Entrepreneur Profile: Dawoon Kang, Founder of CMB


It’s incredible. And now that same convenience is entering into our love lives in the form of a site called Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB), which just launched today in NYC.

It’s quite simple. After signing in through Facebook, CMB will match you with one person every day at noon. This person isn’t just some rando; more often than not it’s a friend of a friend whom you’ve never met before. You have two simple options: like or pass. If you pass, it’s over. That person is gone, and tomorrow is a new day.

If you click like, things get a bit more interesting. Well, they really only get more interesting if that special someone happens to “like” you, too. If such a connection occurs, you and your new love interest will be immediately connected through a text message sent from a private company phone line. How convenient, right?

It gets better, though. Once you’re connected, CMB will hook you guys up with free gifts from dating spots in NYC like Billy’s Bakery, Cafe Grumpy, and Pierre Loti for your first date.

The company has plans to roll the service out in four other cities by the end of the year, but for now this app is for New York-based love birds only. Other cities will be added once Coffee Meets Bagel receives 1,000 emails from users in this or that city who are interested in the service.

So what is the inspiration behind your company's name?

With a flood of dating applications and websites, what do you think it is about your process innovates the dating industry? Is there an incentive in ease of use over a complex process like eHarmony?

What about the perks, how do you think these allow you to stymie the already awkward process of a first date?

What is the biggest failure you have experienced in your career? How did you learn from your failure?

What advice would you give other young people about pursuing a career in the face of failure?

3 Tips of Success

What does success mean to you and your business?

When our team gets invited to a wedding by a couple met on Coffee Meets Bagel--that's a success!

What plans do you have for your career that we would have never suspected?

How do you plan on expanding your business, keeping it relevant in the future?

5, 10, 50 years down the line when you’ve achieved everything you aspire for today, where do you see yourself?