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Anupam Mittal Steps Down As Shaadi.com CEO, Replaced By Gourav Rakshit
VCCIRCLE - July 9 - People Group founder Anupam Mittal has stepped down as CEO of online matrimonial portal Shaadi.com to focus on global expansion and new areas of business. Gourav Rakshit, who was the COO, takes over as Shaadi.com's new CEO. People Group plans to raise a big round of PE funding later this year. Mittal, who is an active angel investor in several startups, started Shaadi.com in 1996 before forming People Group to look at other opportunities in technology space. Mittal has made angel investments in ~60 startups.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... shit-.html
Dating App Once Raised $3.5M
VENTURE BEAT - July 9 - New York-based app Once received a $3.5M seed round from Partech Ventures and some private investors. Once’s model is to send one match to each user at noon. Once users are paired up, they will see each other at the same time. Each person gets notified when the other person is looking at the profile. And, if both are interested, the app lets them talk. The app is similar to Coffee Meets Bagel which is not a coincidence. Both apps follow the lead of the South Korean app I-UM, founded in 2010.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... d-35m.html
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Two Former RSVP.com.au Executives Launched Indian Dating Site
STARTUPSMART - July 9 - Australian-based dating startup Troozi was developed by Lija Wilson and Nikhil Jain, who met in 2005 while working for Fairfax on RSVP.com.au, Australia’s biggest dating website. Troozi is primarily an online dating site, with an app and a mobile version. Troozi is still in beta, and claims 115K members. It’s currently monetized through a subscription-based service and advertising on the site. Wilson says they’ve so far targeted marketing to just Mumbai and Delhi, but ~28% of users have been gained organically through word-of-mouth.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -site.html
Tinder And Expedia Hooked Up For A Study
PASTEMAGAZINE - July 9 - Expedia and Tinder are hooking up, putting their brains together. They have recently collaborated on a Foreign Affairs Study that explores how Americans conduct certain “affairs” abroad. According to the study, most American travelers who use Tinder prefer to use it when traveling in a group rather than solo. 30% of Americans would be willing to take a weekend getaway with a partner within the first 1-3 months of dating.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... study.html
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Coffee Meets Bagel Launches In London
STANDARD.CO.UK - July 9 - Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating site founded by three US-based, South Korean-born sisters, uses Facebook profile to recommend matches based on users’ friends of friends. Every day at noon, users receive their top match and have 24 hours to "like" or "pass". The app is already available in the US, Hong Kong, Sydney and Toronto.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ondon.html
Dating App "Blend" Uses Actual People To Screen Potential Users
METRO.US - July 10 - Dating app Blend lets users sign up with Facebook and LinkedIn, and then uses real live people to filter through the candidates. Accepted users get three invite codes to send to their friends. The app will also limit the number of 18 to 24 year olds to 35% of the total users.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... users.html
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Iranian First Official Matchmaking Site Encourage Marriage But Not Dating
TIME.COM - July 9 - Iran has launched its first official matchmaking website to try to encourage young people to marry. There are currently ~350 unofficial dating sites in Iran. Online dating is forbidden by the state, and since Iranians use these sites for dating and not necessarily marrying, the state regularly closes the sites. Nearly half of all Iranians 18 - 35 are unmarried according to Tebyan Cultural and Information Center, a government affiliated organisation that has launched the website to combat the rising trend among Iranian youth to marry later or even forego marriage completely. Everyone who registers on Tebyan’s website has to undergo an interview at the site's headquarters.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ating.html
Tinder Goes Hands-Free, Heart Rate Swipes Right Or Left
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - July 7 - Developers in Texas have created an app that uses heart rate to determine how users really feel about a person's profile on Tinder. Called Hands-Free Tinder, it uses heart rate sensors built into wearables. When a profile is opened, the heart rate monitor starts tracking the wearer's pulse and if there is a noticeable increase, it assumes they like the profile and the app automatically generates a right swipe. The app will launch 'soon' on the Apple App Store as well as Google Play.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -left.html
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