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.
When Tara suggested a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, Stuart was into it: "Okay cool, my hotel is super close to there," he messaged back. This guy seemed nice and normal and safe and she was down for a fun night out with a visiting stranger, but she drew a hard line when it came to sex on the first date. "I thought that was the expectation." These kinds of conflicting agendas will be familiar to anyone who’s done much Tindering or Bumbling or Ok Cupiding, where one person’s one-night stand is another person’s chance at finding The One. This was Ohlala, and Stuart had already agreed to pay Tara $600 for their date.
The mention of the hotel gave Tara pause, and she asked him what exactly he had in mind. "I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t know who you’ve met [on this app], but I’m not going to fuck you, I’m sorry,’" she says. The Ohlala headquarters are located on a sleepy block in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of Berlin, in an old prewar building one block from where the Wall once stood.
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.