

Tonight and this weekend if you don’t necessarily have dates lined up or major plans who cares. Do something for you. Take a new fitness class you’ve been wanting to try, make a healthy meal, call a friend you haven’t seen in ages for some quality time catching up. If you want to go out with the hopes of meeting someone, don’t place those expectations on yourself. That is what can lead to disappointment. Go out with the attitude of “I’m going to have fun and that is it” and if you happen to rub elbows with a cutie…most excellent. Just be content with YOU and when you are content with yourself and happy in your life that right there is a major attractor. Confidence speaks volume and just being in a good place in your life. So bundle up and do something for you in the days ahead. See what happens.