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Lulu Acquired By Badoo

TECH CRUNCH - Feb 9 - Lulu, the once controversial mobile app that let women anonymously review and rate men, has been acquired by Badoo. Lulu founder and CEO Alexandra Chong will move back to London from New York to join Badoo as President, where she'll be focusing on international expansion. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Lulu had raised $15M. The new Lulu will be powered by Badoo. ... badoo.html

81-Year-Old eHarmony Founder On Gay Marriage And Tinder

CNN.COM - Feb 12 - After 16 years in the business, Dr. Neil Clark Warren is still committed to helping people find love. Warren is the 81-year-old co-founder and current CEO of eHarmony. In 2005, the company was sued for discrimination of same-sex couples. To settle a lawsuit, eHarmony launched Compatible Partners, a site for gay and lesbian singles. 350K of its members fled eHarmony out of principle. The company originally started as a Christian dating site. "We didn't want to pretend to be experts on gay and lesbian couples," said Warren. "We're not anti-gay at all... It's a different match." "We've had quite a number of same-sex marriages," he said. Warren doesn't see dating apps as threats to his business. "We don't discourage people from Tinder," he said, adding that apps like Tinder are primarily used for dating and hooking up - not marriage. ... inder.html


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Parship Celebrates 15 Years

PARSHIP.DE - Feb 11 - Parship launched on Valentines's Day in 2001. Today, the company, that is based in Hamburg, is available in 13 countries. Parship claims 28K new users every week and over half a million people in happy relationship. Every third German has used a dating site. 14% of Germans are in a relationship that started online. ... years.html

Dating App Paktor Is Taking On Tinder In Southeast Asia

INC - Feb 12 - With 6M users across Asian markets, Paktor is the biggest dating app in the region. It raised $7.1M in its Series B funding round this year. Paktor works like Tinder but the premium features allow users to also filter by occupation and education. Paktor says their research shows this is what matters to their users. Users are spending ~13 hours a month on the app, returning six times daily on average. ... -asia.html


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Tinder And Badoo Dominate The Dating App Market

BBC.CO.UK - Feb 12 - Looking at 50 of the world's biggest app markets, two names dominated in 2015: Badoo and Tinder (AppAnnie). Badoo is the top dating app in 21 countries. Tinder was the most downloaded app in 18 countries. The dominance of Tinder and Badoo does not extend to East Asia. In China, for example, Momo is #1. In Africa, people use social networks to meet partners. ... rket-.html

The MBA And The Startup

POETS AND QUANTS - Feb 10 - Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating site that delivers one match to users, a bagel, every day at noon. Members can then like or pass on their bagels. The founders are a trio of sisters. One holds an MBA from Stanford, another one the Harvard MBA. One-by-one, the sisters quit their full-time jobs to develop the site. They launched in 2012, and within a year generated $87K profit. By the end of 2014, profits had risen to ~$1M. In Sep 2012, the sisters raised a $600K. In May 2014, they raised $2.8M and a year ago a $7.8M Series A. Despite a sizable Q4 drop, at $128B in venture investments, 2015 was the highest year in US venture since 2000. "We love investing in smart MBAs," says Adam Rothenberg, a managing partner at NY City boutique angel investment fund, BoxGroup. The MBA seems to be trending in value in a space once dominated by computer scientists and engineers. ... artup.html


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Online Dating Use Jumps Among Youngest US Adults And The Middle Aged

TECH CRUNCH - Feb 11 - In the past two years, use of online dating has surged among the youngest U.S. adults, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. 15% of American adults have used online dating sites and/or mobile dating apps, up from 11% in 2013. The usage of dating sites/apps among 18 to 24 rose from 10% in 2013 to 27% now. Pew also notes a spike in usage among 55-64, with digital dating rates doubled from 6% two years ago to 12% now. ... -aged.html

Tinder Not Bothered By Clone App That Dodges Premium Payment

FORBES - Feb 10 - Tinder has been warned about weaknesses in its Android and iOS apps that allow hackers to tear apart the software and rebuild it so they don't have to pay for premium content. San Francisco startup Bluebox Security created such an app in its labs. "Bluebox's findings have an inconsequential to zero impact on Tinder and its revenue because virtually no one has the capability to do this," said spokesperson Rosette Pambakian. Andrew Blaich, lead security analyst at Bluebox, said a malicious hacker could craft an app that had the paid-for features turned on by default and sell it on third-party stores. ... yment.html


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