About Wingdate

Have your single friends ever tried to persuade you to give online dating a try? On one hand, they do have a point - there are tons and tons of single people out there online! On the other hand, it’s stressful and can be a full time job finding the right one! And, if you are like most women, you probably prefer meeting guys in a more relaxed, traditional and fun way - most likely when you are out and about or through friends. And if you’re a guy, what better place to meet your Dream Girl than a place where she’s relaxed, with her friends doing all the work? I’m Dara and I founded Wingdate with a purpose to merge the vast pool of online singles looking for love with a more personal approach of introductions through friends. And there’s only one way to do that - with a trusted Wing Girl.

I pitched the idea to my friend, Warren, a fellow entrepreneur and Ivy League grad like me. Together we refined the idea for Wingdate: a unique online dating platform that allows a girl’s best friends (no, not diamonds, actual friends) to find her a love match. When you are single, you realize that your friends are a great asset and they often have much better taste and judgment than you do. With Wingdate, your best girlfriend, AKA "Wing Girl," can control who you date - making sure you only go out with the most eligible bachelors. We hope you enjoy this site!

Dara & Warren

Our Bios

Dara K. Barker, Wingdate Cofounder

Dara K. Barker is a practicing family law attorney with a natural curiosity about all things "relationship related." You’ll often find Dara sipping a single malt and serving as a Wing Girl to one of her best girlfriends in the hopes of helping her find the one - or at least helping her weed out the total tools.

Dara holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Cardozo School of Law. She lives and works in Los Angeles, but is a New York girl. When not acting as a Wing Girl, Dara can be found at the beach, hiking, cooking, and wine tasting.

You can reach Dara at support@Wingdate.com

Warren Chao, Wingdate Cofounder & Investor

Warren Chao is a media and technology entrepreneur with a passion for helping launch and finance new, innovative web companies. He is also part of the founding team of www.MyDamnChannel.com, an online studio and distribution company that was named one of TIME Magazine's Best 50 Websites of 2011. While Warren continues to run the day-to-day operations of My Damn Channel as their Chief Operating Officer, he was smitten with his cofounder Dara Barker’s idea to provide a twist to conventional online dating in a way that leverages traditional social interaction as well as Facebook’s massive connective power. Warren fully expects www.Wingdate.com to make TIME Magazine’s next top 50 website list.

Warren holds a bachelors degree in computer science from Harvard University, as well as a JD/MBA from New York University. Warren has worked in both Silicon Valley and LA with an emphasis on the intersection of technology, finance and new media - at companies including Intel, TV Guide, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. When not weighing the merits of Ruby on Rails vs. .NET, or helping disrupt traditional Hollywood studio models, Warren can be found ocean kayaking or walking his dog on the beach in Los Angeles.

You can reach Warren at support@Wingdate.com