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The OPW/iDate Industry Insider is the weekly news summary for the dating industry

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Ignighter Fires Up $1.8M

CITY BIZ - Jan 6 - Group dating site Ignighter has raised $1.8M of a targeted $2.4M from six investors. Previously, the company raised $2.7M of a $3.1M offering from 25 investors. Ignighter launched in NYC in August of 2008 and has users in 28 countries.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... p-18m.html

Tingle Claims To Be Safer Mobile App

EXAMINER - Jan 6 - Tingle is Canada’s most popular mobile-only iPhone dating app, and is now extending its service to the U.S. It comes with some interesting new features, including a Voice Chat system that allows people to talk via phone without actually exchanging phone numbers. Another feature is called "Karma" - so named for its intention to bring out better behavior in Tingle's users. Karma prevents people from setting up fake profiles and discourages them from stalking other users. Members have to earn their Karma points to reach more people and send more messages.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... e-app.html


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Fake Pals Are Better At Hitting On Women

WSJ - Jan 6 - Thomas Edwards, runs a service called "The Professional Wingman." For a fee of $125, Mr. Edwards accompanies his clients to the event and posed as their good pal. Susan Baxter, founder of "Hire a Boston Wingwoman," says she launched her business specifically because her friends were fatigued by online dating. Ms. Baxter, whose fees start at $130, insists that clients who go out with a pro have better odds of success than those who troll with an untrained male buddy. Often, the friend "says stupid stuff, like 'my friend thinks you're hot,'" she says. Josh Mitchell started his Indianapolis wingwoman service, "Miss Pivot," last year after attending an event for young entrepreneurs. Mr. Mitchell now runs Miss Pivot with a team of five friends, including a "head coach," plus eight freelance "pivots" for hire at $45 to $65 an hour. For the dates, the pivots generally stay away from nightclubs, and go to bookstores, coffee shops or pubs.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... women.html

Jiayuan.com Flirting With Disaster

THE STREET - Jan 6 - Jiayuan.com is a very popular dating site in China. However, like most of the Chinese Internet space, the shares have been pummeled recently, falling by more than 70% from 2011 highs. RenRen, which many investors felt would bottom out at $5.00, now trades at just over $3.00. On Dec. 21, Jiayuan hit an all-time low of $5.50, prompting management to announce a share buyback program of up to $10M. The share price immediately jumped as much as 20% to over $6.50. However, the initial enthusiasm has proven to be short lived and the share price has drifted back down to the $5 to $6 range once again.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aster.html


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Irish New Year's Resolution: To Start An Affair?

THE INDEPENDENT - Jan 4 - According to extra-marital dating sites such as Illicit Encounters, Lovinglinks.com and MaritalAffair.com, the start of the year is the time most married men and women will sign up to commit adultery. IllicitEncounters .com, is expecting a 300% rise in new members this week having previously discovered January 4 to be "the most adulterous day of the year". "Christmas and New Year are times when couples spend an intensive period of time with each other and their families," explains extra-marital expert and spokeswoman for Illicit Encounters, Rosie Freeman-Jones. "This can be quite claustrophobic and sometimes leads to a 'cabin fever' situation where both parties feel irritated with each other and cracks in the relationship start to surface. Illicit Encounters alone has 43,000 Irish members.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... fair-.html

For Matchmakers Love Knows No Recession

CRAIN'S NEW YORK - Jan 3 - Revenue at Lisa Clampitt's Manhattan matchmaking firm, VIP Life, which caters exclusively to men, has doubled over the past two years. She charges each client $12K a year and serves 30 men at a time. In New York City, there used to be three or four high-end players in the industry, according to Ms. Clampitt. “Now there are at least 12.” Lisa Ronis, founder of Lisa Ronis Personal Matchmaking in Manhattan, said her business, with three part-time employees, has grown ~10% a year. Her fees start at $15K for a year of service. “Last year was my best year,” said Ms. Ronis. “My clients are well aware of the recession, but they feel vulnerable now and want to connect in a meaningful way”, she said.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ssion.html


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Mamboo.com: Interest In Online Dating To Grow By 60%

PR NEWSWIRE - Jan 3 - This Christmas, Mamboo.com noticed an average 40% increase in user activity. Mamboo is reporting some interesting statistics, including members sending 30% more online gifts, as well as a 38% increase in spending on the site. The number of messages sent and received by members also doubled. Mamboo also forecasts a rather romantic January, with 60% more traffic to their site expected during the first two weeks of the year.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... by-60.html

International Matchmaking In Korea

KOREA HERALD - Jan 3 - A revision to the Law on the Management of Marriage Agencies was among the scores of bills that passed the National Assembly on the last few days of 2011. The revised law contained provisions to punish marriage brokers introducing women under the age of 18 and introducing two or more women to an applicant at the same time with up to three years in jail and a maximum fine of 20M won. The law requires notarization of documents providing the personal data of Korean men seeking foreign brides and raised the punishment for running an unregistered marriage brokerage business to a maximum five years’ imprisonment and 50M won in fines from three years and 20M won. As of the end of 2010, 1,253 agencies were registered with the authorities for local and overseas business. Over 30,000 international marriages are reported each year.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... korea.html



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