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It’s Time For New Dating Industry Metrics

Love to see Jan Koum at WhatsApp take the rest of the messaging industry to task (Tech Crunch) regarding active vs. total number of users. Messaging apps are throwing around claims of 100 million, 300 million users, but how many of them are actually engaged with these services on a daily/monthly … [Continue reading...]

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IAC Creates Match Group

Is Match getting ready to spin out of IAC? Today's announcement seems to point in that direction. InterActiveCorp (IACI) CEO Greg Blatt is stepping down from his current position to become chairman of the Match Group, a new IAC operating unit containing the company's Match (online dating) … [Continue reading...]

AngelList Dating Companies

Poking around AngelList for dating site startup funding opportunities. The category features 414 companies, 20,910 investors and  73,873 followers. Over 50 new dating sites have listed on AngelList in the last few months. Dating site investors are all over the map, it's not a specific category … [Continue reading...]

Zoosk Cleaning Up for IPO

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Getting lots of calls from people wanting to talk about Zoosk lately, and now this. Zoosk is preparing to go public, having picked Bank of America to lead its initial public offering. Looks like an acquisition is off the table for now, and finally we will be able to parse Zoosk's earnings and other … [Continue reading...]

Match and SNAP Interactive Financials

Reading IAC quarterly financials: - New user conversion to payers is up double digits at Match, driven primarily by improvements in the mobile product. Nontraditional products. The user growth here has been phenomenal, up 90% year-over-year to over 16.5 million monthly users. - What's so … [Continue reading...]

ChristianMingle, The Movie

Christian Mingle is taking a play from the PerfectMatch playbook, partnering with Corbin Bernsen's Home Theater Films on the recently announced movie, Christian Mingle. The 2005 movie Must Love Dogs featured the PerfectMatch dating site prominently. See also POF in Lada Gaga videos. Can a movie … [Continue reading...]

Online Dating Industry News 12-10-13

This guy! How cool is Sir Richard? Buy others on your flight drinks and food and then chat them up with Red, Virgin's entertainment system. http://youtu.be/M_Bes6P2isY Hookups or hangouts: Comparing dating apps Tinder and Hinge. Here's another one, Tinder Enters The Friend Zone. This guy … [Continue reading...]

Spark Networks, a Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

My favorite clandestine Spark Networks tracker sent in the following and said I could print it, so here it goes (no they do not work for a competing dating site). Your counter-points in the comments, or do you agree with the below perspective?  Let me know, curious what the dating industry audience … [Continue reading...]

Dating App Update: Swoon, Catalyst, Closer, Charade Date

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There are a bunch of new social/dating apps showing up on my radar. I guess the thing now is how easy it is to create a mobile dating app. Making a compelling one, now that's another story. The marketplace is saturated with apps with little differentiation, which makes it difficult for singles to … [Continue reading...]

Online Dating Industry News 12-9-13

Jiayuan.com: Strong Balance Sheet But Needing To Reduce User Churn. This is a fantastic look into Jiayuan finances. Jiayuan.com International's CEO Discusses Q2 2013 Results. If Tinder And Snapchat Shacked Up And Had A Baby, It Would Be Called Swipe. You know what's even better? At First … [Continue reading...]