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Tinder Will Fail
CB - Feb 13 - An article on TechCrunch points to the fact that iOS Apps can now be way bigger. Screens on smart phones are getting bigger and its going be a game changer for iDating apps. We've spent years figuring out algorithms and matching methods. We've gravitated towards adding more information to profiles. But users aren't using dating sites. They're using mobile apps. The screens on those apps have been around 4" small. Hardly conducive to asking lots of questions, or displaying profiles. So Tinder waltzes in and steals the iDating industries lunch. Tinder is zen simple. Tinder does pictures. Not profiles. The dating industry will change again as larger format media, i.e. bigger smart phones screens, get more and more popular. Tinder is actually designed to fail, IMHO. And Match.com will sweep up members, because that's where they will be channeled. To learn more about mobile dating strategy, come and join us in Beijing in May at the Mobile Dating Conference.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -fail.html
Spark Networks Appoints Robert O'Hare As CFO
MARKETWIRED - Feb 12 - Starting on March 1, 2015, Mr. O'Hare will report to CEO, Michael Egan and will have responsibility for the Company's global financial operations. Current CFO Brett Zane will leave the Company on March 11, 2015. Mr. O'Hare is joining the Company from Square, Inc., where he served as Corporate Finance & Investor Relations Lead since 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Pandora Media, Inc.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... s-cfo.html
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Dating Fraud Increases By 33%
PRESS ASSOCIATION - Feb 12 - Online dating fraud has increased by 33% in the last year, according to National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The fraud cost UK L24.5 - L34M over the same period. 57% of all crimes relating to online dating were reported by women, with those aged between 45 and 55 the most commonly targeted.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... by-33.html
Hinge Launches In London
VENTURE BEAT - Feb 12 - Hinge is today launching outside the U.S. for the first time, kicking off in London. Hinge uses Facebook to match people with friends-of-friends. Hinge will be launching in Canada soon as well.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ondon.html
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Grouvly, Group Dating App, Raised $200K
VIRTUAL PRESS OFFICE - Feb 13 - Grouvly, Hong Kong-based hangout app, has just secured HKD 1.5M ($200K) in seed capital from international angel investors after only 4 weeks since its launch in early January this year. Grouvly sets up drinks between two groups of people: 3 girls & 3 guys.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -200k.html
Elevated Careers By eHarmony To Roll Out In March
OC REGISTER - Feb 12 - eHarmony is building a job-matching service called Elevated Careers. The company expects to begin rolling it out to select job seekers in late March and make it widely available to jobseekers and companies by the summer. The site will use “big data” to pair people looking for jobs with available positions. Elevated Careers questionnaire would only take a job seeker 10 minutes to complete.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... march.html
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Match.com Is 20 Years Old
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Feb 11 - This year, Match.com celebrates its 20th anniversary. The site is responsible for 517K relationships, 92K marriages and 1M babies, according to Karl Gregory, Match.com UK manager. Its users are spread across 40 countries and exchange 415M emails a year. When Match.com launched in April 1995, there were only 25M Internet users worldwide, compared to 2.92B in 2015. Bill and Freddie Straus, aged 76 and 72, were among the first in history to have gone on an online date in 1996. Eric Klien created a 170-point questionnaire, covering users’ horoscopes, their preferred mode of transport, taste in music, etc. He called it the “Electronic Matchmaker” and uploaded to his private Internet database just after Christmas 1992. In 1993, Klien sold his questionnaire and the domain name Match.com so he could focus on a new mission. It was called the Atlantis Project and it aimed to build an independent city called Oceania in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Match.com’s buyer was Gary Kremen. He purchased Match.com for $2,500 and launched it as a dating service on the open Internet in 1995. In 1998, he argued with his board and the company was sold. Its current owner, IAC, bought it in 1999 for $50M. Officially called “Synapse”, but known by insiders as the “magic sauce”, the Match.com algorithm is based on a streamlined version of Klien’s original matchmaker. The results of the algorithm’s sums are shown in users’ “daily six”: a series of previously-unseen, tailored profiles that are sent to users' inbox each day.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... s-old.html
Blued Gay App Explores Overseas Market
ECNS - Feb 9 - Chinese gay dating app Blued unveiled its international version in the Netherlands. Blued founder and CEO Geng Le said the decision to launch in the Netherlands was because it was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage and is a "paradise" for homosexuals. Geng Le launched the app in 2011, and it now has 15M subscribers with 3M daily active users. The app recently pulled in $30M in third-round financing.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... arket.html
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