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Dating app Charmr invites users to ‘push the paw’ to find pet-loving potential partners

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Startup Spotlight profiles emerging tech companies in the Pacific Northwest. Do you run a standout startup? Apply for Startup Spotlight . Charmr CEO and founder Manish Methai with his pup Ladoo, named after an Indian dessert. (Photo courtesy of Manish Methai) Instead of swiping right, a new dating app asks lonely hearts to “push the paw” to find a potential match.

Charmr , a Bellevue-Wash.-based startup, hopes to make friend- and love-connections through peoples’ passion for pets.

CEO and founder Manish Methai was introduced to a Maltese pup named Goodie on his second date with a woman. Man and canine hit it off, and Methai realized that Goodie’s good opinion of him mattered to his date — whom he ultimately married.

“One of the things that sealed the deal was that her dog approved.” Methai said.

The company officially launched in March, though Methai has been working on the idea for more than two years. The app has hundreds of active users with a focus on the Seattle area, and plans to expand across Washington and the West Coast. Charmr has seven employees.

The COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed some of the venues for app users to meet up, but with outside interactions generally […]

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