Or just looking for more talented people to join your team?Have you always wanted to work for a Fin Tech startup and are looking to networking with companies looking to hire? On September 11th, at , we will be hosting a co-founder speed dating, where you can meet business people, developers, CEOs and CTOs, that are looking to join a Fin Tech startup."I want a girl from a good family," said Doron, another participant."Someone who will stick with me when times get tough, someone I can be happy with." The May 31 outing was the first of many planned monthly speed-dating events geared specifically for people who have autism and other disabilities that can make social interaction difficult.For instance, the Tel Aviv event had only seven rounds of seven minutes each instead of the usual 10 rounds, and there were counselors on hand to help the participants, most of them aged 25-30, navigate the rough waters of social relationships.There were also tip sheets that advised the approximately 15 juice-sipping and cookie-nibbling daters in attendance that "this is not the time to talk about your problems" and that they should show an interest in the people they meet, but not subject them to the third degree.The program, which has since had a second speed-dating event, was the brainchild of organizers Rinat Steiff and Adar Pilo, rehabilitation specialists.It is sponsored by Beit Ekstein, a local organization that provides housing, employment and educational services for people with autism and Asperger's syndrome as well as those with mental and learning disabilities and minimal brain damage.
"In general, they're not adept at natural rules of conversation such as who talks, when and how much, when you start talking and when it's time to listen, making eye contact, or being polite even to people who don't attract us."Over the years, different groups have helped us in many areas of life, such as employment, education and housing," said Ro'i, who took part in the speed-dating event."But love is like the proverbial elephant in the room, and most of the time it's ignored." "I want a girlfriend," said Yura, 31, who works as a waiter and lives in sheltered housing.And the MCs prepared participants for disappointment, saying the evening was a valuable exercise in social interaction even if it doesn't lead to long-lasting love.But what is perhaps more important than the differences between this event and other forms of speed dating is the fact that they are all driven by the same underlying realization: Many single people want to find partners, whether or not they are on the autistic spectrum.