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Interview: AnastasiaDate Exec Explains Benefits of Digital Connections

Anastasia was founded in 1993 by a Russian woman who immigrated to the U.S. and married an American. They named the company after the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia who was reportedly a role model for young Russian women. The company originally took groups of American men to Moscow and St. Petersburg on organized excursions to meet single Russian women. The company soon became a success and expanded operations to include more and more cities throughout Russia and Ukraine. Then, in 2003, Anastasia went online and achieved an amazing growth year on year. You can now find them at four of their main sites:,,, and and most recently, on their new App.

To find out more about these existing changes, Male Standard spoke with Larry Cervantes, the Chief Communications Officer at AnastasiaDate; where love knows no bounds. Continue reading to find out Larry’s top tips on how to get the most out of these unique dating platforms, or go online or download the mobile App to connect with dates from around the world. Either way, we hope you’ll find that someone special waiting for you.

How is technology changing how men date?

In today’s digital age, guys are able to use different platforms to meet interesting women both at home and on-the-go (desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, video chat, etc.). Through these platforms, they can also expand their relationship horizons beyond their local neighborhood dating pools to other cities and even internationally. We’ve reached a point in history where now, more than ever, technology allows us to connect with people who have backgrounds, cultures and experiences that may differ vastly from our own. In this way, technology has caused dating to evolve into a more fulfilling, richer experience than ever before.

What are the common dating mistakes men make online?

Men everywhere need to remember that, when meeting women online, there is no need to move the relationship too quickly, which can make you come off as over-eager right off the bat. One of the benefits of online dating is that it takes physicality out of the mix initially, which means that you can take your time getting to know someone and develop a true connection with her. Safety is also important when using online dating websites, and guys need to make sure that they really know the women they are talking with before deciding to meet in-person (and vice versa!). Never give out your personal information from the get-go, no matter how well you think you know her.

What differences can men expect to find when dating online?

Dating online allows men to let their personalities shine through before actually meeting someone in-person and taking the relationship to the next level. Speaking to different women online and learning more about them through this medium enables guys to have more confidence in engaging with women in general, as they’re able to test the waters before meeting face-to-face and try out different conversations and topics. Lastly, guys can find out much more quickly through online dating whether or not someone has the same interests and hobbies as they do – and whether or not they are looking for a serious relationship or just a fling.

Can guys use traditional dating methods on their apps?

Whether you’re dating online or in-person, being respectful, considerate and trustworthy are important characteristics in any relationship, at any stage. Women can tell, even though emails or text messages, when a guy is being respectful, and sometimes that makes all of the difference in whether or not your interaction will move forward. In this respect, guys shouldn’t act any differently than they would if they were talking to someone in-person at a bar or local club. Additionally, all of the creative ways that come with flirting, asking a woman out, planning a first date and telling interesting stories translate online in the same ways that they do in-person. Sense of humor and humility are essential when meeting and talking to women, as well.

Do you have any tips on how to create an interesting profile?

Women are drawn to guys who are confident and unique – and who aren’t afraid to be themselves. When creating an online dating profile, make sure you upload photos that show you doing things you enjoy and talk about activities and hobbies that highlight who you are as a person. Being honest about what’s important to you in a relationship and what you are looking for in another person as part of your profile increases your chances of developing a compatible, genuine connection with a woman.

Is there any data coming in to answer “what women want?”

Just like men, different women want different things. The only way to know for sure what a woman wants is to simply pick her brain and ask. What does she like to do for fun? What is important to her in a relationship? What kinds of things bother her? Does she enjoy traveling? What is she looking to get out of an online dating site? Guys who are straightforward and direct, without being overbearing or playing games, tend to get the girl in the end.

What is your Male Standard?

Confidence, trustworthiness, empathy and respect are the golden standards for success in any relationship, both online and offline. Be open to getting to know new and different types of women, and expand your dating horizons beyond your local bar down the street.

To download the App and get connected, please visit AnastasiaDate.