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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.

- Attend iDate October 14-16 in London: http://www.internetdatingconference.com
- iDate Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted until Oct 31 : http://idateawards.com
- Stay informed. http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com
- Mobile news app: http://idate2014.com/idate-industry-app.php

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http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... urvey.html

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AgileWings Is Taking DatingFactory Under Their Wings

PR NEWSWIRE - Sep 15 - Agile Wings, the Internet investment/incubator firm, has bought DatingFactory, a white label dating provider, for an undisclosed sum. Tanya Fathers, Dating Factory's co-founder & CEO said: "We are really excited to be acquired by Agile Wings, as they can take Dating Factory to the number one position in the industry." Tanya Fathers and Lisa Moskotova (COO) will continue in their current positions.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... wings.html


Matrimony.com Set For IPO

BUSINESS STANDARD - Sep 16 - Matrimony.com, the company which owns BharatMatrimony.com, EliteMatrimony.com, CommunityMatrimony.com, AssistedMatrimony.com, MatrimonyDirectory.com and Tambulya.com — is set to launch an IPO. While the company aims to raise Rs 350 crore ($64M) through the IPO, the actual offer size is bigger (estimated at Rs 600-800 crore). BharatMatrimony.com is India's largest online matrimonial portal and provides services in three segments: matchmaking, marriage services and mobile-only relationship app, "Matchify". Half of the investment will go towards advertising.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... r-ipo.html

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Contact mark@courtlandbrooks.com
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The Success Of CoffeeMeetsBagel.com

FINANCIAL POST - Sep 20 - Three sisters Arum, Dawoon and Soo Kang - graduates of Harvard, Stanford and Parsons School of Design respectively - launched Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app that has made ~25M connections that have led to ~20K relationships and 200 plus engagements/marriages in the three years since its launch in USA. They app launched in Canada this summer. The app impressed billionaire investor Mark Cuban; he offered them $30M for the business, which has yet to make a profit, when the sisters appeared on Shark Tank this past January. They turned him down. After that, they raised $7.8M in a series A round led by DCM Capital. With no profits to point to, Kang said investors liked the team, the vision and the engagement metrics. The company targets young, busy working professionals between the ages of 21 and 35, which is exactly why the Kangs decided to expand into Canada. The business is based on a freemium model. Users can pay for getting more than one match (bagel) a day or unlocking the identity of a mutual friend.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... bagel.html


Lovoo Accused Of Creating Fake Profiles

THELOCAL.DE - Sep 18 - The Dresden-based dating app Lovoo tricks users by creating fake female profiles to tempt men into paying, a technology magazine C'T has claimed. Lovoo is free but users can pay for premium services. Lovoo, which has 36M users in 17 countries has rejected the accusation.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... files.html

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MeetMe Brings Native Mobile Ads To Its Chat Feature

BUSINESSWIRE - Sep 16 - MeetMe, the public social discovery company, has launched native chat ads in its iPhone app and video interstitials in its Android app. "We expect it to contribute ~$1M to Q4 revenue," said Geoff Cook, CEO of MeetMe.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ature.html


Oscar Mayer Releases Sizzl, A Dating App For Bacon Lovers

USA TODAY - Sep 19 - Meat processing giant Oscar Mayer has launched Sizzl, a dating app functionally similar to Tinder that matches users based on compatible tastes in bacon. Users rank which cut of meat they prefer, and how they prefer their bacon cooked.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... overs.html

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Andrew Conru: “Fembots Do Not Belong In The Internet Dating Industry”

BUSINESSWIRE - Sep 15 - There has been recent publicity surrounding Ashley Madison, particularly allegations that it used computer-generated female "bots" to lure men to become paying members. "FriendFinder has never created and used computer-generated accounts," commented Dr. Andrew Conru, Chairman and Founder of FriendFinder. “This business practice is repugnant to us; it shows a total lack of respect for the users. Companies like AshleyMadison need to exit this industry,” said Dr. Conru.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ustry.html


Ashley Madison IPO "Plans" Could Be Just For PR

ANEWDOMAIN - Sep 14 - Avid has planned a $200M IPO on the London Stock Exchange, which the recent Ashley Madison hack supposedly waylaid. But leaked emails suggest that the so-called LSE float was a PR-generated story handed to BloombergUK. In an April 16 message to Jason DeZwirek, the firm's largest owner at 30%, Biderman allegedly noted that even some of his "sophisticated financial advisors believed it to be true."

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... or-pr.html

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Editor: Mark Brooks, mark@onlinepersonalswatch.com, 212-444-1636


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