Desperately seeking Silicon Valley studs

Will the guys emerge from behind their monitors to meet potential mates when a matchmaker comes to town this fall?

Published August 30, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)

Last year, the annual convention of the American Singles organization was held in Anchorage, Alaska -- the state with the largest surplus of single men in the nation. Unfortunately, explains chairman Rich Gosse, the convention happened to fall on the first day of the hunting season, which meant that all those sporty Alaskan hunks whom Gosse had promised to the female attendees were out with their guns instead. There were three woman to every man in the room, he says: "It was a disaster."

This November, Gosse is taking no risks, and has planned the national singles convention to take place in Silicon Valley instead. "This time I am guaranteeing that any woman will meet at least one good man or I will give her her money back," Gosse says.

After all, he says, the odds in Silicon Valley are pretty darn good for gals: Not only is Santa Clara County the metropolitan area with the highest percentage of unmarried men in America, according to recent studies, but it also boasts a number of wealthy bachelors who are still trying to figure out how to spend their Net economy riches.

"The women that are coming are going to want to meet one of these Internet millionaires -- and there are thousands of them, so they'll be easy to meet at this convention," says Gosse, who says many of these rich Silicon Valley bachelors participate in his matchmaking site. He figures plenty of them will show up, balancing out the hordes of women that usually attend his events. Silicon Valley's men are really looking forward to this, he says: "These guys are shell-shocked; wherever they go they only see men."

By Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is a contributing writer for Salon.

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