Prior Year's Print Coverage
2009 Print Coverage
Naperville Local Trib - February 21, 2011
Singles Find Love in Just Eight Minutes
Massachusetts Single Magazine - December 7, 2009
The majority of the daters were professionals, and the venue was very accommodating
Easy Way to Happiness - December 3, 2009"I tried this at 8 Minute Dating in Edmonton, when I went there for business, and landed a date for my second night there."
Examiner.com - November 9, 2009
"[Risa] runs the largest speed dating events in the tri-state area. Her 8MinuteDating (www.8minutedating.com) events draw 50 to 100 guests per event where singles meet people at a table and then move from table to table to meet other guests. The events attract a professional group of singles, are held at upscale venues, and are extremely well-run."
St. Petersburg Times - May 22, 2009
Murder for Hire and 8 Minute Dating have teamed up to offer guests a little bit of murder mystery and a little bit of dating.
Boston Globe - March 25, 2009
Despite all the talk of cougar culture, men still want to date younger women, and older women
2008 Print Coverage
Ezine Articles - 8 Minute Dating Secrets - August 20, 2008
"Listen intently. Make eye contact and flash that magnetic smile."
Kansas City - TheOlatheNews - Ready, set, date - August 18, 2008
Jaffee said: “We still get a great thrill every time we hear about a connection that we make. That's what it's all about."
CityPages - Minneapolis, MN - June 18, 2008
"Almost everyone seemed to have found someone special. Bruce, the football stud, was leaving with an ex-cheerleader. Craig was snuggled up in the corner with some shy girl; Chuck was trying to look down a woman's shirt. Even Roberto was reclining in a booth surrounded by a swarm of giggling girls."
Dayton Daily News - May 22, 2008
"We don't want 'single' to be a dirty word," Cochran said. "We want people to come out and celebrate being single in an upscale atmosphere."
CBS News - "Speed-Dating" Put To Test - May 22, 2008
8MinuteDating organizer Dave Cervini, who's also with The New York Social Network, outlined speed-dating procedures and plusses for co-anchor Julie Chen.
The Early Show TV segment can be found at http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=4107077n
The Tribune - Northern Colorado - May 20, 2008
Colorado Event Organizer Kathy Weigle talks about 8minuteDating
CBS News - The Early Show - May 7, 2008
Looking For Love? How To Date In 2008. The Early Show's fun look at the singles scene nowadays, including a “speed-dating”-type event on our plaza, run by 8MinuteDating
ABC News: Living Longer: Pros and Cons of Aging - April 1, 2008
Companion article to the 20/20 Barbara Walters special. "Risa Glaser, event organizer for 8minuteDating, believes that you never lose the need to have a companion in your life — especially as you age."
Just Babs - BlogSpot - March 3, 2008
Attended an 8-Minute Dating Event and scored 4 follow-up dates. I don't do math, but I think that percentage is pretty darn good.
Miami Herald - Goodbye Snoozy Dates, Hello Mr. R - February 14, 2008
"Fortunately, I found a solution. Eight blessedly short dates, all in one night!"
CNET TV - February 14, 2008
San Francisco EO Scott Swanson discusses 8minuteDating. Scott's segment comes up at 21:42 (about 11 minutes into the show) and runs until 16:00.
Personal Life Media - February 10, 2008
"Speed Dating: How to know if he is INTO you" with Scott Swanson, host of 8 Minute Dating
Food industry market - February 1, 2008
Little Penguin Wines and Dating Diva Jacqui Malouf Help Urban Penguins Perfect Their Dating Rituals
PR Newswire - January 29, 2008
...meet eight dates in one evening while enjoying the Little Penguin wine and food pairings. Jacqui Malouf will be on-site...
Club 555 And 8 Minute Dating - January 4, 2008
Club 555 Networks and 8MinuteDating.com have formed a partnership to offer speed dating events to the thousands of Club-555.com members.
