Tawkify was created by E. Jean and Kenneth to get Kenneth a girlfriend. It worked.
Meet the Co-Founders

E. Jean Carroll writes the Ask E. Jean (link) column in Elle magazine. Incredibly it's the longest, currently-running advice column in American publishing. She has six million readers. E. Jean was a writer for Saturday Night Live, a contributing editor to Esquire, Outside, and Playboy. Her TV show on MSNBC was called—what else?—Ask E. Jean. She founded, with her sister, Cande Carroll, the breakthrough dating site, GreatBoyfriends.com (where women recommend their ex-boyfriends to each other) and which has been profiled in The New York Times, Newsweek, Men's Health, etc., and seen on The Today Show, Oprah, CNN, etc.

After two glasses of wine, E. Jean estimates that what with her experience, book, Mr. Right, Right Now, coaching site, Dating: E. Jean (link), and YouTube (link) Channel, she has helped more people find enticing mates than any advice columnist in history.

Kenneth Shaw was most recently the principal imagineer at One Kings Lane. He began his career at Microsoft, and moved on to become the bashful firebrand who created My Purity Test, one of the most popular Facebook apps of all time. He also created the Elle magazine Facebook App and Homeslyce.com. He graduated from Stanford in '07—he's a geek, a black belt in Hapkido, and possesses such a sunny disposition he makes a basket of puppies look depressed.

Our Matchmakers are Passionate
Meet the Matchmakers
Julia Armet was born with the art of intuition and a photographic memory. She has the sixth sense for matters of the human heart. A passionate and creative individual, she has a reputation for thinking outside of the box—a perfectionism that serves her (and her clients) well in many realms. One could compare this personalized approach to a Zen master on a quest for ideal balance: She doesn't stop until she gets it right. Opening the line of communication between you and your partner-to-be, she is committed to empowering others and finds ultimate satisfaction in fostering authentic relationships. You write the script, she clarifies the fine print. #JustJuled
Eve Marie Blazo will give you an Affair to Remember. Whether you're Sleepless in Soho or singing "Ain't no Sunshine" down the streets of Cobble Hill, Eve believes your love life should be no less than the rom-com of your dreams. As an Ivy-educated film studies graduate and survivor of fashion's school of hard knocks, Eve thinks of herself as a stylist of the psyche. She approaches matchmaking like a cinematic art. She will ghostwrite you an old school (albeit unorthodox) romance fit for modern times. So with passion, empathy, and imagination in abundance, Eve is on a mission to help your souls mate. She encourages you to be a feeler and to have an open heart--you never know who can make you feel that zsa zsa zsu!
Hannah Orenstein believes in happily-ever-afters. Thanks to a childhood full of Disney movies, she knows your Prince(ss) Charming is out there and wants to give you a fairytale ending. Just consider her your fairy godmother. Her matches are fueled by creativity, intuition, and an understanding of what makes people click. Before she joined Tawkify, she set up blind dates for fellow students at NYU, and interned at ELLE and Seventeen. Hannah is a writer by training and a romantic at heart—let her write your story.
Tess Lasbrey stumbled upon matchmaking, which ended up being the ultimate culmination of everything she has learned to do in life. From playing nice recess at Chapin to office hours at Cornell to troubleshooting as marketing director and later business strategy consulting, helping others unearth difficult truths and surpass goals as a life coach, this is was what she was trained—born—to do. As your matchmaker, she is your champion—disrupting, encouraging, uncovering, comforting you toward a dream that, until now, seemed completely unattainable. All you have to do is tell the truth, take the truth, dream big and trust her and the process. Good luck!
Alene Boon wants to get you slayed. She wants to thrust her microscope-eyes into the wonderful mush of your mammalian brain, to sit in there with you, get a sense of the space, and then to go out and hunt for people who might complement your brain-room nicely. A biologist by training, Boon has never met a human she didn’t want to dissect. Be warned – she cannot STAND much of what she sees going on in this stupid human love dance, and she WILL call that trash out. There’s simply no time in this life to be anything but our own freakshow selves. Though Boon’s sensibilities tend toward the dark, she really just wants to get you all the giggles your lungs can handle. Boon is LOL-dependent, sex-positive, queer-friendly, and basic-intolerant.
Cynthia Rouf transforms stressful dating lives into lighthearted, fulfilling escapes that empower you to find stronger matches faster. With brainpower previously used for legal analysis, genetics research, and tech startup business development, this dating whiz is eager to collect your data points so she can test, scale, and optimize your love life. She pushes you to fail fast so you can love hard—and have a ball throughout the process.

