STANDARD.CO.UK - Mar 14 - Huggle founders Stina Sanders and Valerie Stark talk success, goals and going global. They started Huggle, a friendship and dating app, which shuns appearance matching and connects its users based mutual interests and the places they have in common instead.
Q: How did Huggle go from being an idea to an app?
A: We took our idea to a tech investor who backed Bumble. Once we had gone through the process of securing our investment, we went ahead and started to design the app. We had a soft launch in 2015 and eventually Huggle launched in July 2016 – going global in October.
Q: How long did it take to build the app?
A: It took six months to build the app from scratch.
Q: Where do you think Huggle has bridged a gap in the market?
A: The majority of apps connect people by appearance. We match people based on the places they go. I love seeing who else goes to the places I go.
Q: What made you branch into the dating sector?
A: The app launched as a platonic app but we couldn’t ignore the fact that people wanted to look for dates too.
Q: What advice would you give to other women who are looking to get into the tech industry?
A: Jump in and learn. Be a sponge.
Q: What's next for Huggle?
A: New design, new features, new brand parterships and we are also continuing to build our U.S marketing team.
by Tristen Lee
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