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Oakley Capital Bought German Dating Site Parship

PRESS RELEASE - Apr 2 - Oakley Capital bought Parship, one of the leading online dating services in Europe, from the founding company Holtzbrinck Digital. The transaction is expected to close in May. Parship was founded in 2001. The company saw ~60M Eur in revenues in 2014, an increase 35% YOY. Oakley Capital, headquartered in London, is a private equity firm which focuses on investments in telecommunications, information technology and media. ... rship.html

Coffee Meets Bagel Begins International Expansion With Hong Kong

FORBES - Apr 3 - Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app that has been making waves in the US ever since the founders went on the popular TV show SharkTank and rejected investor Mark Cuban’s offer of $30M. The company went on to close a $7.8M series A financing round earlier this year. Coffee Meets Bagel arrived in Hong Kong on March 4th. Founder Dawoon Kang wouldn’t reveal membership numbers but did say that the service has achieved “consistent 20% week on week growth” since launch. Facebook is proving a key platform for spreading interest in the app. ... -kong.html


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Tinder Is Getting Into The Music Game

FORBES - Apr 4 - Recently, Tinder has started partnering with companies and media properties to bring fake profiles to the service, introducing them as if they were just regular people. Pop singer Jason Derulo became the first musician to use the new promotional strategy to launch a new single. In Jason’s case, a right swipe gave users a link to his YouTube video. ~1.1M people swiped right in just three days. Tinder also claims that 14% of those that liked Jason also clicked the link in the profile, which brought them right to iTunes. ... -game.html

A Mother-Daughter Team Created A Dating Site For People With Autism

HUFFINGTON POST - Apr 2 - Kirsten Fitzpatrick doesn't know when her husband is mad, sad, frustrated or irritated unless he specifically says so. She's unable to process the body language cues, so the couple must practice very clear-cut verbal communication. She was diagnosed with autism in her 30s. Her 18-year-old daughter, Olivia Cantu, is also on the autism spectrum. Cantu has experienced social difficulties just like her mother. So they launched Spectrum Singles, a dating site for people on the spectrum. The site has a Spectrum Compatibility Test (SCT) which is a 184-question test that asks about social preferences, sensory tolerance or intolerance, and views on sex and physical affection. ... utism.html


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_____________________________________________________________________ Hiring 'Date Explorer' To Travel World

MIRROR.CO.UK - Apr 2 - To mark its 20th anniversary, is looking for a "Date Explorer". The successful candidate will jet off on an all-expenses-paid, around-the-world trip to gather dating tips and expertise from New York, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Paris and Stockholm. To apply visit Applications open on April 2 and close on April 30. ... world.html

Tinder Would Be Worth $1.6B As A Standalone Business

BUSINESS INSIDER - Apr 2 - JMP Securities analysis says that Tinder would be worth ~$1.6B as a standalone business, 20% of IAC's market cap. JMP is also optimistic about the number of users who will start paying for Tinder. It says that monetisation from Tinder could become 5% of IAC's revenue in 2016, bringing in $121M from subscriptions. JMP also predicts that 2.2% of Tinder users will pay for Tinder Plus by 2016. Tinder could bring in $70M in ad revenue by 2016. ... iness.html


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Australians Are Spending ~$75K A Day On Dating Scams

SHEKNOWS - Mar 30 - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed that Australians spend $75K per day on online dating scams. Over just 12 months, ~$27M had been reportedly lost around the country through online dating scams, up from $23M in the previous year. ... scams.html

Tinder Decreases Spams By 90%

IBTIMES.CO.UK - Mar 31 - Tinder works with mobile identity solution provider Telesign to bring down the number of fake profiles. Tinder has succeeded in bringing down the level of bots masquerading as attractive users and has decreased the level of spam afflicting the social app by 90%. ... y-90-.html


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