• Modern Connection Podcast

  • Steve Dean, Host, Modern Connection Podcast

    Join host Steve Dean, a dating industry consultant, relationship coach, and modern superconnector, in search of the philosophies and practices that help us stay deeply connected to one another in the face of the global loneliness epidemic.
     

    Let's build a world where we can wake up each day feeling total agency, total antifragility, and a resounding excitement for what we can unlock, discover, learn, and create together.

  • Episode 5

    From Crippling Loneliness to Modern Superconnector

     

    Special Guest: Helen Tsim
     
    Helen Tsim is a community builder, coach, and entrepreneur who's working to empower the world with the skills, opportunities, and tribe to help people form meaningful connections with themselves, their communities, and the planet.
     
    In this episode, we talk about the foundational building blocks of human connection, how to overcome crippling social anxiety to become a superconnector, and what the modern limits of connection look and feel like. We also discuss our favorite tools and practices for modern connection.
  • Episode 4
    One Algorithm to Help 50 Million People Find Love

     

      Photo credit: https://narratively.com/the-code-of-love/

      Special Guest: Tom Quisel

       

      Tom Quisel is the former CTO of OkCupid and former engineering manager at Stellar. As of january 2019, Tom became the VP of engineering at the Stellar Development Foundation.

       

      In this episode, Tom and I discuss:

      • How Tom got his start working at OkCupid, one of the most popular dating sites in the world
      • The efforts Tom and the OkCupid team went through to help reduce bias in dating apps
      • Experiments OkCupid has done to better understand just how superficial modern daters are
      • OkCupid's discovery that we are, in fact, absurdly superficial
      • The surreal story of how I introduced Tom to his fiancé.
      • Tom’s post-OkCupid career in healthtech and IoT, using apple watch and fitbit data to predict conditions like diabetes and multiple sclerosis
      • Tom's subsequent foray into the cryptosphere, building products that empower individuals to send cross-border payments without those exorbitant fees, enabling low income individuals to more easily send money to their relatives in other countries
      • Ideal strategies for sending first messages in online dating
      • Strategies for dating in small towns vs. in cities
      • Whether Facebook's new dating app dating will make a meaningful difference in the dating industry
    • Episode 3
      Using Theory of Mind in Dating & Life

      Special Guest: Anne Coleman

       

      Anne Coleman is a Philadelphia-based educator and developmental psychology researcher who spent 7 years teaching high school English and Theater before she transitioned into research at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work examines the development of Theory of Mind —also known as perspective-taking — in adults, with the hope of better understanding how teachers use informal psychology in the classroom.

       

      When she is not teaching or conducting research, she can be found romping with her rescue dog, directing plays for a community theater group, and moonlighting as a speechwriter for a congressional campaign.

      You can follow Anne's adventures on Instagram at @AnneHLColeman

       

      In this episode, Anne and I discuss her response to a question I recently posed about people's biggest struggle in dating. Anne's response was most upvoted!

    • Episode 2
      Online Dating Insights:
      Profile Photos & Messaging Strategies

      Special Guest: Max Alley
       
      Max Alley is a former employee at the world-renown dating app Coffee Meets Bagel and the founder of MatchUp Online Dating Coaching.
       
      In this episode, Max and I go head to head as two dating consultants, sharing our best tips and strategies for profile design, profile photos, first messages, and the most common pitfalls people run into when they get started with online dating.
    • Episode 1
      How to Deepen Connection in Everyday Relationships

      Special Guest: Amelia Broughton

       

      Amelia Broughton is a connection savant, having trained for years in the art and science of interpersonal connection. In this episode, we explore what types of connection are missing from modern society and how to reconnect in ways that are so simple, yet so critically overlooked by most people alive today.

    • Episode 1
      How to Deepen Connection in Everyday Relationships

      Special Guest:

      Amelia Broughton

       

      Amelia Broughton is a connection savant, having trained for years in the art and science of interpersonal connection. In this episode, we explore what types of connection are missing from modern society and how to reconnect in ways that are so simple, yet so critically overlooked by most people alive today.

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