Maple Match Taps Anti-Trump Lovers

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups

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 phone has been blowing up so much that my girlfriend made me turn off …




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Tinder Invented Sex, Goes Insane

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups

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 bring myself to finish the VF article. Story after story about relationship-challenged New Yorkers. Men …




Cuban Disses CMB, Funds Competitor Courtem

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups

The Coffee Meets Bagel crash & burn on Shark Tank has led to an interesting development. Mark Cuban, who’s $30M offer the CMB sisters turned down, has invested in Courtem, a dating app from the Anheuser-Busch family. Cuban serves as an advisor and holds an equity stake in the company. Singles join Courtem to see, “what someone might offer them as the best date of their …




HowAboutWe co-founder: How to Avoid Delusional Thinking in Start-up Growth Strategy

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups, Marketing

Over the years I have posted many links to Andrew Chen. Andrew has a great guest post written by Aaron Schildkrout, co-counder of HowAboutWe, which Match recently acquired. While we’re talking about the industry, SFGate has some great stories about the online dating industry. For IAC, it was just another day at the top of the digital dating food chain. HowAboutWe needed an …




LikeBright Pivots to Reveal Chat To Help You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups, Mobile Dating

Several years ago I connected with Nick Soman, founder of LikeBright. We’ve been in contact ever since, talking about the dating industry, market opportunities, matchmaking based on the social graph, etc. After raising over $1 million and trying a number of concepts, LikeBright was stuck. They were unable to figure out how to leverage the social graph to facilitate better matches in …




Hinge As The Anti-Tinder

David Evans Dating Industry Finance, Dating Sites & Startups

The Hinge dating site story is interesting. Hinge is built on the backs of Tinder and the handful of sites that have previously attempted to leverage the Facebook social graph by enabling friends to discover friends of friends and match each other. Everyone else has failed, but with $8 million in the bank, Hinge is officially the new HowAboutWe. They …




Skalfa Releases SkaDate X Dating Software

David Evans Dating Site Technology, Dating Sites & Startups

Over the years I’ve helped launch countless sites on dating site platforms like SkaDate and Boonex. Boonex moved into the social networking market, and SkaDate I hadn’t heard much about in recent memory. It turns out that SkaDate has been busy building a new platform. Snip… We finally launched the new version  of our flagship product, SkaDate X. Note that …




Lovetagged – Date Your Friends’ Friends

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups

Lovetagged, a new Scandinavia-based company lets you play matchmaker for your single friends by setting them up via Facebook. Similar to past versions of LikeIt, LikeBright and a handful of other now-defunct or pivoted companies, LoveTagged is a new Facebook-based matchmaking application that allows users to be virtual matchmakers. LoveTagged will take the awkwardness out of being set up with strangers, …




Stale Coffee Meets Bagel

David Evans Dating Sites & Startups

While in Boston on a recent business trip I found myself at the same restaurant where I met with some potential Coffee Meets Bagel investors a few years ago. Since then CMB has convinced investors to give them over $3 million to fund growth and product development. $3M and the site is basically exactly the same as when it launched, except the communication system, which while awkward at …