Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Joshua Adler ’01

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DivorceBond (www.divorcebond.com; https://divorcebond.app.link/NKFZdj1juH) was created when I, along with my co-founder, David Zulberg, noticed what people wrote on the status of their dating profiles. It seemed most people were “single” with no children. Given the divorce rates in the United States, this is statistically impossible. We concluded that people did not feel comfortable, for whatever reason, writing their true status on popular dating apps.

As anyone who has been divorced or is going through a divorce knows, it doesn’t usually happen suddenly. In most cases, it is a process and journey of many stages that can take months, or even years. During that time, some people feel ostracized from the community of which they were previously a part. In the aftermath, most people not only need support but want to rediscover themselves and their enjoyment. More importantly, they want to connect with others who have had a similar experience. DivorceBond was developed as a platform to foster this environment.

Our status choices allow users to identify as separated, mediating and already divorced.  We encourage you to be upfront because there are millions of people who are going through your exact stage. However, we also recognize that privacy is important. For this reason, you can choose to hide your profile from other users except those you’ve decided to match with. The app is gender-neutral. The matching algorithm will pair you with other members based on 24 interest categories, men or women. You can search globally, as well as refine your search by a nationality or university. We encourage members to connect and just ask questions, gain support, look for some fun as a distraction or meet your next partner.

The regular dating app platforms are also one dimensional and static. We wanted to create an “experience” – not just a match card swiping service. We created our “Moments” wall (which is a global feed) and “Events” tab (which pulls in dynamic content from Facebook) to combat this fundamental weakness.

Posting a fun or family picture or inspirational quote that is meaningful to you allows users to gain a better understanding of you as a person and your individual experiences. Events that our users are attending also give a better idea of personality and the potential for joining other like-minded people at the event. Both features integrate profiles so you can easily click on the poster and potentially connect with them. We believe that these unique features provide a deeper look at someone’s personality and helps open a dialog between people.

Divorce is a reality of life. There is no need to pretend the situation doesn’t exist or omit information about yourself when you are ready to meet someone new. Don’t just read about someone else’s experience; create and share your own through DivorceBond!

More information can be found at www.divorcebond.com. Or you can reach me directly at jadler@divorcebond.com.

 

Joshua Adler

Joshua Adler

Josh Adler '01 is from Seattle, Washington, and currently lives in New York. He is the co-founder and president of DivorceBond (www.divorcebond.com). Josh graduated from Syracuse University in 2001 with a double major in finance and information technology. The first 15 years of his career were spent on Wall Street where he specialized in leveraged finance and emerging markets. He is an avid traveler and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Josh created DivorceBond because he saw a hole in the market and wanted to make a better product.
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