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Match Group Dating Revenue Up 5%

WSJ - Oct 29 - IAC’s Match Group reported revenue of $230.2M, an YOY increase of 12%. Dating revenue grew 5% due to 6% growth in North America and 3% growth in International. The growth in Dating revenue was driven by increased paid subscribers (up 9%). Adjusted EBITDA decreased 11%. ... -up-5.html

Venture Group Benchmark Takes Small Stake In Tinder

WSJ - Oct 28 - Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Benchmark has taken an equity stake in Tinder and general partner Matt Cohler will join its board. The companies didn’t disclose the size of the stake, but Re/Code reported Benchmark didn’t invest any money. Instead, a small stake will be traded for Mr. Cohler’s time and expertise. the publication said. ... inder.html


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Online Dating Startup Raised 600K

PEHUB - Oct 28 - San Diego-based has raised $600K in seed funding from undisclosed investors. The startup, founded by two female execs, uses DNA analysis to determine if a potential date has the “chances for long-term chemistry, greater compatibility and overall relationship success.” ... -600k.html

JDI Dating Fined $616K For Fake Profiles

OPW - Oct 29 - In one of the most significant fines imposed by a government on an online dating site, UK based JDI Dating Ltd was fined by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission $616,165 for use of fake profiles. The FTC claimed that JDI dating and its owner William Mark Thomas misrepresented their fake members to lure consumers to pay for memberships. Called "virtual cupids," fake profiles were indicated by a small “v” encircled by a “C” and observed within the profile. The FTC viewed the icon as difficult to both see and understand. ... files.html


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Zoosk Launches New 'Dating Insights' Feature

PRESS RELEASE - Oct 27 - Dating Insights is a new patent-pending feature that allows members to see a holistic, data-based view of their dating activity and preferences as determined by Zoosk's Behavioral Matchmaking algorithm. Zoosk's Dating Insights is broken up into three sections: Who Likes You, Who You Like, Your Dating Style which sheds light on a member's activity levels and gives tips on how to use the information they've gathered through Dating Insights to become a more successful online dater. ... ature.html

Plenty Of Fish Bets It All On Mobile

BCBUSINESS - Oct 21 - POF grew into one of the world’s most popular dating websites. Despite the popularity of its iPhone and Android apps, POF's old revenue model is under siege, as advertising doesn’t work well on the smaller screens of smartphones. POF will need to evolve to survive. POF CEO & Founder, Markus Frind, says that for people under the age of 35, 90% of POF’s visits now come from phones rather than web browsers. Frind says up to 60% of the company’s “tens of millions of EBITDA” still comes from its website. POF’s apps make money from upgraded memberships Frind is the first to admit monetization on mobile has a ways to catch up. Mark Brooks, one of the Internet dating industry’s few consultants, says that while Frind will never have the deep pockets of IAC, POF’s mobile numbers are promising. Now he just has to figure out how to make mobile visitors as valuable as its declining desktop ones. Brooks points to Craiglist for inspiration. “Most people think it’s entirely free,” he says, “and it is—except for people who want to advertise jobs, and they make a lot of money from that. Mobile is pretty much a land grab right now,” he says. “Grab as many users as you can, then figure out what to do with them.” ... obile.html


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Rise Of The Feminist Tinder-Creep-Busting Web Vigilante

THE ATLANTIC - Oct 27 - Many women say they've received harassing or offensive messages on dating sites. Many women feel overwhelmed and leave messages unreturned. One blogger recently ran an OkCupid experiment for which he set up five fake male and female profiles. After a week, all of the women had received at least one message, the most attractive women had received hundreds, but several of the men remained un-contacted. This kind of rejection can foment a kind of deep resentment among the male daters. A growing contingent of women are dedicated to exposing the shady, hostile, and crass entreaties they get from their digital suitors. There’s Straight White Boys Texting, Dudes of Tinder, a Tumblr collecting a combination of outlandish profile photos and gross messages, and ByeFelipe on Instagram. ... lante.html

Tinder, The Fast-Growing Dating App, Taps An Age-Old Truth

NY TIMES - Oct 29 - In the two years since Tinder was released, the app has exploded, processing ~2B swipes each day and matching ~12M people. Tinder is fast approaching 50M active users. People log into the app 11 times a day. Women spend ~8.5 minutes on the app during a single session; men 7.2 minutes. All of this can add up to 90 minutes each day. On Tinder, there are no questionnaires to fill out. Ms. Carbino, who recently concluded a Ph.D. candidacy at the University of California, joined Tinder to help the company understand what kind of visual cues could cause a person to swipe “like” or “nope.” The style of clothing, the pucker of the lips and even the posture, Ms. Carbino said, tell us a lot about their social circle, if they like to party and their level of confidence. While companies like eHarmony still assert they have a “scientific approach” to helping people fall in love, some dating sites are starting to acknowledge that the only thing that matters is the picture. ... truth.html


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