That week Berlin had been host to the NOAH Conference, an invite-only event comparable to Code Conference or Disrupt back in the States.
According to multiple reports, the gala party two nights earlier had been characterized by a high number of "attractive, glamorously dressed women" who flirted aggressively with the male attendees and handed out business cards.
After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon browsing through the dating app she was currently experimenting with, she hit it off with a nice-sounding guy, and the two exchanged real names and numbers.
She found herself Googling Stuart*, a Brit living in Amsterdam.
He worked at a startup; he was visiting New York on business.
"I was like, oh, he’s kind of …" Neither had plans that night, so they started figuring out where they could meet up for a drink.
First, the in-app chats that go nowhere — or worse, promising matches who ghost on you.It was concluded that these women were escorts, and that they had come to the party at the behest of Ohlala.Several women were rumored to be carrying credit card readers.The presence of escorts at the evening events have long been a wink-wink assumption.By symbolically associating themselves with these women, Ohlala’s party crashers made the company a scapegoat for these rumors. Poppenreiter had already released a statement earlier in the day in response to the outcry, apologizing for letting things "get out of hand." But part of me can’t help but wonder if this was exactly what she had planned.