Ren Lu You is searching for love—and willing to pay $10,000 to the Cupid who makes it happen. The Harvard business grad/Birmingham, Ala., resident says he's been on 30 dates in the last 10 months but none have set his heart aflutter, reports WGN. Now, the private equity associate, 29, plans to simplify the dating process by getting people to recommend women to him through DateRen.com. If he dates any of the women for more than six months, he'll add $10,000 to the lucky referrer's bank account. "It's pretty simple," writes You, who describes himself as a non-religious non-smoker who likes tennis, hiking, and board games. "I save a ton of time on finding romantic prospects and going on bad dates. You make a bunch of money for something you might have done for a friend, just for fun." Sorry, ladies, but you can't refer yourself—at least not if you plan on claiming the money.
You, who is 5'9" and 155 pounds, tells the Clarion-Ledger that most of his friends in Alabama are married or dating. He wants that for himself, and has "more money than I need and less time than I'd like"—hence the offer. If you want a guy who's "a little bit nerdy, thinks way too much about everything, is physically active, and a generally pretty normal guy," You says he may be the one for you. But what is he looking for exactly? Someone who's "intellectually curious," likes watching movies and eating takeout on a Saturday night, and "knows the difference between 'astronomy' and 'astrology.'" Doubtful he'll live up to his end of the bargain? "If I found somebody that I'm really into, am I really going to break it off just to save myself ten grand? I don't think so," You says. He hasn't had much time to rifle through submissions, which have gotten out of hand, but says some look "pretty promising." (Perhaps he's a good match for this woman.)