Miami Herald - January 4, 2008
Put These Hunks on YOUR Calendar
2007 Print Coverage
MaineToday.com, "8 Minutes In The Closet" - November 28, 2007
I think we should have events like 8 minute dating, but with a closet.
Buffalo Rising Online - September 23, 2007
"8 Minute Dating for UB Alumni". "According to Resetarits, ninety-nine percent of participants report that they enjoyed 8minuteDating, ninety percent meet someone they want to see again, and sixty-two percent receive a mutual match. Compare that to the bar scene."
Columbus Alive - February 12th, 2007
"People meeting through some sort of organized system is so common now, the stigma is almost gone," said Tom Jaffee, CEO of 8MinuteDating.com. ...
MSNBC - USA - February 9th, 2007
8minuteDating was founded by Tom Jaffee in 2001, and now has more than 60000 customers in both the United States and Canada. ...
2006 Print Coverage
Towson Times - September 28th, 2006
"Enter 8 Minute Dating, the newest addition to the annual Senior Expo/Baby Boomer Expo"
China News - Beijing - July 5th, 2006
"...singles at 30 years old or so have hit one million in Beijing and Shanghai, while at present, "8-minute dating" is prevalent among them."
Los Angeles Times - May 29th, 2006
"'There's an expression in sports known as 'playing out of your mind,' " says Tom Jaffee, founder and chief executive of 8minuteDating.com"
Press of Atlantic City - May 13th, 2006
"And this format was great. On a normal date you're stuck there. With this, you get to keep going right on to the next guy."
New York Daily News - New York,NY,USA - April 19th, 2006
"it's okay for a guy to joke about how he didn't like a chick flick," says Tom Jaffee, CEO and founder of 8MinuteDating.com"
The Palm Beach Post - Palm Beach, FL - April 8th, 2006
"Speed dating is a good way to find out how a person thinks - and what they look like."
Westerly Sun - Westerly,RI,USA - March 10th, 2006
"One Westerly restaurant plans to host the town's first ever evening of speed dating..."
Business Week - March 10th, 2006
"Have you heard of the term 'speed dating'?"
Times & Courier - Eastern Massachusetts - February 2006
"Everyone I spoke with told me they had fun and had met someone they would like to speak with again"
Bridgewater Courier News - NJ, United States - February 14th, 2006
"It's a much better way to meet people."
Bradenton Herald - FL, United States - February 14th, 2006
"Mia: This certainly was the most practical approach to dating I've ever seen."
CiN Weekly - February 1st, 2006
"You can be surprised what eight minutes can tell you"
Midland Daily News - January 26th, 2006
"If you really like somebody, you will know within eight minutes."
In News Weekly - January 11th, 2006
"Conn.'s Cedar Brook Cafe, the county's oldest gay bar, hosts 8minuteDating for women... join a craze that's apparently helped lots of gay guys and a slew of those crazy straight people find their mates..."
The Bay City Times - January 7th, 2006
"Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Do you have a date? How about eight minutes?"
Freelance Article: Replacing Mr. or Mrs. Wrong - June 2006
"...8minuteDating can be a useful means for divorced people to ease their way back into the dating scene"
2005 Print Coverage
Chesterfield Journal - December 14th, 2005
"When traditional methods of meeting people to date fail - i.e., bars, work, fix-ups - St. Louis singles are finding alternative means to find the right people."
Princeton Packet - December 13th, 2005
"I think it beats online dating," Mr. Carnevale added. "It beats the bar scene."
Braintree Forum - November 30th, 2005
"Tired of spending oodles of money in Boston on expensive nights out only to come home broke - and alone? Look no further!"
Tulsa World - July 4th, 2005
"The dress was casual, as were the eight 8-minute 'dates'..."
Dating Baby Steps, Not Dating Big Steps, Ed Lincoln - June 6th, 2005
Tufts Alumni Association - May 10, 2005
"it was hard not to be inspired given the intimate setting and the enthusiasm with which Jaffee spoke"
News 8 Austin - February 17, 2005
"Looking for love in the personal ads may be a thing of the past."
