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Short Bytes: Bae is a mobile dating app crafted for Black singles. Jordan Kunzika, one of the founders and CTO of Bae, has already turned down full-time job offers before even turning 21. Read more to know about this startup and what’s setting it apart. 

According to a survey, more than 30 million Americans have used an online dating service or mobile dating app like Tinder. However, the data also suggests that black online users face some kind of bias and users penalize Black men and women while rating their matches. To change this notion, Jordan Kunzika, Brian Gerrard and Justin Gerrard, have created by a mobile dating app called Bae: Before Anyone Else.

Jordan Kunzika, one of the founders and CTO of Bae, is a senior at Dartmouth college and a first generation Angolan-American. He was also the only black person in his class and faced many challenges due to the same.

“I quickly realized that it was up to me to either let this negatively affect me, or let it motivate me to be successful, so that people who come after me will have role models who look like them,” says Kunzika.

He is a Google Generation Scholar and has completed successful internships with Intel and Microsoft. He has also turned down full-time job offers from Google and Microsoft before even turning 21. Telling why he chose Bae over these tech jobs, he says, “I knew that I could serve a higher calling to represent a paradigm shift in what a tech entrepreneur could look like.”

In his junior year, Kunzika met his co-founders Brian Gerrard and Justin Gerrard who liked his pitch and joined him. At the moment, Bae is spreading all across the world and it’s listed as a Top 50 Lifestyle app in Caribbean and African countries. Kunzika says that there was no place for Black men and women to easily find online dates and this scenario inspired him.

Just like other popular dating apps, Bae users need swipe right if they are interested in someone and left if they are not. However, the proprietary algorithm built by Kunzika sets the app apart. “What users like the most about Bae,” he explains, “is the quality of the matches and that it helps you find those you’re most interested in”.

Over the time, Bae learns your swiping habits and suggests you matches. The founders of the app aim to make it the best dating app in the US and across the African community. The app was also accepted into Facebook’s FbStart Accelerate program and chosen as one the startups of present at Facebook’s developer conference F8.

— With inputs from TechCrunch

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