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Tinder Will Add Premium Service In November
FORBES - Oct 20 - Sean Rad, Tinder’s CEO and co-founder, announced during the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, that Tinder will launch a premium service in early November. He didn't give specifics but hinted that one of the new features will focus on travel and could help Tinder move into markets beyond dating. There will be no changes to the current, free Tinder app.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ember.html
Online Dating Hasn't Killed Matchmakers
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Oct 23 - A matchmaking school is reporting growing enrollment. "People have dating overload - they're on Tinder, Match, OKCupid," said Talia Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Three Day Rule, Match.com's "white glove" matchmaking partner. "People are getting so confused by all the options that they are looking for someone to help them." Three Day Rule charges $3,5K for three months of personal matchmaking and $5K for a six-month package that includes date coaching, styling and professional photography. Some matchmakers say their clientele is getting younger. Business models among matchmakers vary widely. On the high end, Selective Search, charges $25K. 90% of the clients are men, who are matched with dates who do not pay for the service. On the other end is Project Fixup, a startup that charges $20 per setup.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... akers.html
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Hinge Is Giving Tinder A Run For Its Money
BUSINESS INSIDER - Oct 22 - Like Tinder, Hinge lets users see profiles of single people nearby. They can like or nix a profile. Unlike Tinder, Hinge only connects friends of friends. At the end of 2012, Hinge only had $32K left in the bank. Justin McLeod's, Hinge's founder and CEO, raised $100K a few months prior, but only a few thousand people were using it. $25,000 went to a hail-mary pass: a massive 2K-person launch party in Washington. Two weeks before the party, Apple rejected Hinge's app. The morning of the party, Apple finally approved the app. Hinge is now one of New York's hottest startups. In July Hinge raised $4.5M, bringing its total funding to $8.6M. The app makes ~8M matches a month. (Tinder, by comparison, makes 15M matches per day).http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... money.html
"Between" - Popular App For Couples
THE STAR - Oct 21 - Between is a couples app that started three years ago by South Korean mobile app company. Moving beyond the Korean market, Between was made available in Malaysia last year when the company expanded its operations to the South-East Asian region. Between is a private social network between two people where they can keep in touch via IM as well as save and share photos of their special moments together.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... uples.html
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Jewish Matchmakers Fight Rise Of Intermarriage
SUN SENTINEL - Oct 22 - Jewish community leader Barbara Black Goldberg and psychologist Nancy Gold started Elegant Introductions, a Jewish matchmaking business in 2013. The duo claimed they started the business to stem the tide of intermarriage within the South Florida Jewish community. Elegant Introductions will only work with Jewish clients. They charged $2,500 per client when they started in 2013, and now vary their rates for clients, without disclosing the actual price.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... riage.html
Is Online Dating Revealing Our Biases, Or Reinforcing Them?
NY TIMES - Oct 17 - In recent weeks, two new mobile dating apps have been launched. One, called Meld, is marketed to black professionals seeking meaningful long-term relationships; the other, Luxy, invites wealthy individuals to find someone with whom to share their high-end lifestyles. Luxy is a mobile-based app by the same people who thought up MillionaireMatch.com. Luxy’s launch, however, provoked a lot of backlash. The news release called the service “Tinder minus the poor people.” Meld elicited some skepticism as well. At Ebony, Kirsten Magwood asks whether separating black people from a larger pool of singles is necessary: “Is racially based dating a dated concept in 2014?”http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -them.html
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BeehiveID Hires New VP Of Sales
OPW - Oct 20 - Richard Orcutt, the former Head of Sales, Strategic Markets for iovation, joins BeehiveID to lead their sales team. BeehiveID identifies fraudulent online accounts by investigating behavior patterns created on social networks.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... sales.html
Match.com Dating Scam: Four Men Jailed
MIRROR.CO.UK - Oct 17 - Four men were jailed for a total of ~14 years for the 'highly sophisticated' crime which used a false dating profile to snare victims. The victims were duped after they responded to the false profile of an "attractive middle-aged man" on match.com. They then fell for the conman's story that he was due to receive a L100M inheritance from his father but that it was tied up by red tape in India. At first the women were asked for a L700 legal fee by a fake solicitor but then the sums requested rose to up to L100K. In a statement, match.com said: "These verdicts show that scammers do get caught, though that's no consolation for those they exploited.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ailed.html
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