Hillsboro Argus - January 18, 2005
"I felt I'd found kindred spirits in my new speed-dater friends."
Altoona Mirror - January 18, 2005
"She said that eight minutes is just enough time to tell whether or not she would be interested in seeing someone again."
2004 Print Coverage
Portsmouth Herald - November 26, 2004
“…there are at least eight single people who you already know are looking for a fun date. There’s no guessing games, no covert ring-checks, no jealous girlfriend in the corner giving me the evil eye…someone who puts themselves out there is more likely to find a successful match than someone who waits around for the perfect moment to come along.”
Daily Titan - September 30th, 2004
"Eight-minute dating is the easiest, safest and most enjoyable way for single professionals to meet new people to date"
Savannah Now - September 28th, 2004
"Most people know within eight minutes if they want to pursue the conversation"
China Daily - September 1st, 2004
"I hope it will grow into a giant like the 8-minute dating company in the US and open many branches all over China."
The Desert Sun - August 29th, 2004
"I thought it would be fun. People were really enjoying themselves."
Buffalo News - August 23rd, 2004
"DiPasquale proposed in November 2003, on a pier near Cape Ann, Mass."
PRWeb - August 14th, 2004
"8minuteDating has created no-stress dating by eliminating the pressure of having to engage in endless conversation for an entire evening with someone who you might find less than compatible."
HippoPress - August 5th, 2004
“Let the walls come down and be yourself: people aren’t there to play games—they’re there to meet someone,” Lambert said. “You’d be surprised how much you can learn about somebody in eight minutes.”
Bangor Daily News - July 17th, 2004
"I had eight "dates" that night and I'm happy to report that I found great things about all eight guys"
Norwich Bulletin - July 12th, 2004
"...at the Mohegan Sun's Dubliner, Barnard and other singles became engrossed in conversation, accompanied by champagne."
Tufts e-news - July 8th, 2004
"...a staggering success rate - 90 percent of participants meet someone they'd like to see again."
Cape Cod Times - June 21st, 2004
"Singles have gathered under the Bourne Bridge, at Quintal's Restaurant, for an 8minuteDating event."
Denver Business Journal - June 1st, 2004
"Hundreds of new relationships are likely to begin as a result of 8minuteDating's nationwide event."
Fetch Magazine, Milwaukee - May/June 2004
"A pooch surveys the field as its owner tries to make a connection"
The Post, Athens, Ohio - April 28th, 2004
"the nationwide http://8minutedating.com program hit Athens earlier this year to ensure opportunities for all."
Reader's Digest - April 8th, 2004
"Reader’s Digest includes 8minuteDating.com in its First Annual “America’s 100 Best” Issue"
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - March 22nd, 2004
"...this time, you can bring your dog along to sniff out a potential soul mate"
SNPonline, Columbus, Ohio - March 3rd, 2004
"On this particular night, they were joined by thousands of others who were taking part in 8minuteDating events throughout the United States."
eMediaWire - March 21st, 2004
"The setting is relaxed, the atmosphere is festive & the relationships you make might be priceless!"
The Harness Link - March 15th, 2004
"The nation's most popular speed dating program, 8minuteDating, makes a stop at the Meadowlands Racetrack"
eMediaWire - March 14th, 2004
"...a phenomenal alternative has finally found its way to Indianapolis!...8minuteDating has created no-stress dating..."
The Washington Post - February 22nd, 2004
""You evaluate people not just romantically, but also as "friendship" or "business" contacts.""
PhillyBurbs.com - February 18th, 2004
"What we have is a fun party where it's highly likely that you're going to make a connection."
New Jersey's Courier News - February 15th, 2004
"In fact, at least 100 of them had eight dates that night."
Cincinnati Post - February 14th, 2004
"There's another service like this, except it's a three-minute date. Shorter, but you get more of them per event. Personally, I prefer the more leisurely pace of 8minutedating-dot-com."
