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Gaydar Has Been Sold To The Creator Of Channel 4's Big Breakfast

PINKNEWS - May 17 - British TV producer Charlie Parsons, who created Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast and The Word, has added to his business portfolio. QSoft Consulting, the former owner of dating site, announced in May 2012 it was seeking a “significant cash investment” to fund its “ambition for global growth”. Gaydar founder Henry Badenhorst has left the company and the new management team, led by Trevor Martin, will include Charlie Parsons and Mark Speeks who will both join the Gaydar board of directors with immediate effect. ... kfast.html

Sizzr App Aims To Help Women Find Women

STRAIGHT - May 16 - Vancouver entrepreneur Jacqueline Clarke started up Sizzr App which is a female-to-female app that will help women hook up with one another. Clarke is taking measures to ensure that this app will remain exclusive to female users. A secure validation plug-in, which will require the use of personal ID, such as a driver's license, will verify the gender of users. Clarke says that they'll be launching an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to raise legal and development fees. Beta-tests with free downloads are planned for June. ... women.html


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Tinder Is Like Pandora For Hooking Up

LA WEEKLY - May 17 - On Tinder app users anonymously reject others almost solely based on their profile pictures. They can also initiate conversation with only those they're actually interested in, under the condition that the interest is mutual. There are no personal statements, compatibility quizzes or rating systems. Since launching Tinder in September 2012 with CEO and fellow USC alum Sean Rad, Justin Mateen says the app has made~40M matches and eight marriage proposals. Tinder's four co-founders are all in their mid-to-late 20s and collectively hold bachelor's degrees in business and marketing. But Tinder is far from their first. Mateen founded Sitecanvas, a website builder that was used to create and maintain sites for Taylor Swift, supermodel Adriana Lima and other celebrities. Meanwhile, Rad founded a matchmaking service of his own: Adly, a startup that matches celebrities seeking to endorse products on Twitter with companies willing to pay for those endorsements. ... ng-up.html

eHarmony Undergoes Revamp

BUSINESSWIRE - May 15 - Code named “Malibu,” the redesign of eHarmony is comprehensive, with a particular focus on the member profile pages. The new eHarmony member profile showcases each individual in a touch-friendly, side-scrolling magazine. eHarmony also removed all third-party ads. In addition to revamping the member profile pages, eHarmony transformed the famous eHarmony relationship questionnaire from a daunting, clinical form into a welcoming, easy-to-use experience. The new sign-up process now takes half the time to complete, and the company has seen a 20% increase in the number of users who finish the questionnaire. eHarmony also revamped the Personality Profile, which will be released later this week. ... evamp.html


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Cupid's Shares Fall Close To 2010 Level

HERALD SCOTLAND - May 16 - Shares of Cupid have retreated towards the 60p price they listed on the stock exchange three years ago after the Edinburgh-based group came under renewed attack from short sellers. They are now down 16.3% since the start of May. Cupid's pre-tax profit rose 31% to L9.2M in 2012. ... level.html

Founder2be Took A Lesson From Online Dating

FORBES - May 15 - Back in 2011, Oliver Bremer was seeking a partner, a co-founder, with which to kick off a B2B-type software startup. He was not having much luck. Then it struck him that if people take to social internet sites to find love and find jobs, why not startup co-founders? And so Founder2be was born. “It’s like meets LinkedIn for startups,” Bremer said. “It’s online dating to find a cofounder.” People sign up for the service and create a profile that reflects what they are all about in the hope of attracting like-minded potential partners. So far there are~ 14K profiles across 100 countries. ... ating.html


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eHarmony Wants To Help You Get A Job

WASHINGTON POST - May 14 - For over a decade, eHarmony has been helping people find a date. Now, the company wants to help people find a job. eHarmony is developing a career service that would connect employers with job seekers. eHarmony is entering an already crowded market dominated by Dice and LinkedIn. And while critics have knocked traditional job boards such as Monster and CareerBuilder as outdated, these sites still accounted for ~18% of external hires in 2012. eHarmony product is still in development and is estimated it will launch in the Q2 2014. ... a-job.html

eDarling Managing Director Steps Down

VENTURE VILLAGE - May 13 - German dating site eDarling, which last week bought back its shares from US partner eHarmony, has lost its Managing Director, Christian Vollmann. Vollmann will, however, remain on as an investor in the company and also likely as an advisor. The investors in eDarling all contributed to buying back the company from eHarmony, including founders David Khailil and Lukas Brosseder along with Rocket Internet and Holtzbrinck Ventures. The exact reasons behind the buy-back remain unclear. ... -down.html



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