As Linx’s reputation grows, its services are being sought around the world.
(Andersen doesn’t advertise, though she did appear on the rapper 2 Chainz’s Viceland network show, Most Expensivest, last summer). Catering to the elite, Linx is in rarefied company along with Kelleher International in Corte Madera, Exclusive Introductions in Los Angeles, Selective Search in Chicago and Serious Matchmaking in New York, among others. I was 40 years old and woke up one day and said, ‘I want a baby.’ All my friends were married and they didn’t know any single people.” Andersen advised her to forego her work-day outfit—jeans, Polo shirts and penny loafers—in favor of more feminine skirts and heels on dates.
He didn’t want to troll bars and had struck out on dates suggested by mutual friends.
He wanted a partner who respected his devotion to his children and his international work schedule and who also shared his Christian beliefs.
There are another 900 members who Andersen has personally screened as potential matches for those clients and a database of 25,000 others waiting to be screened. Most clients go out at least three times, Andersen says, and dozens are now married with children, including a prince from a royal family and a couple who talked until midnight on their first date at Woodside’s The Village Pub and were engaged nine months later.
For 15 years, Andersen has coached some of the region’s more cerebral minds in emotional IQ and grooming.
Andersen saved up money by working at Merrill Lynch and forged ahead full-time with Linx (its “x” symbolizing “a big hug,” she says) in 2003.
Her first office was at a table at Starbucks on Polk Street, where she interviewed 10 potential clients a day about their backgrounds and the qualities they wanted in a mate—appearance, religion, personality and income among them.
Surrounded by three of the wealthiest Zip Codes in the country, its high-design interiors and higher-powered happy hours have given a county known for coding a new sense of cool.
Halfway to the hotel, Rudolph pulls into Starbucks for his morning coffee.
It’s discretion and results that draw them to Andersen, a 42-year-old former investment adviser who conducts one-on-one meetings with clients and shuns algorithms in favor of intuition.
“Helping someone find the love of their life in what would otherwise be a lonely, scary, frustrating experience,” says Andersen, “is incredibly rewarding for me.” The wealthy set’s pockets are bursting, but their hearts are lonely, as Linx’s roster of 300 paying clients shows.
(Smoking is a big turnoff, she says.) She moved to Palo Alto in 2005 and is now at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, a bucolic compound of Spanish Colonial buildings dating to the 1930s.