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Greg Blatt Is Replacing Sam Yagan As CEO Of Match Group

SEEKING ALPHA - Dec 22 - Match Group chairman Greg Blatt will become the online dating leader's chairman and CEO. Blatt replaces Sam Yagan, who will join the board as vice chairman. Princeton Review chief Mandy Ginsberg will become Match's North American chief, thus putting her in charge of, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish. Alexandre Lubot, CEO of Meetic, is now CEO of Match Group Europe, leaving him in charge of Meetic, Twoo, and other European brands. Match COO Navin Ramachandran is now CEO of Match Group Asia/Latin America, leaving him responsible for Pairs, Couples, ParPerfeito, and Match Asia. He'll remain COO. Princeton Review CPO Shar Dubey becomes president of Match Group North America and Emerging Brands GM Hesam Hosseini is the new GM of POF. Sean Rad will remain Tinder's CEO. ... group.html

"Double" Dating App Co-founders Said Yes To GBP 75K For 15% Of Their Company

BBC - Dec 27 - Gary McDonagh, Loren Gould and Ben Greenock, co-founders of dating app Double, dressed in heart printed suits to pitch their group dating idea to investors in today's Dragon's Den episode. The location based dating app allows two friends to search for other pairs to arrange a double date. The trio was looking for GBP 75K investment in return for a 10% stake in the business. They accepted GBP 75K for a 15% stake in the business from Nick Jenkins. Congrats! ... mpany.html


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BharatMatrimony Approved For IPO

TECH CIRCLE - Dec 22 -, which owns a string of matrimony-related properties including, and anti-virus software maker Quick Heal Technologies have received approval from the capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for their proposed (IPOs). ... r-ipo.html

60% Of Happn Registrants Are Active Users

NYPOST - Dec 18 - Happn is a fast growing mobile dating app, known for matching users whose paths they've crossed. Launched in February 2014, Happn is on track for 10M registered users worldwide by Dec. 31. The app is adding ~1.3M new users every month, and expects to reach 30M by the end of 2016. In New York City, Happn now has 250K active users. Investors are especially impressed that ~60% of Happn's registrants are monthly active users, and another 40% of those are checking the app every day. ... users.html


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ValiDATE Officially Launched

PRWEB - Dec 19 - ValiDate, a new dating site that performs instant background checks on all of its users, has officially launched. All members are fully vetted before their profiles are listed, ensuring that users engage in genuine and honest conversations. ValiDATE will even conduct live personal interviews if they find any inconsistencies during the sign-up process. ... nched.html

The Apprentice Final: Alan Sugar's Experts On Why He Was Right To Dump DatePlay

REALBUSINESS.CO.UK - The final episode of The Apprentice 2015, series in which candidates compete to go into business with multi-millionaire Lord Sugar, aired on Dec 20th. Alan Sugar appointed eHarmony MD UK Romain Bertrand, MD UK Karl Gregory and Venntro Media CEO Ross Williams as his online dating advisors. Vana Koutsomitis, founder of dating app DatePlay, competed against plumbing business owners Joseph Valente. She lost. Ross Williams supported Sugar's choice. Here is why: L250K is barely enough to develop and refine an online dating app in such a competitive market. The DatePlay concept is excellent but as an investment DatePlay was too high risk compared to Joseph's plumbing business. Romain Bertrand thinks it's possible to launch a first version of the app and operate it without heavy marketing for under L250K. But you continuously need to invest in making your product the best it can be. ... eplay.html


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Clover Dating App Is Launching Mixers

BUSTLE.COM - Dec 19 - Dating app Clover sends out various ideas, like "Snowboarding" or "Game of Thrones Night!" and then users respond if they're in or out. With Clover's Mixer idea, it's a group chat that looks like a Meetup RSVP, and is based on mutual interests. Mixers can be used to host offline singles event. Mixers will be available in the beginning of 2016, in the upcoming version 5.0 of the Clover app. ... ixers.html

Coffee Meets Bagel Adds Its Own Version Of Super Like With 'Send A Woo'

TECH CRUNCH - Dec 22 - Coffee Meets Bagel launched "Send A Woo", a feature similar to Tinder's Super Like. With "Send A Woo", Coffee Meets Bagel's users can express higher-than-usual interest in a potential match. CMB launched in 2013. The app delivers one match per day. Users then have 24 hours to respond. If both users liked each other, the app would then connect them in a text conversation. ... a-woo.html


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