Looking to explore the online dating industry, 34-year-old entrepreneur Benji Kurtz launched a handful of niche dating sites in 2001 focused on everything from religious backgrounds to physical stature, such as height and size.Over the next 10 years, Kurtz's love businesses grew to include more than 1,000 sites in about 100 different niches.For single entrepreneurs, the dating game offers unique challenges.The long hours, obsession with work and unpredictable lifestyle are all factors that can interfere with a single date, not to mention the delicate process of building a relationship.The e Harmony Compatibility Matching System® matches single women and men based on 29 Dimensions® of Compatibility for lasting and fulfilling relationships.Traditional Internet dating can be challenging for those singles looking for love that lasts - but e Harmony is not a traditional dating site.For young adults in particular, this overall increase in online dating usage has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the use of mobile dating apps.Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.
Although 15% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are familiar with online dating from the experiences of people they know.
Though Kurtz declined to disclose revenues, he says his online dating services have been profitable from the start.
And it was in 2005 that Kurtz recognized the need to launch an entrepreneur-specific dating site, which he aptly named Entrepreneur
Along with member profiles, the website features a slew of testimonials -- many about marriages or engagements -- and information about upcoming Soul Geek conventions, where users can meet face-to-face. Take our survey.“Geekiness” has gone from a pejorative term to one that implies an endearing quirkiness.
But for those who still feel out of bounds when it comes to dating, fearing that their love for "Star Trek," anime, comics or cosplay may bring rejection, there’s Soul Geek. (Getty Images)Facing certain stigmas while dating can add an extra challenge to an already nerve-wracking situation.