These members are willing to meet new people, but don’t have time to meet potential new dates or friends with no shared interests or connection. The chance to wine and dine over shared passions in groups erases pressure to perform one-on-one, and gives more room to spark a genuine platonic or romantic connection. “When meeting new people, it’s good to have a focus and some ice breakers to put people at ease,” explains Kate Jackson from startup TableCrowd. “Dining out does just that. You have the combination of the food, restaurant and ambiance as the first level of conversation, which allows people to become comfortable with each other before the conversation goes deeper.” TableCrowd diners-myself included-can vouch that the camaraderie created by food, plus dining with those who share similar interests, fosters new connections. One diner, Mindy, joined her first table on a colleague’s recommendation. New to London, she’s found TableCrowd to be a powerful tool for knowing who to meet and where to dine throughout the UK Capital. Get the full story at The Next Web