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Plentyoffish Shutters Fastlife
OPW - June 19 - It seems POF is refocusing its business, and high-end speed dating company Fast Life is no longer part of its plan. Plentyoffish acquired the company 21 months ago. The company operated in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and UK and was unique because of its high price points and offering exceptional venues and service. I think POF had the intention of moving up the value chain, and rounding out its offerings a la Match. Likely this proved to be too much of a diversion. Events are tough. They pull attention. But they can be powerful real-world experience and branding pieces. If you're planning on acquiring a company as a strategic asset, I generally recommend keeping the team as an autonomous unit. I'll be presenting a special session on innovation at iDate London in October, bottling some of what I learned from Clayton Christensen at HBS, and discussing innovation through acquisition.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tlife.html
Dating App Happn Hooks Up With Spotify
IBTIMES - June 18 - Dating app Happn is partnering with Spotify so users can send music to each other and share their favorite songs on their profiles. Happn is a dating app that helps users discover people they have encountered in real life and provides a platform to connect. The app launched in early 2014 in Paris and now has 4M global users in 20 major cities. Spotify will be automatically added to every Happn user’s profile, regardless of whether they subscribe to Spotify. Nonsubscribers can hear 30s worth of a track, while Spotify Premium members can play the whole song.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... otify.html
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Chinese Dating App Momo Is Helping Locate Lost Kids
TECH IN ASIA - June 18 - Chinese dating app Momo has launched Momo Shouhu initiative, which enables users of the app to identify missing children in their local area. China has a huge problem with missing children. Often, they’re kidnapped and sold by organized rings. As many as 70K children are lost, or feared kidnapped, every year in China.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -kids.html
Founder Of White Label Dating Bags GBP 725K Dividend Payout
FINANCIAL MAIL - June 14 - Dating entrepreneur Ross Williams has pocketed a GBP 725K share of the payout, which was a fall from the previous year’s dividend of GBP 2.5M. His company Global Personals, which last month changed its name to Venntro Media Group, increased its turnover by GBP 2M to GBP 44.3M for the year to August 31, 2014 but pre-tax profits fell from GBP 4.1M to GBP 2.3M.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ayout.html
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BenefitsBritain.com: New Dating Site For People On Benefits
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - June 14 - There are currently ~6M people claiming benefits according to the DWP (Department for Work and Pension). A new dating site for those people, called BenefitsBritain.com, launched on Friday, with Benefits Street star White Dee approached to be the site's poster girl.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... efits.html
Zoosk Enables Users To Verify Photos
ARKETING DAILY - June 17 - Zoosk's new "photo verification" feature enables users to submit videos of themselves certifying their profile photos are accurate representations of what they look like in real life. This feature will be highlighted in new commercials in the brand's "First Comes Like" ad campaign.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... hotos.html
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Tinder Works Because It Mimics Millennia-old Human Behavior
BUSINESS INSIDER - June 17 - "Tinder works because it mimics the first thing people have to do in a real-life encounter — they have to look at the person", said biological anthropologist Helen Fisher. You can tell a lot about a person from just looking. "Dating sites are not dating sites," Fisher said. "They’re introducing sites."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... avior.html
"Verona" Dating App Aims To Match Israelis And Palestinians
NATIONAL POST - June 16 - Matthew Nolan created Verona, a free Tinder-like dating app in which Israelis and Palestinians can meet and form relationships across the world. Nolan said two of his friends, one from Israel and the other with Palestinian heritage, who are dating, influenced him to create the app.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... nians.html
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