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - February 13th, 2004
"Three minutes is enough to rule someone out but not enough to be sure" you want to rule someone in"
Delco Times - February 13th, 2004
"The Wings are also partnering with "8 Minute Dating" service to help those who haven't given up on love…"
The Phoenixville News - February 12th, 2004
"The night features "testimonials from jilted lovers," a "heartbreak piñata," "sappy movie moments," a divorce lawyer, black carnations, and "8 Minute Dating."
KFOX - February 11th, 2004
"Ackers believes problems like that are another reason why web-sites like 8 minute dating, are becoming more popular."
Lavender Magazine - February 6th, 2004
"Minneapolis's next Gay 8minuteDating.com event takes place at Jitters Bar and Cafe."
Aspen Times - February 6th, 2004
"It’s no-pressure, it’s really relaxed, and it’s guaranteed — if you’re not matched with anyone, you can come to the next party for free."
Courier Post Online - January 20th, 2004
"Here is a perfect way to go out with friends, have some drinks and talk to 10 single women."
Meadowlands Racetrack - January 20th, 2004
"The nation's most popular speed dating programme, 8minuteDating, makes a stop at the Meadowlands Racetrack..."
The Boulder Daily Camera - January 16th, 2004
"The infamous 8minuteDating has again crept into Boulder, into our very own Reef"
Press Herald - January 4th, 2004
"the room was abuzz with exchanges of personal stories"
2003 Print Coverage
Baltimore Sun - December, 30th 2003
"In 8minuteDating, where I've had the best results, you meet eight people for eight minutes each."
Phoenix Business Journal - December, 19th 2003
"It would have been difficult to get to know them if I had less than eight minutes..."
BC Magazine - Asia's Hottest Entertainment Magazine - December, 12th 2003
"8minuteDating offers matches in three categories (second date, friendship and business)"
The State Journal-Register - November, 23rd 2003
"...everybody's looking for a fast and fun and comfortable way to meet people, and that's what this provides."
KCRG-TV News - November, 16th 2003
"Single, young professionals in Cedar Rapids were meeting each other at the first eight-minute dating event in January."
Bangor Daily News - November, 14th 2003
"There are a lot of people who don't go to church, don't go to bars. So where do you meet somebody single? I just think this makes sense."
USA Today - November, 12th 2003
"Nonetheless, the new ways work, at least according to their champions. 8minuteDating estimates that it has sparked around 100 engagements and marriages out of about 104,600 users — and those are only the known stories."
Bangor Daily News - November, 12th 2003
"It's hard to get to know people [in bars] because everyone's standing there. This way you meet someone face-to-face and talk a little bit. I think it's a good thing."
WBZ4 - November, 11th 2003
"There's no sense in lying about it, I'm definitely into physical attraction."
La Opinion Digital - November, 11th 2003
"... relata entusiasmado Jafee, quien implementó en 2001 el servicio de citas rápidas, eventos de unas dos horas en los que una persona puede conocer a otros solteros/as en conversaciones de ocho minutos y luego, si hay mutuo interés, arreglar una segunda cita."
San Francisco Chronicle - October, 26th 2003
"The event...was co-hosted by Macy's West, Men's Health magazine, Cole Haan shoes and 8minuteDating.com..."
Arizona Republic - October, 17th 2003
"Hi, my name is buzzzz! Dinner?"
The Campbell Reporter - September, 17th 2003
"You get a good chance to talk and present yourself," he said. "Some networking also happens."
NC News Observer - September, 4th 2003
"She liked three of the nine men she met at the first African-American 8minuteDating, and made a match with one"
El Paso Times - August, 16th 2003
"It was probably the best experience I've had in the single world," he said
Pittsburg Trib P.M. - August, 12th 2003
"As the evening roars ahead, the din of chatter fills the room..."
San Antonio Express-News - August, 3rd 2003
"...it really goes fast. It re-creates the singles scene without the pick-up line."
