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Issue 540 - OPW/iDate Industry News - December 4th, 2017
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Author:  datingindustrynews [ Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Issue 540 - OPW/iDate Industry News - December 4th, 2017

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Momo Q3 Results - Income Doubled YOY

MOMO - Nov 28 - Net revenues increased 126% YOY to $354.5M. Net income increased to $79.1M in Q3 of 2017 from $39M in the same period last year. Monthly Active Users were 94M in Sep 2017, compared to 77M in Sep 2016. Live video service continued its momentum and generated revenues of $301M. The rapid growth in live video revenues was contributed by the increase in the quarterly paying users, which was 4.1M, as well as, the increase in the average revenues per paying user per quarter.


Shark Tank: Hater Dating App Accepts $200k Offer From Mark Cuban

BUSINESS2COMMUNITY - Nov 27 - Hater dating app, which went viral earlier this year, connects people based on what they hate. The sharks think it's an interesting idea. Since Valentine's Day, they have accumulated ~500k users. Barbara Corcoran loves the name and offers $250k for 5%, which she says must be accepted right away. Lori Greiner then jumps in and offers $200K for 10% with a promise to create a whole brand around the app. Corcoran then goes out since he did not immediately accept her initial offer. Mark Cuban makes an offer as well, coming in at $200K for 7.5% and 2.5% in advisory shares. Cuban likes the idea of using celebrity influencers, in addition to the gaming aspect. Robert Herjavec likes the PR angle and offers $250K for 15% with Corcoran for a total investment of $500K. Ultimately, Hater's Founder Brendan Alper accepts Cuban's offer.

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Tinder Tests A.I Feature That Suggests Who To 'Super Like'

TECH CRUNCH - Dec 2 - Called "Super Likeable," the feature will pop up at random times in the app to offer users a free Super Like which can be used on one of four people presented on the Super Likeable card. The goal with Super Likeable is to present potential matches users might swipe on based on their previous swiping behavior. This is powered by artificial intelligence. Some people say Super Likes make them feel uncomfortable, and those sending the Super Like come across as creepy. Others say it has an element of desperation to it, so they opt not to use it. But Tinder's own data indicates that Super Likes are highly effective, as they increase users' likelihood of matching by three times. Free Tinder users only receive one Super Like per day, while paid subscribers receive five. It is now being testing in NYC and L.A.


Tantan Wants To Solve China's Singles Problem

TECHNODE - Nov 28 - Tantan is the Chinese app most comparable to Tinder. "There is a serious lack of opportunities for China's young singles to make new friends. And this problem is much bigger than that in the west," says Tantan's founder and CEO Wang Yu at TechCrunch Shanghai. "College students basically have no parties and rarely go clubbing." Tantan is 3 years old and has ~6-7M DAU and has matched ~3-4B pairs of users. The swipe-left, swipe-right feature inevitably conjures the impression of a hookup app, though the company says it has taken measures to keep the user experience "clean." For instance, Tantan claims it has shut down 30M out of its 100M registered users who are suspected harassers, salespeople, or those who use fake profile pictures.

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Lunch Actually Launches First AI & Blockchain-Based Dating Project - Viola.AI

PRESS RELEASE - Nov 27 - Lunch dating company Lunch Actually Group is introducing a new project called Viola.AI, and launching its first Initial Coin Offering (ICO); set to commence its private pre-sale today. Viola.AI is a dating and relationship A.I. that generates dating and relationship content for every user based on their relationship stage. The Group is currently exploring a collaboration opportunity with AI Singapore, a government programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) aimed to boost the nation's AI capabilities. Viola.AI project has also secured a grant from the Partner Connection Fund, an enabler fund by the Singapore Government that supports promising dating ideas.


HiMyNameIs Video Dating App Is For Sale

OPW - Nov 27 - The video dating app HIMYNAMEIS (iTunes, Android; read: Hi my name is) is for sale. The app has been developed during 2015-2017 and soft launched in Sweden (with ~6300 registrations). The current owners have moved on to other projects and lack financial resources to establish the product on other markets. HIMYNAMEIS is based on the idea that a short video (max 10 sec), where the users are asked to just say their name, is a more realistic way to find potential partners than swiping pics. Asking price is $90k for the technical platform (backend with iOS and Android apps), documentation, app admin interface, the website (Wordpress) and the brand. Currently there are no revenues. The app supports interstitial ads, but the idea is to add subscription features later. The app was developed by DBBest, an Ukraine/American company and the team is still is available if the new owners want to do adjustments and continue developing the product. The tech stack is a MySQL-database, PHP using the Symfony2-framework, hosted on AWS, and the native apps. More info here: https://www.dbbest.com/blog/himynameis- ... on-review/. Contact Olle on olle@himynameisapp.com if you are interested.

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How A Job Layoff Led Murugavel Janakiraman To Build A Matchmaking Company

MONEY CONTROL - Nov 27 - Matrimony Pvt Ltd runs the largest matchmaking service in India, which has 65% of its population under 35 years of age. Murugavel Janakiraman, founder & CEO of Matrimony.com, became an entrepreneur accidentally after he got laid off from his job during the 'Y2K' crisis in the year 2000. He moved back permanently to India to concentrate on his venture. Matchmaking was one of the key drivers of Internet in India in its early days which saw competitors such as Shaadi.com. The crucial factor for the company's success, Janakiraman says, was their frugal nature of doing business. "When we started, we invested just $10 per month in marketing," he says. Matrimony has raised Rs 99 crore ($15M) in two rounds over the last 17 years from investors such as Yahoo, Mayfield and Canaan Partners. Only in 2017, in a pre-IPO placement it raised $35M (Rs 225 crore) from investors such as HDFC, Goldman Sachs and Baring Private Equity. Today it has a consortium of ~300 community matrimony websites including ChristianMatrimony, MuslimMatrimony, SikhMatrimony, JainMatrimony and so on. The company's IPO in Sep was oversubscribed by 4.41 times. Matrimony.com claims to enjoy a 60% market share in the segment ahead of major competitors Shaadi.com, JeevanSaathi.com and others.


Snap Interactive Appoints Wall Street Crypto Expert To Blockchain Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE - Nov 28 - SNAP Interactive has appointed Wall Street crypto expert and venture capital veteran Lou Kerner to its Blockchain Advisory Board. Mr. Kerner will begin advising on the strategic development of blockchain and crypto initiatives at SNAP.

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