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The Meet Group To Acquire German Dating App Lovoo
BUSINESSWIRE - Sep 20 - The Meet Group is acquiring Lovoo, a social dating app, for $70M in cash, inclusive of a $5M contingent earn-out. Lovoo is a social and mobile technology company based in Germany, #1 dating app in German speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) in terms of app store downloads. Lovoo has €27.2M in revenues (based on Subscriptions 48%; In-app Purchases 24%; Ads 28%); 5M monthly active users and 1.9M daily active users; 47k new global registrations per day; and 97 full-time employees spread across Dresden and Berlin. The Company expects that Lovoo will remain a separate brand and standalone mobile app following the closing of the acquisition, and that Lovoo's headquarters will remain in Dresden, Germany. The Meet Group's portfolio includes MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, and Hi5.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... lovoo.html
Plenty Of Fish Brings Dating To The Google Assistant
PR NEWSWIRE - Sep 19 - POF users can now retrieve unread messages and send responses via the Assistant on Google Home and phones. The voice integration allows users to ask the Google Assistant if they have new messages, which it will then read aloud to the individual as they go about their daily routine. Users can speak with POF via the Google Assistant by saying, "Ok Google, talk to Plenty of Fish."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... stant.html
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eHarmony Has Eyes For Direct Response On Social
DIGIDAY - Sep 18 - After years of resistance, eHarmony is ready to commit to social media. eHarmony is recruiting marketers to turn the medium, which it has previously used for brand building, into a direct-response channel. CEO, Grant Langston, plans to expand its marketing team. "We have all these [search, display, affiliate and social] functions, but we want to bring in fresh perspectives and try new tricks," added Langston. He was coy about what those "new tricks" could be but revealed the lifestyle articles it publishes on social networks such as Facebook are its "best-performing tool." eHarmony's most recent social media efforts have focused on brand building by using humor.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ocial.html
Hinge's New App Lets Users Play Matchmaker
TECH CRUNCH - Sep 19 - Hinge is introducing a new, standalone app called Hinge Matchmaker that will allow people to see which of their friends are on Hinge, and then make recommendations by suggesting potential matches. The new app is more of an experiment at this time, meant to gauge consumer interest in this type of service.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... maker.html
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Chinese Government Tells Dating Websites To Vet Users
SIXTH TONE - Sep 19 - The Communist Youth League, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and the National Health and Family Planning Commission issued a joint directive on Monday requiring dating sites to keep a record of their users' real identities. The regulation came nearly two weeks after Jiayuan.com fell under scrutiny for the suicide of tech entrepreneur Su Xiangmao. The 37-year-old founder of the Skype-like app WePhone jumped to his death from his Beijing apartment building earlier this month. In a suicide note he posted online, Su accused his ex-wife, Zhai Xinxin, whom he met through Jiayuan.com, of driving him to despair and desperation.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... users.html
M8 Wants Your Friends To Be The Matchmaker
TECH CRUNCH - Sep 20 - M8 is a dating app that's powered by human matchmakers. With M8, friends can look through dating apps to find the perfect match for their friends. And if they're successful, they can be rewarded with gifts. Stephen Liu, co-founder and CEO said that he had the idea because he and his wife started dating after a friend vouched for him. So he co-founded the platform with his wife, Linda. So far, they've raised ~$700k for their startup idea. LegalZoom co-founder Brian Liu and Alibaba Group VP Brian Wong are amongst the angel investors.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... maker.html
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Algorithmic Insights Can Help Us Become Better People
SINGULARITY HUB - Sep 19 - In an interview at Singularity University's Global Summit in San Francisco, J. Galen Buckwalter said the quantitative study of personality is finding new tech applications. Buckwalter developed the matching algorithm at eHarmony and is now chief technology officer at psyML. His work focuses on the quantitative analysis of personality traits and how a better understanding of human behavior can lead to more human technology. Watch the interview in full for more on psychometrics, current and future applications in technology, and where the pioneer of online dating met his wife.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... eople.html
Matchmakers In San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Sep 15 - A luxury matchmaking service, The Bevy, has launched in San Francisco. The Bevy, started in New York in 2014, compares its services to an executive search. It pre-screens and interviews potential candidates before setting up its male clients with a handful of curated contenders. The membership begins at $25k for a one-year. The company reports a 95% success rate. Three Day Rule has 8k members. Services for paying clients start at $4.5k, but the service also has a free database. 60% of it's clients are female. Both companies report that clients are seeking relief from dating apps. Still, free dating apps can be an equalizer. The newest such offering to San Francisco is The Inner Circle, an app founded in Amsterdam in 2012, whose founder, David Vermeulen, is looking for "inspiring and ambitious" members who are 25 - 45 and live in major cities.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... cisco.html
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