An Epic of Love, Money, the Internet,
and an Eccentric Astrologist named Raymond
A few years ago, my friend Josh
Adler and I
started a computer dating service called Scholastic
Matchmakers. The company is dead now, but we're still alive.
These days, I'm a graduate student at USC working towards a Ph.D. in computer science, and trying to
avoid the temptation of making millions of dollars at a startup. Josh
is trying to make millions of dollars at a startup. But I'm getting a little
ahead of myself.
This is our story.
Part 1: Finding Profit in Teenage Angst
Part 2: A Partner in Crime
Part 3: The Old Adage: It Takes Money to Make Money
Part 4: Victims of our Own Success
Part 5: Building a Better Mousetrap
Part 6: The Glory Days and Raymond's Love Machine
Part 7: The Best Laid Plans
Part 8: The French Pound the Final Nail into our Coffin
Part 9: Epilogue
- Our Original Web Page
- This is an archive of our company's original web page. It was up at
www.amour.com from September 1995 until we sold our domain name in November of 1997. It
described how the fundraiser worked.
- Our Posters
- We gave each school free posters that they could copy and put up
around the school. The posters encouraged students to buy their
- The Dance
Buy your list now, or start calling grandma!
- The Tatoo Parlor
Don't let this happen to you!
- The Washington Post Article
- On February 12, 1996, The
Washington Post published a 2-page article by Peter Behr
describing our company.
- Page 1
Includes a picture of me in my Hopkins dorm room with our processing
- Page 2
Includes a picture of Josh at his desk at Yale.
- The Mercury Hour
- The day that the Washington Post article was published, Raymond sent me a page from an astrology
magazine called The Mercury
Hour. He wanted me to help him set up astrologically arranged marriages.
- The Textbook
- In 1998, Harcort Brace
published a highschool textbook called Holt Economics that
described our company!
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Last updated: 3 May 1999