Compared to the artificial intelligence-driven product Tran used to work on, Color Dating is no technological feat. Plenty of dating apps already allow you to state a racial preference, but Color Dating’s main draw is community, he said, bringing together people who don’t mind or who prefer interracial dating.
After three months, Color Dating has nearly 40,000 user profiles.
As a woman, I know that sometimes talking about gender with a male partner – even if he’s well versed in all things feminist – can feel exhausting.Answer: In my opinion, “people of color” is an effective way to describe non-white people in the United States.One can correctly argue that “white” people are people of color, or that some Latinos are white; however, unless the goal is to endlessly argue semantics, it’s more useful to use a common phrase to describe people who are commonly thought of as not being white by the white majority in this country.There is only one human race and we are all originally from Africa.That’s not a concept that the majority in any culture gives into easily, however, so I think there’s much to be gained by using a simple and well-recognized phrase that everyone can understand.“I had a lot of experience growing up where I just talk with people and they’d be like ‘Oh yeah, I think you’re cool, I think you’re nice, but I just don’t date Asian guys,'” he said. Hearing that sort of rejection and then scoring few matches on Tinder can make you feel unattractive and like nobody wants you.While that used to be a source of “growing frustration” for Tran, today, he believes attraction can be a subconscious amalgamation of upbringing, environment, and other factors, and that people should be allowed to express their preferences when looking for love.Sometimes I don’t want to chat with someone who only has a theoretical understanding of gender oppression.Sometimes I want to talk to someone who just gets it.After being selected for Y Combinator’s 2014 class and working on creating an artificial intelligence-fueled chatbot, Vu Tran decided three months ago to scrap that project and create Color Dating, an app for interracial dating.It’s been said that when entrepreneurs create something, they are often their own target audience, and for Tran it was a personal pivot.