MUMBRELLA - Apr 27 - Sriram Krishnan takes on a brief to build the brand in new markets, including Asia. Krishnan led the expansion of Spotify in Asia Pacific in 2014, establishing the brand in countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
BBC NEWS - Apr 26 - The details of ~9M members including their weight, height, job, and phone numbers were discovered unencrypted online in Dec 2015. They have now been sold on the black market. Beautiful People originally claimed the content was from a test server but Mr Vickery said the data itself was still genuine.
LIFEHACKER.CO.UK - Apr 26 - The best time to find love online is on Tuesdays at 2pm, according to the latest eHarmony research. The eHarmony team conducted a study of 800K log-ins to identify the peak hours throughout the week for finding and arranging a date. They discovered ten big online dating spikes and nine of them happen on a Monday and Tuesday around lunch time.
MASHABLE - Apr 27 - Tinder has just launched Tinder Social, a new function that allows users to create a group on the platform, which can then match with other groups looking for a night out. Tinder Social is currently being tested with a small group in Australia.
FORBES - Apr 25 - Sexual preference, relationship status, income, address - these are some of the details applicants for the controversial dating site BeautifulPeople.com are asked to supply before they are judged by the existing user base, who vote on who is allowed in. Thanks to the leak, all of this info is now public. The leak also included 15M private messages between users. The data is now being sold by traders.
MASHABLE - Apr 25 - Dating app Bumble will require male users to reply to women's messages within 24 hours, or they lose the match. Bumble launched in 2014. Once a couple matches (through a swipe function) only women can initiate the conversation, and they have to message within 24 hours or lose the match. At that point, men are permitted to message back. Up until now, men had "forever" to do so. Now they're beholden to the same time window as women are.
TECH WORLD - Apr 23 - Sean Rad sat on the stage alongside Farrah Storr, the editor of Cosmopolitan. When asked if it makes him angry when Tinder is referred to as a hook-up app he said: "Not angry, but it's incorrect. It is a platform. What our users decide to do is completely up to them." Tinder's largest demo is the millennial. He adds: "I don't think 18-25 year olds are looking to get married. We survey our users and the majority of them want a meaningful connection." One of the more interesting sections of the conversation was around Rad's short exile. "It was a surprise", he said. "The company was doing incredibly well. I think the board had some fears that at a young age I wouldn't be able to manage that growth. I had fears. I didn't know if I could manage this growth. So we brought in a new CEO." When asked if he is worried about rival dating apps, Rad said: "No, not at all. We're a global brand, with tens of millions actively using Tinder."
WASHINGTON POST - Apr 22 - Almost four weeks after April Fool's day, Burrit-oh! - the dating site that pairs singles based on their taste in portable Mexican - has proven so unexpectedly successful that maker Zoosk is thinking of keeping it. To date, ~2K people have signed up for Burrit-oh!.
NEXT SHARK - Apr 22 - Matthew Nolan is a techie from Detroit who founded several successful startups. His last startup, software-as-a-service company Speek, raised ~$10M in funding before it was acquired in July 2015. In April 2015, he launched Verona, a Tinder-like dating app aimed at bringing Israelis and Palestinians together. Seeing the app's rapid growth, Nolan realized that Verona could go beyond just romantic matchmaking. It is now a friend-making app. Earlier this year in advance of the presidential race he introduced a new feature that connects Democrats and Republicans. "Our goal is world peace", he says.
NYDAILYNEWS - Apr 21 - The Brickyard in St. Albans placed this sign in the women's restroom.
The idea for the sign came to mind after two women asked managers if the men they were with looked like their photos. Most of the feedback about the sign has been positive, but several people suggested having a similar sign in the men's bathroom.
NYMAG - Apr 20 - Shannon Workman, a junior at the University of Nebraska Omaha and a former member of the Chi Omega sorority, posted a photo of herself wearing a shirt with Chi Omega lettering on her Tinder profile. Administrators accused her of violating a "human dignity" rule, and began to move forward with membership revocation. Tinder CEO and co-founder Sean Rad offered Workman a full year's scholarship and a paid internship at Tinder's offices in California upon learning the news.
THE VISTA VOICE - Apr 19 - Mazama Capital Management bought 157K shares of Match Group, valued at ~$2.1M. Mazama Capital Management owned 0.06% of Match Group as of its most recent filing with the SEC. RS Investment Management Co. LLC acquired shares valued at $16M, Schroder Investment Management Group bought $15.6M worth of shares; Jennison Associates - $14M; BlackRock Advisors LLC $12M. Manning & Napier Advisors - $10M.
ADNEWS.COM.AU - Apr 19 - The marketing director will lead all marketing efforts in Australia across offline, online acquisition, brand, creative and CRM. eHarmony's current senior marketing manager, Lynsey Tomkinson, is moving back to the UK.
TECH INSIDER - Apr 18 - TrumpPeopleMeet.com is a URL owned by People Media, a subsidiary of IAC. The Trump supporter-focused dating site has yet to launch. Indeed, IAC says it will never launch. "We absolutely have no intention of launching TrumpPeopleMeet.com," said IAC's representative. Rather, it's an instance of a conglomerate protecting its branding.
MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK - Apr 18 - UK people lost £60M in relationship scams last year. Scamalytics, the company with a large anti-fraud database, says it now spots 60K 'romance scams' taking place in the UK every week. "The most common fraud is when people are asked to transfer money via Western Union or Moneygram", said Dan Winchester, founder of Scamalytics. Online fraud is a big and sophisticated industry. People might think they are messaging a person, when they're actually messaging a bot.
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Apr 16 - Since its launch at the end of 2014, Bumble has attracted 3.5M users - and is currently getting 25K new users a day. "I wanted to start a network that encouraged positive online behaviour versus bullying", says Whitney Wolfe, Bumble founder. On Bumble, a man can only message a woman a finite number of times before the app raises a red flag, asking her whether she's being harassed. The dating app has now introduced a new feature: Bumble BFF (best friends forever). This allows users to pinpoint prospective friends in their local area and meet up.
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Apr 13 - For many, freckles are a sign of individual beauty. Match.com has faced a barrage of criticism for an ad that 'profits by bullying' by calling freckles 'imperfections'. Match.com issued a statement apologizing for any offence caused, insisting it felt freckles were 'beautiful'.