PRESS RELEASE -- Mar 2 -- Shanghai-based Meta4 Group Ltd., which operates WorldFriends Networks, (private label multi-lingual personals sites, 200 sites, 1 million members, offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong), raised US$2.5 million in venture capital funding from industry veterans including the co-founders of Lavalife.com, Nicholas Paine and Bruce Croxon. ~17 years ago, together with two other partners, they invented telephone personals, and grew Lavalife to US$90 million revenues. Nicholas Paine is Meta4 Group's Executive Chairman. Partner sites include: So-net (Japan), Eigotown (Japan), Japan Zone (Japan), Japan Guide (Japan) and China Times (Taiwan).
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