He worked at a startup; he was visiting New York on business.“I was like, oh, he’s kind of Neither had plans that night, so they started figuring out where they could meet up for a drink.
According to multiple reports, the gala party two nights earlier had been characterized by a high number of “attractive, glamorously dressed women” who flirted aggressively with the male attendees and handed out business cards.Though you wouldn’t know it from walking down the pin-drop-quiet residential street, the neighborhood has become home to several startups including Sound Cloud, which has an office a couple floors down from Ohlala.When I arrive, there’s a mood of weary intensity among the eight or so team members present.Crucially, women are not visible to men before they initiate conversation — it’s the inverse of the backpage listings to which it’s often compared. From there, the couple can chat and discuss the whens and wheres of their impending dates, as well as a payment method and their boundaries, if they so please.(In-app payment is currently in the works, the team tells me.) When the terms are agreed upon, the chat is logged, and presumably both parties are incentivized to show up.It was concluded that these women were escorts, and that they had come to the party at the behest of Ohlala.
Several women were rumored to be carrying credit card readers.
If you want to bring a third, you can propose that as well.
Either way, the goal is to get exactly what you want that night.
Launched in August 2015, Ohlala is a web-based app that facilitates what it calls “instant paid dating.” Male users post offers for dates, consisting of a time, a duration, and how much money they’re willing to pay — a typical offer is from 1–4 hours at an average price of $300.
While the request is up, women can decide whether or not they’d like that person to be able to contact them.
“Search ‘hashtag escortgate’ on Twitter.” I do so as we step out to the balcony and she lights up a Marlboro Red.