We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Rosenblum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is a part of life, and I continue to grow the most when I step outside of my comfort zone. I don’t think this is any kind of revolutionary thought — but it’s a thought that can be hard to act on. To me, life is about being just comfortable enough where you don’t go crazy — but not so comfortable that you don’t try anything new. If you asked me 3 years ago what I would be doing now, I wouldn’t be able to tell you at all! I had no idea I would have taken the risk of starting my own business. I’ve struggled myself with finally taking that leap, but I’ve always done it eventually — from going to college on the other side of the country, moving to a city without ever visiting and making a total career change. All of these experiences (that might seem risky) have made me the person I am today. That’s what I have to always remind myself of when a new idea or big change is on the horizon. About a month ago I took a huge risk, something I’ve been contemplating for about two years — leaving my stable day job and going full-time entrepreneur. As I began to make this decision, self-doubt started to creep in and tell me all the things that scared me the most. Can I make enough money? Will I be successful? Where will the business end up? Once I told my mind to be quiet, I was able to see all the positives this risk would bring and how it wasn’t even a risk at all. It was about following my passion and getting fully invested in something great that I had created.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Social: Modern Matchmaking is all about helping Colorado’s singles find real and authentic connection through blind dates and singles events. We work with people who want a serious relationship, who have a great job or career, stable financial situation and have dreams, goals and passions in life. We match people up based on more than just a photo and a quick bio — we do a 1-hour initial interview to get to know everyone we work with, and run a background check. Our goal is make dating authentic and fun! We do that by making sure everyone who joins fits our specific criteria and by setting up all the dates for our members — all they have to do is show up! I’m most proud of how we are able to set up daters for success through our arsenal of confidence builders. Whether that’s a dating coach, therapist, trainer, barber or stylist, we want to help our members put their best selves out there on a date. I can’t say it’s been easy to get to this point. It’s taken a lot of hours of thinking, brainstorming, talking to other business owners to get to where I am now. I’m definitely not done growing, there are some really BIG things coming up for The Social and I can’t wait to show everyone when the time is right! In the end, I hope that The Social: Modern Matchmaking can give singles hope, in what can be a very disheartening dating world. Our company is all about creating a sense of community so we can set our daters up for success to find their life-long partner!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So many great places to choose from! Whenever someone is visiting I want to show them so many things it’s hard to pick. My ideal itinerary might involve something we can’t do during a pandemic, but here it is. We’d start in Denver to get them a little more acclimated to the altitude. We would begin at my new favorite brunch spot — Toro. It’s deliciously dangerous — with bottomless drinks and food for brunch! We would spend a few hours there catching up. Then we’d wander around cherry creek, do a little shopping and then go to a Broncos game (I’m picturing them having a Sunday late afternoon game). We would have more fun eating and drinking than actually watching, but would cheer them on regardless. I always want to get my friends up to the mountains when they visit. The next morning we would head up to Vail for either a hike or to ski. We would be home in time to make a home cooked meal and go to bed early – yes I’m lame like that! Some other key spots I would want to hit include: the Denver art museum, Rino – to take photos with some of the amazing street art and probably a Corepower yoga class.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be where I am today with my matchmaking business with my family! I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and it’s always been instilled in me that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I also could not have accomplished what I have without the free advice, legal and business help. Gotta shoutout my amazing and supportive fiance who moves all of my heavy materials to and from events and listens to my constant stream of crazy ideas. And my friends — who let me test out new ideas, and let me be the first to put them in my matchmaking database. I also want to recognize the 3 to 5 club that I joined at the start of the pandemic. This group has helped give me the resources and even more confidence to go out on my own.