Duluth News Tribune - July, 28th 2003
"The nice thing about it is that you can have a normal conversation with anybody for eight minutes. It's not pressure," said Amy Wollenberg, 28"
St. Louis Today - July, 27th 2003
"But, what the heck, I thought, I'll give 8minuteDating a try. At least if I don't like somebody, I won't have to be around them very long. Here's the shocker: I had a great time. "
ABC News - July, 16th 2003
"This method allows you to go, sit and talk and instantly you can tell if you like someone or not," he said. "It's just a fabulous method."
Miami New Times - July, 3rd 2003
"This event takes out the awkwardness of starting a conversation... If I'm at a bar, I have to wait for someone to talk to me. Here, we're all coming for the same reason..."
La Opinion Digital - July, 1st 2003
“En un bar, uno tendría que romper el hielo sin saber siquiera si la otra persona lo va a escuchar, pero nuestros clientes no tienen que lidiar con eso;…”
ABC News - June, 18th 2003
Unlike most online dating services, Jaffee notes that with 8minuteDating, people "meet right away, they can establish right away if they have enjoyed meeting..."
Salt Lake City Weekly - May, 15th 2003
On the night of the first event, I imagine the opening scene of a reality dating show as I stride across the patio in front of the Hard Rock Café. A cartoon bubble pops up next to my head: "Jenny likes brains and brawn."
Houston Chronicle - May, 7th 2003
"With a regular blind date, you're stuck with them all night. But this way, if the other person doesn't work out, you move on."
Press Journal - April, 28th 2003
"You get into your home life and work, the whole routine," said Clegg. "And the bar scene gets so old. I was so sick of that, so I talked myself into going to this. I bit the bullet and went. It was definitely a lot of fun."
San Jose Mercury News - April, 25th 2003
"...everyone I spoke to was pleasant and the whole experience was less awkward than approaching a stranger in a Learning Annex class."
New Jersey Courier Post - April, 24th 2003
"Eight minutes is not too long," Harris says later. "You just start off and they'll pretty much fill up the eight minutes. No problem."
Bay Windows - March, 20th 2003
"Our last gay event had over 60 participants and the post-event feedback was overwhelmingly positive," said Jaffe. "We want 8minuteDating.com to be known as the best way for gay people to meet others who are interested in a relationship."
Entrepreneur Magazine - March 2003
"In eight minutes, you can meet that special someone. Tom Jaffee, the mastermind behind Boston-based 8minuteDating.com, found even more than that at one of his matchmaking parties."
Bay Windows - February, 13th 2003
"You get body language, voice intonations, and all the stuff you can't get online and all the stuff that you're not necessarily going to get at clubs."
Buffalo News - February, 12th 2003
8minuteDating began two years ago in Boston, and was developed by Tufts University graduate Tom Jaffee, who sought to develop a "technological solution to essentially eliminate the need for a bad blind date."
Long Beach Press Telegram - February, 11th 2003
"I think it's the wave of the future."
KVBC Las Vegas - February, 8th 2003
"They say Vegas is one of the hardest places to meet people. Despite the terrible odds, it could take only 8 minutes to make a love connection."
NBC 17 - February, 6th 2003
"At a bar, you might not meet people who are interested in having a relationship."
R.I.T. News - January 28th, 2003
"We want to give our students a safe and fun way to meet other single students," says Cha Ron Sattler, assistant director in residence life.
Portland Press Herald - January, 26th 2002
"more than 3,000 people scattered across 56 U.S. cities went out on the brief dating sessions that saw participants given eight minutes to quiz potential paramours about their backgrounds, turn-ons and turn-offs and any other items of interest."
Baltimore Sun - January, 12th 2003
"It's fun, definitely better than I expected"
KCRG-TV News - January 7th, 2003
"8minuteDating will host its first event in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, January 14th, at Brick's Bar and Grill."
2002 Print Coverage
Danbury News-Times - December 17th, 2002
"Already happening around the country are African-American, Jewish, and gay and lesbian events. The first lesbian event in Connecticut is scheduled for next month at Bridgeport's Acoustic Cafe."
