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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.
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:~ TOP ONLINE PERSONALS WATCH NEWS ITEMS ~:


Jiayuan.com: Strong Balance Sheet But Needing To Reduce User Churn

SEEKING ALPHA - Sep 19 - Shares of Jiayuan.com are up 22% in 2013, but still down 39% from the IPO price in May 2011. Jiayuan is the largest (90M registered users) dating sites in China, and is in excellent financial shape with no long-term debt and $83M in cash and investments. #2 dating site is Zhenai.com with 58M users and Baihe.com is #3 with 40M users. 120 boys are born for every 100 girls in China. Single men often are poorer villagers who have moved to cities for work. Males greatly outnumber females in the villages. On the other hand, it is easy for rural females to find husbands due to the gender imbalance. The online dating market in China was expected to reach $328M by 2014, doubling its 2011 value. Jiayuan's primary source of revenue is subscription. Events and VIP services account for 11% of the revenue.

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


Grindr Hooks Up With Gay Activists To Unblock The App In Turkey

GAYSTAR NEWS - Sep 18 - Grindr is working with leading Turkish LGBT association, KAOS GL and digital LGBT activists at All Out to petition Turkey to lift the ban. There were 125K active monthly Grindr users in Turkey. Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ on Sep 11th.

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

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PlentyOfFish Acquires FastLife

CNW - Sep 18 - POF is acquiring FastLife, the world's largest speed dating and singles event company. "The direction of online dating is undeniably headed towards a merging of the online and offline worlds," said Markus Frind, founder and CEO of POF. FastLife holds ~2,400 events a year. These events have generated annual revenue of ~$2.5M. POF and FastLife will be rolling out singles events in US over the next year. FastLife was created by a husband and wife team, Justin and Annabelle Parfitt. Annabelle will continue as CEO of FastLife, which is branded as Fast Impressions in Australia. POF wants to invest ~$30M in the next 12 months."

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


Andrew Conru And Lars Mapstead To Take Control Of FriendFinder

REUTERS - Sep 18 - FriendFinder Networks had struck a deal with noteholders that will reduce its debt by $300M. One group of noteholders will take ownership of the sex entertainment business. Control of the company would go to Andrew Conru and Lars Mapstead. In 2007 FFN bought Various Inc and its dating websites from Conru and Mapstead for $400M.

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

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Jewish Niche Available On DatingFactory's Platform

PR WEB - Sep 18 - Private label dating provider, DatingFactory, is offering new Jewish niche on their platform. DatingFactory now supports close to 60 niches.

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


Instant Chemistry Launches Genetic Testing For The Dating Industry

PR NEWSWIRE - Sep 17 - Instant Chemistry, a biotechnology company, is launching first direct-to-consumer genetic testing for dating services. Body scent strongly affects human sexual attraction. Our body scent is determined by the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) system which is a driving force in mate choice and suggests that up to 40% of physical attraction can be determined through genes alone.

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

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FriendFinder Networks Files For Bankruptcy

HUFFINGTON POST - Sep 17 - FriendFinder Networks has filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to cut its dept as it's struggling to make certain loan payments. The company's estimated liabilities are $500M - $1 billion and assets ~10M. FriendFinder Networks has not been profitable since 2008. From FFN Press Release: FFN has also reached an agreement with key stakeholders to refinance their long term debt. It will allow the company to reinvest in its business and secure the growth of their strongest brands. "All operations will continue as normal throughout this process," said FFN's CEO Anthony Previte.

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


Thrill Is Rethinking Dating In India

NEXT BIG WHAT - Sep 5 - Thrill is a new dating app released for the Indian market. On Thrill women get to make all the decisions. Married men and those interested in "sex chat" won't get access. Dating is a relatively new concept in India. The older generations still look down upon it. Most dating sites in India lack credibility. Guys are creeping on women by incessantly messaging them inappropriately,” says Josh Israel, Thrill's co-founder.

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

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