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€22,062
pledged of €25,000pledged of €25,000 goal
47
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 13 2018 11:22 AM UTC +00:00

About

We are not our selfies. This crucial insight became the heartbeat of Fuse, the first dating app that makes online dating about your analog world.

A love story.

One year ago, when I'd just moved to Berlin, I swiped my way through the city for a while. I did a whole lotta left-right, matched, chatted, and let my expectations go wild… Only to get disappointed when my virtual Mr. Rights would unmask themselves if it actually came to a date.

My Tinder experience lacked all the magic of those curious instances in life when your soul syncs with another. So I quit the swiping game, thinking that meeting new people online just wasn’t for me. However, there’s a twist to this story… which I'll get to a little later. But first:

Meet Fuse.

A labor of love, born in Berlin and to be raised in London, New York, Tokyo, Rio and anywhere else around the globe. Fuse takes you into someone’s world, rather than on a meat market shopping spree where you make your pick based on looks and ten word bios. Because one thing we learned while trying to realize our vision is that dating isn’t about swiping selfies or savvy algorithms. It’s about meeting someone you truly connect with.

Imagine you’d be able to listen to a person’s voice and discover what moves them, or find out what they love, hate, and want – even before you match. Fuse has three innovative features that together build the app’s beating heart, each of which will make it easier for you to get to know your date:

  • VOICES • hear someone’s voice, listen to their stories, and record your own. 
  • ZOOM • see more than a selfie: discover what people’s lives look like through snapshots of their surroundings. 
  • ESSENTIALS • know what they love, hate, and want and quickly find out the things that matter most.

And this is just the beginning! We’re constantly conceptualizing, developing, and testing new features that will finally fulfil the promise of online dating: help you make unforgettable connections. However, we can’t do it without your help.

Are you ready to become part of our quest for love?

Voices

Dating Disasters • #1: The Voice

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What if you'd be able to actually hear what your match has to say before going on a date? The sound of a voice makes all the difference. On Fuse you can listen to someone's opinions, tune in to their musings, or find out about their guilty pleasures. It works the other way around as well: simply pick one of the 12 categories, hit the record button, and start telling your story!

Essentials

Dating Disasters • #2: Food Wars

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For things to fall into place, the basics need to be just right. Find out what you have in common (and what not) by discovering what someone loves, hates, and wants. It could be anything from why they’re on Fuse, to their militant carnivorism... Vice versa, our Essentials section allows you to make a statement and tell people what they should absolutely know about you.

Zoom

Dating Disasters • #3: The Shining

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Imagine you could dive into their world through pictures. Wouldn't it be sweet to get rid of bad surprises? Zoom is a unique way to discover someone's true colors through creative snapshots of their world, with categories like "I made this", "My crew", "Proud of", and "My place". Take a peek into the worlds of other Fusers and portray the true you by capturing your surroundings.

Smile, don't swipe.

♥ Discover new people by scrolling vertically through your feed. Scrolled past someone? No worries: you can always scroll back up!

♥ Every connection starts with a smile. When someone smiles back, it’s a match!

♥ Start chatting. We support messaging only between people who've mutually consented.

♥ No ‘cold’ matchmaking based on algorithms and match percentages.

♥ Free & ad-free forever.

The Fuse Crew

So, back to the love story. One night, I met this startup guy Jaschar, who had a million ideas for a dating app that would make everything better, and above all, more analog. He’d been cooking up some ideas with one of his best friends, Schorsch, whom I’d meet only days later.

Then it all went really fast: three minds matched, and we vowed to fight for love from that day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer – or at least until we’d be dead broke. Today, here we are: dead broke, but almost done creating the app that will make the world a better place.

What our friends say.

Where we are right now.

"When can I start Fusing?" That's a very legitimate question. Fuse is currently entering a final open beta testing phase with students from the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin. We are working really hard to make the app available for both Android and iOS in approximately 3 months. We'll initially launch in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Australia and aim to gradually spread the love across all borders within two years from now.

Up to this point we've managed to finance Fuse's journey ourselves, working full time for over a year. Alas our savings are running dry, even though we're ALMOST there. That's where you come in!

Here's what we'd use your backings for:

♥ Grow our team with out-of-the-box-thinkers who don't believe in love at first swipe

♥ Get a professional designer to revamp co-founder Jaschar's humble attempts at creating an app interface

♥ Covering ongoing costs, from anything legal-related to the growth of our community

♥ Spread love around the globe

If you don't have any financial means to support us, but you do believe in our project, then please share our Kickstarter project and help us spread the word. Your support, in whatever form, means the world to us!

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Risks and challenges

We have spent the last year trying to make gold out of lead, creating a digital product with an analog soul. We want to bring app technology to a point where it truly lives up to its connective potential, rather than making us into lonely, two-dimensional individuals.

This was and will remain challenging – but we're getting there. We waited quite a long time before we opted to take our project to Kickstarter. That's because we wanted to be able to offer you a platform we truly believe in. Some of our initial ideas had to go after testing them among friends – except for us, no one loved them. So, we came up with new ideas and kept on testing them until we reached a point where it was no longer just us loving Fuse.

Also, we wanted to work through most of the technical problems we bumped into along the way before reaching out to a large crowd, to make sure that we can actually give you the best dating experience possible. With that said, we'll be upfront about the remaining risks and challenges that we face:

1) Like every community-based service starting out, we need to entice enough early adopters to stay with us until more people join in. Just finishing the app isn't enough: we must grow our very own global Fuse crew and we want that crew to be as diverse as possible. Without you (and your friends, and your friends' friends), we don't exist.

2) Fuse is a labor of love. We've spent a full year working on it without compensation, because we are passionate about what we are creating. We believe in the necessity of an app that counters the dehumanizing dynamics of existing dating apps. Initiatives like this Kickstarter campaign help us to fulfil this ambition and allows us to take the last leap and reach out to more people than a traditional donation model would. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, but to put Fuse out into the world, we've come to a point where we need both financial support and a growing community.

Will you help us to do our magic?

CREDITS

We are deeply indebted to our friends, who were willing to share their incredible talent with us along the way:

♥ Viktor, Jasper & Daniel for spending an entire week with us to realize our "Dating Disasters" video series. Their work is amazing, so we highly recommend you take a look at their other productions as well: www.viktorenjasper.com

♥ Juan Pablo for shooting beautiful portraits of our friends and drinking Sekt with us in Görlitzer Park. Find his mesmerizing photography and design on: www.jpca.live

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