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LA First Dates has been pairing singles with potential soulmates since 2007. The company fast-tracks first encounters by holding two to five speed-dating events per week, each divided by age group and other demographics. During events, participants spend five minutes mingling with each of the other people and secretly record the name of the person they like. If two names match, the organizers pass along their contact information so the two can schedule follow-up encounters.