Luvbyrd.com is for outdoors adventurers looking for some company
Teamwork works, and that’s the idea behind Mike Keshian’s new dating site, LuvByrd.com.
It’s sort of a dating site, but not entirely. LuvByrd.com is for people seeking outdoor adventures and people with which to enjoy them.
Things just go better when there are two of us. One can wait in line at the movie theater while the other one parks the car. You get better seats that way. And you get a better room rate when it’s a double.
Try to belay yourself while you’re climbing.
Some people are fine doing things on their own. Others want someone along, Keshian said.
Outdoors, not left out
Keshian was living in Crested Butte, loving the outdoors and enjoying life. He spotted a television Farmers Only commercial and thought there should be something like that for skiers.
Thoughts are wonderful things. He started kicking the idea around and then buying domain names. He decided skiing might be a little too narrow as a niche market.
“I decided to combine all the outdoor activities,” he said. “People get to learn new activities or do things they already enjoy, and hopefully get outside and enjoy them together.”
“There wasn’t anything like that out there,” Keshian said.
There is now.
Keshian is trying to fill a niche with LuvByrd.
“I figured if there could be a farmersonly.com, why couldn’t there be a dating site that focused on people with outdoor interests?” he said.
One man’s story
John Weaver is an outdoor enthusiast looking for a relationship. He said he was certain he wasn’t the only one and figured a site like this should exist. He did some research and found that it does.
“And it’s right here in Colorado,” he said.
Weaver said it’s a really great way to meet single people interested in the outdoors. He likes to trail run and mountain bike in the summer and alpine ski in the winter. So far, he hasn’t had any problems finding people who like to do the same thing.
“Online dating, in general, is a highly efficient and easy way to meet like-minded people. LuvByrd narrows it down even more. It’s easy to navigate. There has been a lot of interaction. The people tend to be engaging,” he said.
Skills and sensibilities
LuvByrd lets you filter potential partners by their favorite activities and skill levels. If you only ski blue runs, then you can find someone else who only skis blues, Keshian said. If you like century rides — 100-mile bike rides — then it will help you find someone fit enough to go the distance.
A new app and website are also in development, which will make it more streamlined to sign up.
“Outdoor enthusiasts are on the go. They don’t want to sit in front of a computer scrolling through profiles,” Keshian said.
Say you’re skiing Vail. The app will tell you if someone on LuvByrd you’ve contacted before is there, and where on North America’s largest resort they are. You can contact them, or not. It’s up to you, Keshian said.
Users create a profile with their favorite summer and winter activities, as well as ski areas they ski and ride most. Members can then search out their potential companion who matches. Members can also look through the profiles, which can lead to some conversation.
“I didn’t want the site to be generic like most other dating sites,” Keshian said. “I wanted to create something that would help people find common ground.”
Speaking of common ground, he’s sponsoring a pre-Valentine’s Day event, Feb. 6, at Loveland ski area. You get raffle tickets for each chairlift you ride and for each person you ride with.
“It’s like speed dating but on the chairlifts,” Keshian said.
He has high hopes, but like all startups, it isn’t throwing off money just yet. For now, he drives for a transportation company and does other odd jobs to make ends meet.
One of the oddest of those odd jobs is working summers as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, every summer for six years. He didn’t do it this summer, but said he wishes he had.
Anyway, he came up with the LuvByrd idea and had a buddy draw up a website.
He went to Alaska to work the summer on fishing boats. When he got back, the website was designed, and his idea took flight.
He launched it in June 2014. It’s growing, up to more than 2,000 people in one year. Most of those signed up this summer.
If you don’t live in Colorado, you can still join LuvByrd, but for now you’re going to connect in the Centennial State.
Keshian said expanding to other Western states is in the foreseeable future.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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