BLOOMBERG - Jan 24 - Pawan Gupta wasn't having any luck finding a match so he teamed up with engineer Rahul Namdev to start an AI-powered matchmaking app, called Betterhalf.AI. The dating app, funded by 15 angel investors including half a dozen MIT alumni, puts users through several levels of verification comprising social networks, phone number, personal and work e-mail, and government ID. New users answer a breadth of questions on moral values, emotions and personality. That information is then melded with data from married individuals, open-source data and compatibility research. Betterhalf is targeted solely at people looking for a serious relationship. The start-up has 15 employees. There's plenty of competition in the new AI space including Truematch. Matrimony.com, which has 3.7M active users, is developing an AI-powered chatbot that it plans to deploy later this year.