TECH CRUNCH - Oct 23 - Vibes, founded by an all-female team, aims to be different than other dating apps. The swipe mechanics are still there, but that's about the only similarity you'll find between Vibes and the likes of Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and others. Text messaging is not part of the experience. When users sign up, they first must agree to the app's code of conduct. Vibes' code of conduct centers around respecting others. Then they chose whether they're down to vibe with people whose preferred pronouns are him, her or them. Next, they select photos and a conversation starter. If they match with someone, they'll record a short, pixelated video answering their question. For every first message they receive, Vibes requires them to actively acknowledge if the message was or was not okay with them. Vibes soft-launched back in July and currently has a few hundred people using the app. Vibes, which has $1.5M in funding, is free to use but envisions developing a freemium model down the road.