NY TIMES - Sep 27 - The first speed dating-like event was organized in 1998 by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo in Beverly Hills. Within a year or so, the speed-dating idea had gone viral, with imitators around the country. Deyo and his friends trademarked SpeedDating, they began the process of filing a patent. But as the trend exploded, Deyo realized he had lost control of the idea. "Online dating has better return on investment," says online dating coach Evan Marc Katz. "You might not meet as many people in a month, but you will get to choose those people."
by Pagan Kennedy
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