Carrie Parker serves as the catalyst in your romantic equation, bolstering your success at achieving chemistry. Very early on she proved that she was born to make matches, as she has never lost a game of memory or a sock. Armed with a background in Social Psychology, an inexhaustible positive attitude, and jaw-dropping good looks, Carrie navigates the vast sea of singles with precision and a smile. Carrie caters to each client as an individual, appreciating the quirks and nuances that set you apart from the pack. She is as invested in your happiness as you are, and is eager to launch your dating adventure! Learn more about Carrie in her TEDx talk and Richmond Magazine.
Angie Lee realized her passion for shooting cupid arrows after founding her own startup, Polkadotties, getting acquired, and shooting for the stars. She finds it fascinating to analyze all the things on a date that might not work to increase the chances of everything going right, just like how an entrepreneur approaches startups in an iterative fashion. She likes designing dates, where the dates simply have to show up, turn on the charm, and exchange doughy eyed looks at one another. Some say like-minded people go together. Some say opposites attract. She believes good souls attract other good souls. Navigating the world of choosing partners and changing partners can be both confusing and thrilling. Think of her as your own personal GPS for love. She helps you follow your heart.
B.R. Props has twenty years of acting with such roles as Nikki in "Get Shorty", Lois in Seinfeld's "The Race," Ellie Snyder for 6 years in "As The World Turns" and Erica in the original stage production of Bogosian's, "Suburbia," to only name a few—Ms. Props was begged and ultimately recruited to join the Tawkify team and lend her lifetime of experience in both on-and off-screen romance in the task of Matchmaking! She is still acting, when she isn't obsessing over a match. She recently wrapped a lead role in David Rodriguez's movie "Last I Heard," which is about love, naturally. Ms. Props follows her heart in love and in life! She has lived in South Of France, India, Bali, New York City and yes, even a farm buried deep in the Adirondack Mountains!
Katherine Cooper is a lifelong learner, writer and lover. She's always been fascinated by matters of the heart. After noticing that she fell in love quite easily with many different pastimes and people she began to think that it might be time to spread the love around. She joined Tawkify in 2013. Katherine is a no-BS New Englander, Brown and New York University alum, a great listener and has enough curiosity to get into some serious trouble every now and then. Most importantly Katherine wants to get to know you--what makes you tick, what you most desire, what makes your heart sing. Specialties: Intellectuals, artists, narcissists.
Misty Dawn wants to help you transcend what dating usually is and give you the cosmic experience it should be. You can be a cosmonaut alone, but exploration is so much better with someone navigating on ground control. With a background in creative arts and tour guiding, Misty has an empathetic nature, a knack for creative strategics and an itch for adventure. She will whisk you away on a personalized, magical experience all the while being a stand for the highest version of "you" she knows you are. She understands that authenticity, a willingness to have it turn out and passion are the keys to any success in life. Misty wants to help you find a love even the stars would bow to.
George Kong didn’t know it at first but his entire life has lead him to matchmaking. Since chasing Camilia around the sitting-circle in kindergarten, he has been obsessed with finding and learning about love and relationships. With an education more diversified than most, he holds his own at any cocktail party and will use his gift of gab in searching high and low for your specific type. A veteran (victim?) of the online dating scene, he has counseled guys and gals while cutting through the BS to find out what people are really looking for (without judgment). He comes from the world of event management and will think about the details you would miss, making sure you are prepared for the adventure you and your match will encounter. George is the ultimate wingman.
Catherine Rose is all heart and soul. She hails from the Deep South, but has lived overseas and now splits her time between DC and New York. Equal parts activist and feminist debutante, she combines empathy and Southern social grace with a deeply romantic sensibility. She spent several years in the wedding industry and is now dedicated to curating the beginning of your love story. She believes that everyone deserves love and will search tirelessly to help you find it. With a keen eye for the unconventional and a network that spans internationally, Catherine will lobby for love and find your perfect running mate.
Nia Povroznik is a Ukrainian born, American raised adventurous mover and shaker. As a Jill of all trades she gets to know people from all sorts of walks of life. With a love and interest in all aspects of how people fit together she works as a sexuality educator. Through being a sexuality and relationship anthropologist she has a deep understanding of the vast variation in preferences for love, romance, and mates. Nia is great at scoping out that magical fit between two sweethearts.
