Qutie: Making Dating a Breeze
At the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), we love to see unique businesses create distinctive services that cater to the LGBT community. Qutie, a dating and social app targeted to the LGBT community, is engaging LGBT individuals one swipe at a time!
Dating and making new friends can be difficult and daunting. But thanks to Qutie, it’s now easier for you to meet fellow LGBT individuals. Founded by Jordan Weiss and Rachel Kimelman in 2014, this app is intended to include ALL members of the LGBT community.
“With people on the go and limited accessibility for people in our community to meet, we recognized a problem,” said Weiss. “Bars aren't always the best option, and while existing apps have answered the hookup-oriented market, they've failed to provide a space for relationship-oriented users. That's why we set out to provide something more. We formed a comprehensive and inclusive platform, tailored specifically for the LGBTQ community.”
The platform itself is very unique, applying different formats from various dating sites to create its own system.
“The Qutie app is a hybrid of the swiping system and the profile system,” said Kimelman. “We allow people to engage more easily by having extended profiles and questionnaires which allows users to actually get to know more about who they're talking to. We also allow for the ability for users to be specific about their identity and preferred pronouns.”
Before they developed LGBT media inc. and Qutie, Weiss worked in wellness and personal training. Kimelman has a background as a licensed clinical social worker with vast experience obtained from over 10 years working in the field of mental health. Kimelman expressed that the skills she acquired when working with people has helped to shape her into the entrepreneur she is today.
After 5 years in business, Kimelman and Weiss are looking forward to the future and setting lofty goals.
“We want to continue user growth and to further enhance the user experience. We also are looking to procure additional investments, partnerships and sponsorships as we believe in the long term prospects of the business and we have the means to deliver,” said Weiss.
The duo also had stellar advice for their fellow LGBT business owners that all of our Certified LGBTBE® companies should consider.
“Have a support system,” Kimelman said. “Being an entrepreneur can feel like a rollercoaster, especially an LGBT entrepreneur. It is important to have people that you can talk to or rely on during difficult times.”
Want to learn how to become a Certified LGBTBE® like Qutie? Visit our website to learn more!