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Tinder Has A New CEO - Chris Payne, Ex-eBay Exec
SEEKING ALPHA - Mar 20 - Chris Payne, until recently the head of eBay's North American marketplaces ops, has been named the CEO of Tinder. Payne replaces co-founder Sean Rad.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -exec.html
PlentyOfFish Surpasses 100 Million Users
THE CANADIAN PRESS - Mar 16 - It's been a steady ascent for the homegrown startup which CEO and founder Markus Frind launched from his Vancouver apartment in 2003. By 2008, Frind had 15M signups, $10M in revenue and doubled his workforce - to two. The company has doubled its revenue since 2012. There are 4M users daily, and POF employs ~70 people now.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... users.html
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Lesbian Dating App Dattch Raises $1M And Rebrands To "Her"
TECH CITY NEWS - Mar 17 - Having found its users weren’t quite sure of the name, Robyn Exton has rebranded his lesbian dating app Dattch to Her. Robyn Exton has also revealed a seed round that will see the company expanding in the US market, while going increasingly global. The investors include Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, Michael Birch, founder of Bebo, and Andy McLoughlin from Huddle.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... o-her.html
Spark Networks Director Purchases 10,000 Shares Of Stock
THE LEGACY - Mar 18 - Director Lee K. Barba purchased 10K shares of the company’s stock on the open market. The shares were purchased at an average price of $3.78 per share, with a total value of $37,800.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tock-.html
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eHarmony In The Age Of Tinder
WSJ - Mar 16 - eHarmony has reached record subscribers, 778k members and makes 15m matches a day, up from 5m a year ago. Revenues are now over $275m. Read the interview with Dr Warren and Armen Avedissian of eHarmony.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... inder.html
Gleeden Sued For Targeting Married People
BBC - Mar 18 - A dating site for married people is being accused of breaking the law. A court in France must now decide whether the company is illegally encouraging spouses to cheat. Fidelity in marriage is written into French civil law. In France, all law is based on written codes which can be amended by parliament. Judges are free to interpret the codes, but their room for manoeuvre is much more limited than in a common law system like the UK's. And in Article 212 of the Civil Code, it states: "Married partners owe each other the duty of respect, fidelity, help and assistance." The ads which caused such horror among conservatives and Catholics encourage wives to think that cheating is both permissible and fun. One poster displayed on buses and metros shows an attractive young woman in a bridal dress with her fingers crossed behind her back. The message is clear: vows are for suckers. Founded in 2009, the website says it has 2.3M members in Europe including one million in France. It has smaller operations in the US and other countries.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... eople.html
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Hinge Makes India Debut
FINANCIALEXPRESS - Mar 19 - After being launched in London last month, dating app Hinge will now be available to smartphone users in India. Hinge, which has so far raised $20M, is also open for a strategic partnership in India. “While we do not plan to raise any more funds at the moment, we are looking at regional partnership that would help in building our app’s presence in the country,” added Justin McLeod, CEO, Hinge.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... debut.html
Jiayuan.com Establishes Special Committee To Evaluate "Going Private" Proposal
PR NEWSWIRE - Mar 16 - Jiayuan.com International, operator of the largest dating site in China, has established a special committee to consider the non-binding proposal letter from Vast Profit Holdings Limited that proposes a "going-private" transaction involving the acquisition of all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company not already owned by Vast Profit. The Special Committee is composed of the following independent directors who are not affiliated with Vast Profit. Mr. Jianzhang Liang resigned from his position as a director of the company.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... osal-.html
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