Online Dating Insider

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During the first several months of a dating startup, it’s important to be flexible about plans, timelines and expectations. We’re testing assumptions about the target market, what’s important to them when it comes to selecting an online dating service, the messaging and branding they respond to, how much it costs to acquire members, member lifetime customer value and other key metrics which together drive dating industry success.

Services: Advisory services, coaching, first 5,000 members, growth hacks and marketing tactics.

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I have been educating journalists about online dating trends, novel topics, research and story ideas for a decade. I work with journalists diligently to tell the larger story about the online dating industry, it’s key players, niche markets, relationship with social networking, social media, mobile and much more.

Online Dating Insider has been been mentioned in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NPR, BBC, CNBC, Businessweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, TechCrunch, Newsweek, Inc., Trendwatching, Betabeat, Business Insider and many other international media outlets.

Services: Social & dating industry overview, trends and predictions.

Contact me for my unique perspective on the online dating industry, insights and commentary and trends & predictions about the online dating industry.


You’re probably here because you want a straightforward conversation about investing in a dating business. I have been educating investors about the online dating industry for a decade. No matter where you are in the research process, I’ll share valuable insights into the dating industry you won’t hear anywhere else. Our calls are not about spreadsheets. We’re talking a bit of history, hot topics like IAC and Tinder, and I’m giving you my take on things having watched the dating industry for many years.

Services: Social & dating industry analysis, due diligence and gut- checks.

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Dave has incredible insight into the online dating industry and social networking. We look at our website,, everyday, and we often loose sight of the big picture. Dave has helped us see the entire forest and not just focus on the trees. I recommend Dave to anyone thinking about entering this business.

Meir Strahberg


After spending months in research and thousands in development we made a call to David as we moved forward with our online project. As it turned out the one hour call saved us over 100 grand. David uncovered our blind spot which led to our private fund pulling out of this particular deal. Some folks claim to be experts. David IS the expert!

Jeff Basler


David publishes *the* blog of the online dating industry. His writing has helped me tremendously during the planning and launch of my new company.

Maximilian Niederhofer

Venture Capitalist

Recent Blog Posts

A Fond Farewell

It's been a great 14 years blogging at Online Dating Insider, and now it's time to move on. 4,000 blog posts, hundreds of interviews and several hundred advisory calls with dating entrepreneurs and investors. $25M+ invested in dating startups. I’ve worked with...

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Maple Match Taps Anti-Trump Lovers

Recently I tweeted about Maple Match. The service is waitlisting members with a promise to make it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency. I have never had a tweet retweeted so much, my...

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Tinder Invented Sex, Goes Insane

Tinder Invented Sex, Goes Insane

Longtime dating expert Julie Spira wrote a piece on HuffPo about a Vanity Fair article,  Tinder and the Dawn of "Dating Apocalypse.". Update: Tinder just lost its mind on Twitter over a Vanity Fair story. Grab the popcorn, this is going to be good. I couldn't even...

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Why Bots Like Dating Sites

Dating services employ any number of  anti-fraud solutions. Over the years I've seen registered devices (doesn't work), geo-IP lookups and all sorts of home-brewed solutions. Are You Human is a technology used to fight bots, which supposedly account for 2/3's of most...

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Is The End Of Ashley Madison Near?

Cheater dating site Ashley Madison has been hacked by someone who worked there in the past in a technical capacity. The person was upset that AM was charging people to remove their profiles completely. Instead of doing what everyone else supposedly does, AM charged...

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