ARABNET - Mar 27 - World Singles Networks (WSN) recently announced the launch of ArabLounge in Arabic. ArabLounge had so far been available in French and English, capturing ~600K unique visitors and 18M page views per month and ~1M registered members.
Q: What is your background?
A: I was born in Tehran, Iran. I lived there for 3 years before moving to Paris, then US. I attended Clark University in Worcester, where I received my degree in International Affairs.
I also co-founded EventNow, an online service connecting users who are having an event or party with pre-screened vendors. I have also recently started doing some angel investing. Some of the startups that I am involved with include BrokerRoster, Kohort, TrekTraka, a soon to be launched music streaming service for the MENA region.
Q: Concerning WSN, how did it all begin and where you are now?
A: In my mid to late 20s I became increasingly interested in connecting more meaningfully with my Middle Eastern roots and meeting like-minded Iranian expatriates. I created IranianPersonals in 2001. From there we launched ArabLounge, HyeSingles (Armenian), JamaicanDating, EligibleGreeks, IslamicMarriage and many others. We are profitable, growing and have a few media partnerships that will soon be announced.
Q: Why did it take longer to get WSN and Arab Lounge to the Arab region?
A: Our initial company focus was on Diasporas, but has expanded beyond serving expats. It’s important that we strategically expand our footprint to countries that have mature online payment systems. While there are still hurdles in this regard, the timing is right.