USA Today - December 12th, 2002
"It's a numbers game, like pulling the slots," he says. "Sooner or later, you'll hit the jackpot. Know what I mean?"
DC Pages - December 1st, 2002
"It's the up-and-coming dating scene for the new millennium: 8-Minute Dating."
The Financial Express - November, 26th 2002
"All were well-educated, smart, professionals seeking lasting relationships. As the evening wore on, it looked like a win-win all around. The bartenders grinned at the brisk business on a Monday night, participants milled around excitedly chatting up new people."
Portsmouth Herald - November 17th, 2002
"...the bar scene wasn't working for Lauder. Then a friend told her about an 8-minute dating event..."
Orlando Sentinel - October 15th, 2002
"Kim Jolie sits down at a candlelit table in the clubby, dark-green dining room of Sam Snead's Tavern, prepared for the perfect blind date."
New Haven Register - September 29th, 2002
"I feel like I have nothing to lose," said Angela709, a 36-year-old medical assistant. "I have a great life and I just want someone to share it."
Richmond.com - August, 30th 2002
"Everybody was really nice and polite. And the minutes went by like that," she says, snapping her fingers."
Augusta Chronicle - August 29th, 2002
"All I knew was that I was going to talk to at least eight single women for at least eight minutes each and that was better than wasting the night away in a bar or staying at home on a Saturday night."
Lifebeat Magazine - The Beat of Atlanta - August, 2002
More than 90 percent of all 8minuteDating.com attendees report that they have met someone they want to see again through an event.
In News Weekly - July 25th, 2002
"Successful dating concept crosses over to gay community"
Maxim Online - July 22nd, 2002
"Maxim Online helps one lucky guy get his socks off."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - July 22nd, 2002
"...later in the night, after the event had ended, the two were having a drink and talking together at the bar."
WJBF - Atlanta - July 15th, 2002
"I love it. I think I’ll keep doing it until I find the one"
Boulder Daily Camera - July 11th, 2002
"It's a fun way to meet people, and you really have nothing to lose," says 27-year-old Kevin Schaub of Boulder, a past participant.
New Hampshire Union Leader - July, 8th 2002
"Eight dates in one night. It’s not just for guys in the NBA"
St. Louis Business Journal - July 5th, 2002
8minuteDating is coming to St. Louis.
Providence Journal - July 2nd, 2002
She thought: "Have I got to the point where I've gotta do these type of events?' But once we were greeted by Amy, I was like, 'All right, this is kind of cool.' "
Tufts e-news - June 13th, 2002
"Thousands of singles around the country are getting to know each other at a blistering pace"
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - June 10th, 2002
"The goal is to find someone you might want to spend more time with."
New York Post - March 14th, 2002
"It's courtship modeled on assembly line efficiency."
New Jersey News - March 13th, 2002
"I'm not one to go up to a girl and say, 'Hey baby,'" says John733, a 35-year-old from Union County. "This seems easier."
The Boston Globe - February 25th, 2002
His report by the end of the evening: "I had a great time." He hoped to arrange real dates with three women.
Wall Street Journal - February 14th, 2002
"It made us realize our time is precious," he says. "And you’re not going to find a relationship sitting alone in your apartment."
Austin XL - January 24, 2002
"High Tech Happy Hour is Dead - Long Live 8minuteDating"
2001 Print Coverage
Improper Bostonian - July 18th, 2001
Awarded "Boston's Best"
Boston Metro - June 26, 2001
"People lead such fast-paced lives that they often don’t have the opportunity to sit down and actually talk with like-minded people they might be interested in dating. We provide a very efficient and reliable way to meet lots of new people they might want to date.”
U.S. News & World Report - June 4, 2001
"Turbo dating has an appeal. Many psychologists believe face-to-face services are more successful than on-line matchmaking, since the Internet cannot convey body language. 8minuteDating avoids the awkwardness of a blind date.”