This was also my first time in Montauk, so I was impressed with the lavish setup of fancy couches and pillows on the beach right by the shoreline.That, and I was very much into the chicken kebabs and sliders being passed around on tiny plates. For the first hour, there was an open bar, so I once again made sure to take advantage of it to get my fair share of mingling moxie via free drinks.(Once in the app, you can even further specify if you want the education level of your matches to be "highly selective" or merely "selective.") The ideal user is smart, ambitious, and successful, according to the app's website.On July 31, The League held an exclusive party at the Surf Lodge hotel in Montauk, New York, promising great cocktails and an even better sunset.(For the uninitiated, Montauk is a newly hip vacation destination town at the eastern tip of Long Island, and the Surf Lodge is at the center of its young, trendy scene.) We were invited to attend and cover the event as press and arrived via party bus, though the vast majority of people on the bus were not press, just eligible members of The League.Brett had been on the app for a few weeks, whereas Jarry had it for only a couple of days, and neither of us was sure exactly what to expect.Jarry: When they told us the "party bus" was BYOB, some people decided to bring six-packs of beer, but I decided to bring low expectations.
Although I'm usually quick to be social at events like these, I felt immediately more reserved and uncomfortable initiating conversations with the passengers around me. One of the first lines I casually eavesdropped in on from a user was:"Wow, that girl is like a model, bro.
(I don't live in Murray Hill because I'm not a masochist.) If I ever hear someone say "DUUUDE! There appeared to be only one other nonwhite person, but she was also press, so that doesn't count.
Yes, you are more than welcome to create a dating app for "the elite," but not if it seems like "the elite" you are looking for consists almost exclusively of white people.
This part of the evening was actually quite pleasant and only helped to maintain my naïve optimism.
Jarry: At one point, one of the finance bros passed around a nude photo some poor girl had texted him in confidence. Sweeeet." Did I mention that we suffered through five hours of this?
After a bit of settling in, I spotted The League's founder, Amanda Bradford, and left my newfound media friends to go chat.