FORBES - June 30 - Founded in 2017, Chappy aims to be a judgment-free space. It takes away the focus on height, weight and ethnicity, which have become the primary drivers for getting a match. Sam Dumas, Chappy's head of brand, discuses how the app stands alone, the goals it is trying to achieve and how online dating can go far beyond a one-time hook-up.
Q: How would you describe Chappy?
A: We're a dating app at our core, but represent so much more. We provide an inclusive, kind and respectful network for gay men to form meaningful connections.
Q: Who would you say is your biggest competition in the gay dating space?
A: I truly believe that we stand alone.
Q: What is the purpose of "The Chappy Pledge," and how are you regulating the actions of users?
A: It is our commitment to changing the way people treat each other online.
Q: How would you describe the stigma associated with gay dating apps, and why do you think it is so pervasive?
A: The market is oversaturated with one-sided hookup driven apps. At Chappy we are breaking down the perception that gay men are only looking for one thing. We are certainly fighting against the stigma by recognizing that gay men are looking for more meaningful connections, whatever that may be for the individual.
Q: Where do you see Chappy in the next five years, and how are you looking to get there?
A: This is just the beginning for Chappy. Our main focus right now is on the U.S. market, but we have plans to expand internationally in the near future.