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Sean Rad Is Back As Tinder CEO
MASHABLE - Aug 12 - Tinder is reinstating co-founder Sean Rad as CEO, five months after he was replaced by Chris Payne. Payne, a former eBay and Microsoft executive, is leaving the company, and Greg Blatt will step in as chairman.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... r-ceo.html
German Social Discovery App Raised $14.5 Million
PRNEWSWIRE - Aug 11 - Spotted is a social discovery app that connects people who cross paths every day. It turns missed opportunities into second chances. The startup raised $14.5M from Media Ventures GmbH from Cologne, and Prof. Wolf M. Nietzer's Wolfman Holdings GmbH, the Deutsche Balaton AG affiliate in Heidelberg, Germany.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... llion.html
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Asian Dating App Yogrt Raised $3M
TECHINASIA - Aug 12 - Yogrt is a location-based dating app that uses games and quizzes as a tool to break the ice between couples-to-be. The startup has raised a $3Mn series A funding round from Centurion Private Equity and Linear Venture. The app plans to strengthen its presence in Indonesia and expand into other Southeast Asian markets.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ed-3m.html
Snap Interactive Q2 Results: Revenue Down 7.6% YOY
MARKETWIRED - Aug 13 - Q2 revenues decreased 7.6% YOY to $3.2M and subscription revenue decreased 2.4% YOY to $3.1M. The operating loss was $0.2M, reflecting an improvement as compared to a loss of $0.3M in Q2 '14. Active subscriber count was flat (98K). The Grade app saw an increased user activity with ~8M swipes. (81% increase from Q1 '15)http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... 6-yoy.html
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Lulu Is Now A Dating App, Relaunches In Brazil
ZDNET - Aug 14 - Lulu, the controversial men review app, is relaunching in Brazil with new functionalities that includes access to men, who will be able to view their "scores" in the app, a chat function that will allow women to initiate conversations with men. When Lulu first launched in Brazil in 2013, the app faced legal issues from men who felt offended by comments made by former partners. The new version of the app will no longer require users to link their Facebook profiles to the tool. Anyone on the app can delete their profiles and reviews with an automatic self-removal function.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... razil.html
Tinder Is Not Happy With Vanity Fair Story
CNN - Aug 12 - Tinder has unleashed an epic rant on Twitter, issuing ~30 messages attacking Vanity Fair and the story’s author, Nancy Jo Sales. The magazine’s story, which ran with the headline, “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse,'” portrays Millennial daters in a less than flattering light, and explores how digital dating apps including Tinder are changing courtship and sex. Tinder claims Sales didn’t contact them for her story, and it wasn’t happy that she later tweeted a link to a survey that found 30% of its users are married. “My article isn’t even about @Tinder lol,” Sales tweeted.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... story.html
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Bumble Introduces New Verification Feature
TECH CRUNCH - Aug 10 - Bumble, the dating app where only women can initiate the conversations, is introducing a new verification feature - VIBee. The verification is based on users' positive contributions to Bumble. Verified users get a sticker on their profile and will be able to turn on a mode where they’re presented only with other VIBee users. The verification process is driven by an algorithm that takes into account behavior like what % of a user’s conversations are two-way, if a user has ever been reported for spam or abuse, or how likely a user is to follow up on conversations.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ature.html
Lesbian Dating App "Her" Launches In Canada
NOWTORONTO - Aug 8 - Her, the lesbian dating app that first launched in London, is coming to Canada. It is not just a dating app, it also functions like Facebook or Pinterest. Users can share articles and other content about their interests. Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit and Michael Birch, founder of Bebo and Y Combinator, are both investors in the venture.?http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... anada.html
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