Teleport is a new video-first dating app that offers an experience inspired by the real world and face-to-face connections. Rather than having its users endlessly swipe to find prospective matches, Teleport connects people with shared interests, passions and beliefs, and introduces them to one another via invite-only, five-minute "microdates." With their app, co-founders Chad Goodman and Tyler Greenberg are on a mission to introduce the next generation of online dating. As Goodman told Bustle, "I wanted to create an experience online that buries the inauthenticity of swiping, scrolling, fake profiles, and endless texting."
Since the start of the pandemic, online dating app users have become more receptive to video chats for introducing themselves to others. Now, some of the most popular apps are leaning into video chat features to spark organic, authentic connections.