Brandon Wade

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Brandon Wade
Born 1970 (age 47–48)
Singapore
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
Nationality American
Other names Brandon Wey[1]
Occupation Businessman, internet dating entrepreneur
Website askbrandonwade.com

Brandon Wade (born 1970) is an American businessman who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of InfoStream Group, an online dating company. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MIT Sloan School of Management[2] and a former software engineer. Wade's web sites have been criticised for being comparable to escort services.[3][4][5] However, according to the terms of Wade's web sites, escorts are not allowed.[6]

Early life[edit]

Born in Singapore to ethnic Chinese parents, Wade was raised in what he describes as a "Tiger Mom–type of upbringing" consisting of studying and not much else.[7] While growing up in Singapore, Wade attended Saint Andrew's Secondary School and Hwa Chong Junior College.[8]

In 1993, Wade graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering on an Overseas Merit Scholarship awarded by Singapore's Public Service Commission. Upon graduating in 1993, Wade opted to stay in the United States, breaking his contractual obligation to return to Singapore and forcing his parents to pay about $300,000 in damages.[9] Wade then enrolled in the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 1995.

Career[edit]

After completing his MBA, he moved to New York City to work for technology consultants Booz Allen. He later joined General Electric as a technology infrastructure manager.[10]

Wade is the author of two books titled Seeking Arrangement: The Definitive Guide to Sugar Daddy and Mutually Beneficial Relationships [11] and Connecting with the IN Crowd: How to Network, Hang Out, and Play with Millionaires Online.[12]

In a 2014 essay for CNN titled Dating website founder says love doesn't exist,[13] Wade wrote, "Love is a concept invented by poor people."

Dating websites[edit]

After graduation, Wade joined dating websites and even joined a dating agency, but describes himself as "super-nerdy".[14] His "aha" moment came when his mother told him to focus on his studies, because "one day when you’re successful and generous, the girls will come."[15]

Wade's controversial websites, which are based around rich men paying for dates with attractive women, have been widely criticised by the media, with Forbes,[16] The Atlantic,[17] ABC News[18] and MSNBC[19] all reporting on the moral ambiguity of the websites Seeking Arrangement and WhatsYourPrice.com. The websites have been accused of treating their female members like prostitutes,[19] with WhatsYourPrice.com being described as "indistinguishable from prostitution".[20] It has been reported that a large proportion of women using the site are students,[21][22] and about 40 percent of the male users are married men.[23][24] Wade has strongly denied there is an illicit side to the site.[25][26]

In America, Wade has hosted Sugar Daddy dating events to publicise his sites.[27] In 2012, Wade held the first Sugar Daddy party in London.[28] According to Wade, the website already has a large membership in the United Kingdom.[29]

In 2007, Wade launched a companion dating site WhatsYourPrice.com, a dating website where members bid for dates in an online auction environment. In May 2012 he launched MissTravel.com, which pairs 'generous' travelers with 'attractive' travelers who would love the opportunity to travel the world for free.[30] Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast criticised MissTravel.com for its lack of safety precautions, including the high potential for sex trafficking.[23] And in May 2015, Wade launched OpenMinded.com, a dating website that caters to those who are monogamish with the goal of providing a safe and stigma-free environment that brings the ease and flexibility of online dating to the currently underserved world of open relationships. [31] He further states the website caters to those looking to engage in 'ethical cheating'. [32]

Personal life[edit]

Wade lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. He met his third wife Tanya when he interviewed her for a job, and married in February 2012 after dating for two years. Wade is currently divorced and single. Wade speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Padawer, Ruth (2009-04-10). "Keeping Up With Being Kept". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-05-19. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Jim. "How This Never-Been-Kissed MIT Nerd Built A $10 Million Sugar Baby Dating Empire" Business Insider. April 27, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Edwards, Jim (27 April 2012). "How This Never-Been-Kissed MIT Nerd Built A $10 Million 'Sugar Baby' Dating Empire". Business Insider. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Wade, Brandon (29 September 2014). "Dating website founder says love doesn't exist". CNN. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Jefferies, Adrianne (23 April 2012). "Online Dating Entrepreneur Starts an Escort Service Disguised as a Travel Site". The Observer. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Login - Terms of Use". SeekingArrangement. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  7. ^ Stern, Marlow. "Brandon Wade: The Man Behind ‘Sugar Daddy’ Websites Miss Travel and Seeking Arrangement" The Daily Beast. May 10, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Tai, Janice. "Boss of sugar dating sites on the defence" The Straits Times. Aug 30, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Boss of controversial dating websites a PSC bond-breaker" AsiaOne. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  10. ^ Edwards, Jim. "How This Never-Been-Kissed MIT Nerd Built A $10 Million Sugar Baby Dating Empire" Business Insider. April 27, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Seeking Arrangement: The Definitive Guide to Sugar Daddy and Mutually Beneficial Relationships". Amazon. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  12. ^ "Connecting with the IN Crowd: How to Network, Hang Out, and Play with Millionaires". Amazon. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  13. ^ "CNN — Dating website founder says love doesn't exist". CNN. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  14. ^ Edwards, Jim. "How This Never-Been-Kissed MIT Nerd Built A $10 Million 'Sugar Baby' Dating Empire" Business Insider. April 27, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  15. ^ Hall, Alan. "100 Founders Share Their Top "Aha" Moments - Guess How Many Jobs They've Created So Far?" Forbes. October 15, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  16. ^ "Paying for Dates". Forbes.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Worse than Prostitution?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dating Website: Members Buy, Sell First Dates". ABC news. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "New Dating Site Treats Members Like Prostitutes". MSNBC. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Chen, Adrian. "New Dating Site Indistinguishable From Prostitution". Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  21. ^ Daily Mail Reporter. "Financial sex aid: Students seeking 'Sugar Daddies and Mommies' to pay for college degree" Mail Online. February 16, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  22. ^ "Sugar and spice and all things nice"
  23. ^ a b Stern, Marlow. "Brandon Wade: The Man Behind 'Sugar Daddy' Websites Miss Travel and Seeking Arrangement". Daily Beast. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  24. ^ Furness, Hannah. "'Sugar daddy' dating site to launch in Britain" Daily Telegraph. May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  25. ^ Koppel, Nathan. "A Q&A With Brandon Wade, Mr. Sugar Daddy" Wall Street Journal. August 17, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  26. ^ Padawer, Ruth. "Keeping up with being kept" NYTimes.com. April 10, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  27. ^ Schuster, Dana. "Are you my new sugar daddy?" New York Post. August 17, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  28. ^ Satherley, Jessica " Coming to Britain soon: The 'Sugar Daddy Parties' where young women hook up with wealthy older men (for money)" Mail Online. October 29, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  29. ^ Swaine, Jon. "America's 'sugar daddy' scene moves to Britain" Daily Telegraph. October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  30. ^ Misstravel.com MissTravel.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  31. ^ Wells, Jane. "OpenMinded.com: New dating site caters to the monogamish" CNBC. May 11, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  32. ^ Rosman, Katherine. "Is There Such a Thing as Ethical Cheating?" New York Times. July 16, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2018.

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