Evyenia Trembois wants to bring magic, romance, and FUN back into your dating life. Through highly intuitive thought processing and a deep stem of creativity, she seeks to blow your mind by finding you a match that will appeal to you at every single level—and will stop at nothing in order to do so. When it comes to achieving greatness, she believes in stepping both outside of the box and outside of your own comfort zone and will push you to do so throughout the process—but in the most rewarding and exciting ways. Bam. Get ready for an adventure unlike any other.
Ria Yoshida understands you are a complex dynamic human. She will get to know you and help you know yourself better by asking about the things that motivate you and speak to who you uniquely are. All the stuff that matters: from the superficial surface, to the deeper heart and mind. Screw the fairy tales. You don't need to fool yourself to feel butterflies and fireworks. Finding love is both an art and a science. You can have high voltage aspirations, while being grounded. With a creative mind and experiences from multiple cultures, Ria is influenced from her training in the arts and social organizational psychology. She is energetic, encouraging and handles toughness with ease and a bright smile. Sex positive, body image positive, queer friendly, embraces the odd counter culture, while understanding the rules of this game called "life." Let her guide you on your journey to fulfillment.
Greg Finch would love to help you find a snuggling partner to bingewatch critically-acclaimed dramas with. He's a born & bred native New Yorker, but won't hold that against you, who places a priority on a mixture of empathy and honesty with an academic touch. This serial monogamist has been repeatedly told he's 'the most patient person in the world', and that just listening to his voice has an involuntarily calming effect. His dating philosophy is that articulating what you want is the first step towards finding it, and that strategic dating is a numbers game of finding the right compatibilities to foster that long-lasting connection. You'll know you're one of his favorite clients when he starts passing along some choice standup comedy and song lyrics. With a background in academia, dialogue facilitation and video writing/production, he wants nothing more than for your future relationship to be the next project he manages to success.
Alexis Field believes life is too short to be shy... that's her personal mantra that will be sure to change your love life. Alexis was born in Los Angeles, but has lived everywhere including Boca Raton, St. Louis, and even Thailand! In other words, this gal has gotten around (not to mention all the touring she's done as a professional actress) and she's going to bring everything she's picked up along the way to help YOU find that someone special (or at least have a lot of fun in the meantime). Alexis is currently starring in the hit off-Broadway show 50 Shades the Musical, so if it's a little spice you're looking for, she'll be sure to deliver on that as well. Most importantly, Alexis is a people person. She has an intuitive edge to be reckoned with and knows how to get right down to what makes people tick. She's committed to making the world a happier place and she is thrilled to be using Tawkify as a way to do just that! Happy Dating!
Christina Han is eager to make you her object of study. She thinks you're fascinating, full stop, simply by virtue of being an individual outside herself. Her mission is to learn you as thoroughly as possible and find your complement. She believes that a happy individual's reality is constructed by and grounded in their relationships with others, and so finds comfort in forging those connections. Why, at opposite ends, wait on false kismet or struggle needlessly to find friendship and love? Finding your match shouldn't feel like an exercise in drudgery, and by the photoshop in her picture she swears to do all in her power to ensure it won't. It's her honor to be your assistant, confidant, and friend.
Carena Liptak believes in finding love and having fun along the way. An Ivy League-educated writer and lifelong music fanatic, she will zero in on what makes you tick--then find somebody who complements your style. Her philosophy is that your quirks are your best assets. Carena will help you embrace your freak flag and seek out somebody who will love it just as much as you do! She's a big fan of dogs, espresso, and any first date that requires a helmet.
Elle Yeung, a southern belle at heart, ventured off to school in London where she was trained as a lawyer. During her time abroad, she realized the importance of understanding how people interact with one another. After all, great comedy and whole-hearted fun begins with truthful observation. With that in mind, her dating philosophy is simple: everyone deserves to have fun. In ensuring that her philosophy comes to fruition, she will listen, empathize, and listen some more until she understands what her client's sphere of compatibility is. The determination is innate, as Elle has two goals in mind. To find everyone happiness, and to make our world a better place.
Michelle Senteio is an ocean. And she'll rock your boat with her ability to read you so deep you'll want to call her Miss Mariana Trench (but don't...). She wants you to FEEL romance - from love's first sight, a sweet and agonizing bath of hot ice, to love that grows, like roots from your heart to your toes. An Ivy-educated creative writer and filmmaker, Michelle is going to write your romance into the adventurous bard it should be: wrought with uncertainty, kinship, trust, love, and most of all LIFE. She looks forward to finding you that special someone that'll light your soul on fire / that wants to get to know you / of whom you'll never tire. If Michelle were a matchmaker in another universe, she would reign down love in the world of Game of Thrones.
