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Jared Nissim is the founder of social networking websites The Lunch Club, Meet The Neighbors and Speed Friending.
The Lunch Club
In December 2001, while working from home as a corporate/technical writer, Nissim began posting to Craigslist with the aim of finding lunch companions. After months of informal lunches and craigslist postings, a community network of hundreds of people formed. At first, members of the network referred to it as "The East Village Lunch Club" because Nissim kept his gatherings local to his neighborhood, Manhattan's East Village. In mid-2002, when Nissim formalized the club as an organization and established a website, he dropped "East Village" and left the name as "The Lunch Club".
Meet the Neighbors
In March 2005 Nissim established an additional event format called Speed Friending. After attending a speed dating event in 2003, Nissim adopted the format but changed the concept to fit in with The Lunch Club's mission to help people make friends. The service launched in New York in March 2005 and expanded to Boston and San Francisco the following year. In 2006 the term Speed Friending was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
- "Fancy lunch? Great ... what's your name?". The Guardian. April 4, 2006.
- "The Links to Friendship; An Online Search for Fun, Without a Look for Love". The New York Times. December 12, 2003.
- "Meet on the menu". The Boston Globe. March 22, 2006.
- "Letting the Internet Knock on the Door". The New York Times. November 14, 2004.
- "Meet Your Neighbors, but Just Not in Person". The New York Times. October 22, 2007.
- "Crossing the Virtual Street". Time. September 26, 2005.
- "Relationships: You Had Me at... 'Wow!'". Newsweek. February 5, 2006.
- "And the word on the street is..." BBC. October 12, 2006.