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An online dating platform that allows active singles to interact through local activities, events & deals tailored to their interests.


Founded: 2011
Employees: 3
Quick Pitch:


MERJ is a community of active singles looking to meet others who are passionate about the same things. Our program supports local businesses and community events. MERJ offers its members an unique way to “create a date” by selecting an activity, the time and a match. Thus moving them quickly from the dreaded messaging nightmare to a real-world meeting involving an activity both users enjoy.


Founder, Product Designer, CCO

Katy Walker

While getting an art degree at the University of Texas, Katy helped launch a website that pioneered streaming video and won a SXSW interactive Website award in 1999. Throughout her 15 years of experience in online media she has worked with artists, fashion labels, beauty companies, and small businesses, as well as with diverse clients such as Carol's Daughter, Sotheby's, VH1, MTV2 and HBO. She also runs a small record label and is working on a do

Founder, Chief Product Officer

Yee-Peng Chia

Yee Peng Chia has been developing iOS applications for the past 3 years. She is a software developer with over 13 years of experience in the interactive media and digital marketing industries. She has a strong background in User Interface development and has worked with many languages and platforms including PHP, Ruby on Rails, Java and Actionscript. She combines a keen eye for detail with a fine-tuned sense of design to craft exceptional user ex

Founder, Lead Software Architect

Allen Walker

Allen is a Ruby on Rails developer based in Austin, TX. He is an active member of the Austin RoR and start-up communities and has an MBA from the University of Texas. In his spare time, he offers RoR tutoring via his blog at


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