WALL STREET REPORTER -- Mar 31 -- Some summary facts about FriendFinder; 25 million active members, 90 million signups since 1996, 80-90,000 registrations a day, 20 dating verticals including adultfriendfinder, alt, asiafriendfinder, amigos etc. 180 Palo Alto employees, 80 abroad in customer service and photo reviewing, 250 all in. Friendfinder just acquired Cams.com (and hired Legendary Lars). In the future FriendFinder will become more of a personal agent for online daters. They are in acquisition mode and more amenable and interested in going public than in the past.
Mark Brooks: Employee numbers would include FriendFinder's marketing spinoff Medley. Dr Conru got it right in 1996, and is now enjoying the rewards of some very early, very smart decisions. He actually started webpersonals.com in 1994 and sold it off while he was at Stanford Uni. Webpersonals ended up with Lavalife. At the beginning of 2004 Dr Conru was quoted as expecting FriendFinder to make $75-$100 million revenue in 2004. I'm sure they aced those numbers. An Alexa rank of 53 for AdultFriendFinder, no less. There are two very clear strands in society emerging that are being reflected in the online dating arena. (The uncommitted and the comitted). On the one hand, casual/sex dating sites are doing very well, on the other, relationship sites such as eHarmony, True and PerfectMatch are ruling the roost.