People who grow tired of making endless app conversation and engaging in idle chit-chat over cocktails can turn to 3nder or Ohlala to get down to business.
On Pia Poppenreiter, a Berlin-based entrepreneuer with a masters degree in ethics serves as Ohlala’s CEO.
The Observer talked to Poppenreiter to find out why people confuse it for an escort service and how it’s better at making dates than regular apps.
“I think that people are really seeking convenience in certain offline encounters. To meet someone and have an offline encounter quickly.
What we see is that conventional dating apps often fail to deliver that service to users,” Poppenreiter said.
Ohlala delivers a date to your door–but for a price. On first dates, there’s always the possibility of a power imbalance, but Poppenreiter believes it no longer exists when both parties are upfront about what they’re looking for.
While it certainly sounds Sugar Daddy influenced, the bottom of the page reads, “Ohlala is not an escort service.
Escorts are not welcome.” Still, it’s hard to ignore that it has been described as “Uber for escorts.” While it may seem like a gateway towards becoming a sugar baby, it seems similar to what people’s outside views of apps like Tinder are.
Ohlala labels itself a female empowerment app, but Poppenreiter doesn’t think it’s a feminist dating platform, like Bumble.“I am more an equalist than feminist, but I believe in strong women who know what they want. Unlike, say, Match.com, Ohlala is not pretending to be for those looking for serious relationships.Ohlala calls itself “the dating app designed to empower female users”–but others call it an escort service.Once you sign up for Ohlala, male users create date requests and list their budget. When a female user accepts the man’s request, a chat opens up and both parties can agree to the terms and go on a date.
Poppenreiter believes Ohlala’s users are looking for “fun, for a certain period of time, where expectations are crystal clear.” The amount daters are willing to spend on Ohlala varies, depending on the day of the week and the duration.Longer dates on the weekend tend to cost about 0 to ,000.