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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.

- Attend iDate May 28-29 in Beijing: http://www.internetdatingconference.com
- Video about Beijing: http://idate2015.com/agenda-beijing-2015.php
- Stay informed. http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com
- Mobile news app: http://idate2014.com/idate-industry-app.php

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:~ TOP ONLINE PERSONALS WATCH NEWS ITEMS AND INTERVIEW ~:

Dating App 'ON' - Dan Sherman
http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... pp-on.html
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PlentyofFish Kills eVow.com

OPW - May 13 - POF has pulled the plug on its property eVow. The eVow website was developed as a direct competitor to eHarmony in September 2010. But POF is sticking to its knitting and focusing on growing its core offering, their mobile apps and POF.com. According to WayBackMachine, the last recorded date that eVow was live was March 25th. So eHarmony has one less competitor to think about. I hear eHarmony is in growth mode and doing very well now. Chemistry and PerfectMatch are becoming less of a concern for them as well. I still think we're leaving money on the table. Serious singles want more service, are willing to pay for it, but we're just not delivering. I hope to learn more about how Zhenai and Baihe are outperforming the Western markets in this respect, at iDate Beijing.

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


Insights On The Japanese Internet Dating Market

OPW - May 15 - Hiroshi Tsumoto is the CEO of Japan's no.1 iOS dating app YYC. iDate Beijing is coming up, so I asked him to give us an overview of his company and the Japanese market. Here's our 2nd ever op-ed.

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

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Courtland Brooks - We help Internet dating companies grow. Strategy, PR and Business Development services.
Contact mark@courtlandbrooks.com.
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Chinese Face Recognition Startup Face++ Raised $25M

TECHINASIA - May 14 - Face++, a face recognition tech startup from Beijing, raised an additional $25M as part of its series B round. This brings the company’s series B to $47M. Face++ makes a cloud-based API and an SDK so developers can incorporate face recognition into their own apps. The technology is being used by ~30K developers and several large firms including Jiayuan. Users could upload a photo of someone they thought was beautiful, and Jiayuan would use Face++ to find a match on the site with a similar face.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... d-25m.html


Hinge Profile Will Now Include Facebook Relationship Status

MASHABLE - May 15 - Hinge has released an update that immediately makes public users' relationship statuses. "Married, engaged or in a relationship on Facebook? Version 3.5 of Hinge will publish that info to your profile," says Hinge. Hinge says the decision was in response to a recent poll by GlobalWebIndex, which found that 42% of Tinder users are already in relationships.

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

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More info: http://www.beehiveid.com/verified-ident ... g-industry
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Why Founders Of Dating Ring Walked Away From $50,000

BUSINESS INSIDER - May 14 - Emma Tessler and Lauren Kay pitched their startup, The Dating Ring, to a crowded room full of venture capitalists at Y Combinator's Demo Day in 2014. Tessler, the company's co-founder and COO, approached an investor who put his arm around her. His one-handed hug had landed his hand on the side of her breast - right as he offered $50K to invest in Dating Ring. She turned down the money. After Demo Day, Kay took on the majority of fundraising work as CEO and started lining up calls with investors. The company raised $455K in March and May 2014, and haven't raised any money since. "I had 40 fundraising meetings, I sent ~300 emails requesting meetings, and tried to get in touch with another 500 investors," Kay wrote in her blog post called "Fundraising While Female". While she didn't want to blame any of it on her gender but she knew it had played a role.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... 50000.html


Study: Women Spend More On Dating Apps Than Men

SFWEEKLY - May 13 - A new study by the app marketing platform Liftoff found that men install dating apps more frequently than women do, but women are more likely to use all features. 52% of men will create an account upon learning about a new dating app, compared to 40.70% of women. 6% more women will pay for premium services within the app than men. "Men have a strong interest in browsing but women have a stronger interest in finding a companion," said Dennis Mink, Liftoff's VP of Marketing.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... n-men.html

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Contact the CEO directly at david@wanify.com.
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The Indian Matchmakers Targeting Divorcees

BBC - May 12 - India still has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world, but marriage breakdowns are becoming more common. This has led to a huge rise in the number of matrimonial services targeting divorcees. ~13 marriages in every 1,000 end in divorce - in the US, it is ~500 in every 1,000. Bharat Matrimony runs a separate site for divorcees - Divorcee Matrimony - which records about 70% annual registration of divorcees.

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


CNBC Interview With eHarmony Founder

CNBC - May 10 - After 35 years of counseling married couples, Neil Clark Warren says he's learned that "if the right person doesn't marry the right person, you've got real problems ahead. When asked what the most important characteristic is in successful relationships, Warren tells CNBC that "Intelligence is really important" when it comes to matching people for marriage. Warren also says that over a 10-year period, the divorce rate of couples who met through eHarmony is 3.86%—far lower than a widely quoted statistic that half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce.

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

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:~ UPCOMING INTERNET DATING & DATING INDUSTRY CONFERENCES ~:

May 28-29, 2015 : Beijing

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Conference Organizer, Marc Lesnick, info@idate2015.com, 212-722-1744

Online Personals Watch, www.onlinepersonalswatch.com or opw1.com

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