Nicole Lockhart is a mastermind of creative mischief. Her approach to dating is about the head as well as the heart, ensuring that clients find a companion with that crucial balance of intellect, emotional fortitude, and physical rightness. In shorter terms? Nicole's romantic hunch is always right. With a last name like Lockhart, matchmaking is a natural fit for this modern day Mona Lisa. Nicole is an old soul with a magnetic smile that will find your match and inspire you through this thing called "dating". She also believes dessert should be eaten everyday.
Jordana Golub knows that love is a battlefield. She wants to defend and fight in your honor and leave both parties waving a flag of found love. She has always had an impressive yet almost scary intuition about all things intimate. She is your go-to therapist without the degree, being able to pinpoint exactly where your frustrations and fears lie. She won't tell you everything you want to hear, nor anything you don't; she'll tell you what you NEED and will be your rock. She is a free-spirited, honest and to-the-point girl. Her ability to see optimism in every situation and seek balance when it's hard to find, is the key to her matchmaking success. Through her experience as a Creative Recruiter, casting associate and event planner, she's got the skill set to find your match. She's real, no BS and lives to prove people wrong. When you say "can't" or "won't", she'll make it happen. Dare her.
Genna Selesnick appreciates authenticity and originality. She grew up in the real-life version of "Meet the Fockers," with a sex-therapist Grandmother and a obstetrician Grandfather. While dinner conversations were often not traditional, she was inspired to think about relationship dynamics from an age where most children were only discussing Sesame Street. Ivy-educated and trained as a lawyer, she is a master at getting to the bottom of any case and analyzing what makes people tick. Hailing from Miami, the sexiest city in the world, she easily identifies the spice and flare within all, and aims to channel that into finding your partner. She believes that EVERYONE has a little salsa in them, even if they don't quite know it yet; it's just a matter of finding the right song, and the right partner, to bring out the dance moves.
Rebecca Chang sports higher-than-average levels of optimism. Whether you're a nuclear scientist, homebody acrobat, or polyamorous financier, she's eager to dive into what makes you tick, and curate your quest for a partner in crime. Educated at Yale and Harvard Law School, Rebecca understands clients who need to navigate the dual demands of the dating process and professional pressure cookers. Rebecca is currently at work on a novel about the technological singularity, and has weaknesses for bad electronica, horn-rimmed glasses and slobbering canines.
Erica Tarica is well aware that her name rhymes in a rather unique way. Her parents claimed that they did not know at the time. Friends and family describe her as perceptive, hilarious, loyal... a wise owl. Erica has always sought after the deeper meanings in life, to the roots of what makes people happy. In addition to her work as a Tawkify matchmaker, Erica works at Google doing music licensing. She resides in the East Village, loves meeting new people, going to concerts, eating cheeseburgers, and traveling. And just a fun fact: when Erica went skydiving, she fainted before the parachute went up!
Sophia Sparks believes that life is too short to be bored. Having lived throughout Europe and Asia, she's committed to going the distance for adventure, friendship, and love. Naturally intuitive, she realized her gift for connecting people from a young age. Sophia uses her sense of creativity and honesty to guide you on your own exciting journey towards happiness. When she isn't perusing her network for the next match, you can find her skiing, hiking or at the beach with her beloved dog.
Jessie Curtner has an ear for what's not being said. As a matchmaker she uses this ability to make matches based on a deep understanding of her clients inner world. A certified integral coach, dedicated yogi and world traveler, Jessie has a passion for navigating the mysterious parts of life. When she's not working with clients or on her yoga mat, she's likely to be found dancing alone in her kitchen or hiking with her honey. Originally from Colorado, she has called the Bay Area home for the past 8 years.
Kara Kerek has a background in teaching and coaching in the health and wellness industry of NYC. She is a born guide to helping others achieve their optimal selves. The ultimate destination: a happy relationship! Being an empath, Kara feels above all other senses. Her heightened sensitivity allows her to assess who the best match is for you... even when much is left unspoken. Don't be surprised if she starts using all her creative tools. Astrology, numbers, energy and more! She is focused on feeling out the vibe of any situation--- using technology to her full advantage to delve deep with her clients and go the distance.