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Zoosk IPO: The Offering Price Is Everything

Seeking Alpha has an article about the planned Zoosk IPO. A couple of datapoints for those tracking this evolving situation. High Operating Expenses Raise Red Flag: The extremely high operating expenses (72% of revenue in fiscal 2013) raise concerns that this is a company simply buying its users … [Continue reading...]

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

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 … [Continue reading...]

Siri, Get Me A Date

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The team of engineers that created Siri, Apple's voice-driven intelligent assistant, are creating a an advanced form of AI which "will be able to teach itself, giving it almost limitless capabilities. The stealth startup, Viv Labs, has been working on the new service, called Viv, for two years. In … [Continue reading...]

Can Dating Sites Make Us More Civil?

Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on YouTube or Tinder quickly understands that thought-impaired people spewing invectives using terrible grammar make up the majority of commenters and right-swipers. Thankfully we now we have apps like Tinderliker to do the swiping for us. Nudging uses … [Continue reading...]

Researchers Don’t Think Online Dating Works

The Washington Post writes about the effectiveness of online dating: And yet, just this week, a new analysis from Michigan State Universityfound that online dating leads to fewer committed relationships than offline dating does — that it doesn’t work, in other words. That, in the words of its own … [Continue reading...]

Camgirls Are Taking Over the Adult Dating Market

Webcam sex is now a billion-dollar market. The New York Times has a writeup of the industry, what's driving it, the money involved and much more. The day-in-the-life story of a popular webcam girl is worth the read. … [Continue reading...]

Gaming And Dating

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Did you know that recent research shows that 50 percent of spouses who met online did so somewhere other than a traditional dating site? Social casino Vegas World wrote in to say: True love knows no bounds, and more and more people are finding it in multiplayer games and virtual worlds. One such … [Continue reading...]

Matchmakers Figure Rich Millennials Make For Good TV

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Janis Spindel, high-priced matchmaker to Wall Street fat cats and other power-mongers unable to land a suitable yoga instructor, is launching a reality television show. Let's just parse the press release, I'm too tired to be serious today. “It’s overwhelming,” says Janis, the mom of the … [Continue reading...]

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

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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 … [Continue reading...]

Hinge As The Anti-Tinder

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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 … [Continue reading...]