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The Meet Group Has Completed Lovoo Acquisition
BUSINESSWIRE - Oct 20 - The Lovoo app is the most downloaded dating app in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria combined. The acquisition is expected to expand The Meet Group's global footprint, increase the company's scale and profitability. The Meet Group's financial results will be out on November 1.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ition.html
Dating Chatbot NearGroup Raises $1.6M Seed Funding
VCCIRCLE - Oct 16 - NearGroup, a chatbot that connects like-minded people based on their location and personality, has reportedly raised $1.6M (Rs 10 crore) in seed funding led by Finland-based early-stage venture capital firm OpenOcean. Silicon Valley-based VC firm NeoTribe Ventures and San Francisco-based accelerator Boost VC also put in money. The startup will use the capital to bolster its India operations and strengthen its marketing team. The NearGroup chatbot works through messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, Kik, and Line. NearGroup was founded in 2016 by Pitti, an IIT Madras alumnus and founder of travel portal EaseMyTrip.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... nding.html
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Matrimony.com Expands Its Marriage Service Into More Cities
TIMES OF INDIA - Oct 16 - Matrimony.com announced that its marriage service 'MatrimonyMandaps' has expanded to three other states in southern India - Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala. Besides the cities serviced earlier - Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy in Tamil Nadu, now Matrimonymandaps.com has its presence in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana, Kochi in Kerala and Bengaluru in Karanataka, with ~2k mandaps and banquet halls listed on the platform.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ities.html
How Tinder Scaled Up
PCMAG - Oct 20 - Tinder held a networking event at its West Hollywood headquarters recently, where CTO Maria Zhang and her team tackled the complexities of running a popular dating app. China-born Zhang studied computer science at Tsinghua University in Beijing before completing her education in the US. She joined Tinder in April 2016. Within six months of joining Tinder, she tripled her engineering team and opened a satellite tech office in Silicon Valley. Tinder currently handles 1.6B swipes and makes 26M matches per day and has delivered 20B total matches to date. It has ~200 employees.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ed-up.html
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In-flight Dating Apps Make Joining The Mile High Club Easier
NEWS.COM.AU - Oct 18 - Hooking up 30k feet in the air has been made easier for Australians with an in-flight dating app. This week, Qantas unveiled the Boeing Dreamliner that's being added to its fleet. There's a feature called "Seatchat." This allows passengers to message anyone around the plane as long as they know their seat number.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... asier.html
The Psychology Of Online Marketplace Trust And Scams
BESEDO - Sep 12 - Scammers are one of the biggest threats to maintaining trust. "Trust is a feeling and a feeling can never cause a behavior. Instead, previous experiences can influence future behaviors," said behavioral psychologist and business consultant, Sara Ingvarsson from Waldine Consulting. If you are shopping online without worrying, it is because your previous experiences hasn't included encounters with scammers. We can spot trustworthy people in real life, but online a lot of the signs such as facial expression or body language aren't there. Reviews and recommendations are a powerful tool. "It is the power of many" says Sara "You might not trust the word of one stranger online, but when we see a pattern of many strangers agreeing in their reviews of something, then we are likely to trust it." If a user has been scammed they are as such much more likely to spot scams or see low quality content and assume that it is fraudulent.
"It's a tough stigma to overcome and there's really no other way to tackle it than to do better next time. One bad experience needs 10 good ones to balance it out." says Sara. In short, if you want people to fearlessly transact with each other on your site, then make sure that they always have positive experiences when doing so.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... scams.html
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Doppler Dating App Wants Users To Get Offline And Meet
BRAVOTV - Oct 16 - Craig Cole was tired of swiping so he created Doppler Social App, to encourage people to have a face-to-face meeting. The goal of Doppler Social App is to get singles to actually meet offline through their shared interests. When users join the site, they use the interactive map to tick off places they enjoy attending, or where they'll be in the near future - concerts, bars, etc. They can see who else is interested in going. "By having a venue or event you're both already attending in play, it allows for a more organic conversation that can actually lead to a date", says Craig.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -meet.html
Hinge Tells Charming Dating Stories In Ads In NYC
ADWEEK - Oct 16 - Hinge's 'Let's be real' campaign started with real user data - their responses to what Hinge calls "prompts" - questions the app asks its users in an effort to glean info about their likes, dislikes, quirks and general personality types.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... n-nyc.html
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