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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.

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Which Dating Sites Received The Best And Worst PR In 2015?
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Indian Matrimony App Maker GetVee Raises More Funding

TECH CIRCLE - Feb 17 - GetVee Technologies, which runs assistant matrimony platform Wedlock and couples-only app Fym, has raised an undisclosed amount from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and others. The money will be utilised for product development, added Gupta. In November 2014, it had raised $1M in a pre-Series A round of funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ding-.html

Hinge May Start Charging Users As It Zeroes In On Serious Dating

TECH CRUNCH - Feb 19 - Hinge is undergoing a huge makeover, ditching the swipe mechanic and adding a paid subscription layer to ensure folks who use it are there "for the right reasons". There's no word on when Hinge plans to roll out this new, more expensive version of its app.

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


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How eHarmony Stays Relevant In The Age Of Tinder And Match

IBTIMES - Feb 14 - "We know how to do this one thing. If the world is not interested in this one thing. We will go out of business," Grant Langston, eHarmony's VP of brand marketing, said. That "one thing" was match people for serious relationships. When the founders pitched the idea back in 2000s, people would laugh. At that time, online dating was primarily for sex. But 16 years later, eHarmony is one of the leaders with ~11.9% of the $2.4B online dating industry (IBISWorld). "eHarmony is a relationships company. Match is a relationship company, but I think eHarmony picks up where Match leaves off,” said Mark Brooks, an online dating app consultant. With its over decade of experience, eHarmony is not a young player. And at 80 years old, its CEO Neil Clark Warren is far much older than other leaders in the field like Tinder's 29-year-old CEO, Sean Rad. But eHarmony is seen as still able to innovate. At this year's iDate, eHarmony was awarded the title of most innovative company. Next month, eHarmony launches Elevated Careers, a shot at matchmaking for the job market.

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

A Judge Tossed Out Gender Bias Class Action Lawsuit Against Tinder

LAW360 - Feb 17 - A California judge tossed out a class action alleging the mobile dating app Tinder illegally discriminates based on gender by charging more for men and allowing women more matchups, saying the male plaintiff hadn't "connected the dots" to show how he'd been harmed.

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


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A New Matchmaking Service Works By Body Odor

OBSERVER - Feb 15 - Smell Dating is a new matchmaking service. Users that sign up will be sent a T-shirt. They will wear it for three days and mail it back. Each will then receive 10 samples cut from the T-shirts of other participants to smell at their leisure. Via a website, they can let the service know which scents they like and get phone numbers of the paramours they match with. It costs $25, and it is limited to 100 residents of New York City for now.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -odor.html

Grindr Ranked Fast Company's 10th Most Innovative Social Media Company

STAR OBSERVER - Feb 17 - The gay hook-up/dating app was listed "for promoting tolerance worldwide" through the implementation of its Grindr for Equality campaign. Also on the Innovative Social Media Company list were Tinder, Periscope, and Facebook, while BuzzFeed took out top place as Fast Company's Most Innovate Company for 2016.

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


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JDate Creator Has A New Jewish Dating App

TIMES OF ISRAEL - Feb 15 - Joe Shapira, the creator of JDate, developed a new app called Jfiix. Jfiix has been in use among Israelis for ~2 years and has ~250K users there, and three months ago an English version for US Jews was released as well. The app now claims 40K users in the US. Like Tinder, Jfiix offers location-based discovery, a chat function and right/left swiping.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... g-app.html

New Dating Apps That Want To Take On Tinder

BBC.COM - Feb 14 - Combining match-making with games and quizzes, DatePlay is designed to generate meaningful matches. Behind the app is entrepreneur Vana Koutsomitis, who first pitched her idea on the BBC television series The Apprentice. She did not win Lord Sugar's investment - he judged the project too risky - but she has continued work on her app. Hanky is another new dating app. It lets existing members decide whether new joiners should be allowed in. The app, for men only, launched in January and has since attracted 85K members.

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


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