INDEPENDENT.CO.UK - Oct 17 - Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, has ventured into the podcasting world with a new series "The Truth Flirts", created by dating app Badoo. Each week, Mel B will be joined by a panel of celebrity guests to discuss the highs and lows of dating. Guests reveal their truthful opinions on topics from ghosting to gold diggers, politics to parenthood. Mel B revealed that she isn't on dating apps herself but finds the concept "fascinating".
THE SCOTTISH SUN - Oct 8 - A woman who was branded fat on a Tinder date gone wrong is starring in a rival app Badoo's new online dating show - Badoo Dating SOS. Jade Savage, 28, spent four hours travelling to see a man she had met online but he insulted her as she walked out of the train station. The creep told curvy size-14 Jade she had "put some weight on" and accused her of looking nothing like she had on a previous date - just four weeks earlier. Jade managed to raise £1K on a GoFundMe page, which she set up as a joke, to get her wasted £93 that she spent going on her date. The Badoo online show sees Jade go on two dates with men that the dating app experts have chosen for her.
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Oct 6 - Bumble CEO & founder Whitney Wolfe Herd enjoyed a £4M dividend ahead of a possible float for the firm's parent company. Badoo is the UK-headquartered majority owner of Bumble, which also controls gay dating app Chappy and over 50s app Lumen. Wolfe Herd owns ~20% of Bumble. According to UK accounts for Badoo, Bumble now makes up 48% of the business, making it the crown jewel in Mr Andreev's dating empire. Andreev snapped up a 79%c stake in Bumble and has bankrolled founder Ms Wolfe Herd, creating a rival to Tinder. Badoo has been rumoured to be preparing for a US listing itself, with its Bumble asset valued on its own at north of $1B.
REPUBLIC WORLD - Oct 6 - Tinder was the most downloaded app in the online dating category during September 2019, according to research firm Sensor Tower. Tinder had close to 5.5M installs in September, resulting in a total of 4% increase from the same period last year. Badoo was the second most installed dating app worldwide. Tantan, MeetMe, and Happn rounded out the top five most installed dating apps worldwide for the month. Here is the full list of top 10 dating apps.
BANGKOKPOST - Aug 19 - In Thailand, Badoo was once the most downloaded dating app, but has been overtaken by Tinder. To Tinder, this is a surprising achievement because Asia was not their target market when the app was introduced in 2012. Seeing the high demand in Asia, Tinder is now working on building a new version of the app called "Tinder Lite". Tinder Lite will be 25% faster while consuming 20% less battery on devices and it will take up 25-times less storage space on Android device. Match Group believes Asia will comprise 25% of Tinder's total revenue by 2023.
by Sopheavuthtey Borin
See full article at Bangkok Post
MEDIA POST - Aug 8 - Emogi, a tech company that creates visual content for messaging apps, is rebranding to Holler and announcing an integration with dating app Badoo. In a pilot test, Badoo found users were engaging more with one another when they were sending GIFs and stickers.
OPW - July 16 - Ten years ago I tried an experiment doing video news updates from locations like Prague and Venice. They were a lot of work, and and way too long really. I think 2-3 minutes is about all the time you have, so here's a new experiment. Two Minute Tuesday News Updates. Please let me know your thoughts.
BUSINESS INSIDER - July 10 - Badoo founder, Andrey Andreev, is launching an independent investigation into his workplace culture after an explosive report by Forbes. Forbes spoke to 13 former employees who described naked cocaine-fueled parties, software updates named after porn stars, and inappropriate remarks made by Andreev. Andreev said he has was "shocked and saddened" by the allegations and has brought in HR firm Peninsula Group to conduct an investigation.
TECH CRUNCH - July 10 - Following an extensive report in Forbes about Bumble's parent company and its billionaire founder Andrey Andreev, the female-first dating app's founder Whitney Wolfe Herd has issued a statement. She says she was "mortified by the allegations" and "saddened and sickened to hear that anyone, of any gender, would ever be made to feel marginalized or mistreated in any capacity at their workplace." The allegations went beyond portraying a sexist work environment and detailed racist attitudes of the Badoo founder.
FORBES - July 7 - Andrey Andreev's biggest asset is Badoo, a European- and Latin American-focused dating app that, with 60M users, stands as one of the world's largest. His buzziest, however, is Bumble, the dating app focused on empowering women. Andrey launched his first dating company - Mamba - in 2004. It was a bare-bones desktop dating site for Russian users. Finam Holdings invested $20M in Mamba for a 90% stake; Andreev sold the rest to Finam in 2006 for an undisclosed amount. Building off the success of Mamba, Andreev launched Badoo in 2006. In 2010, Badoo launched its iPhone mobile app. The company went from 20M user sign-ups to 100M in four months, mostly in Europe and Latin America, and notched $200M in revenue. (Forbes estimates that last year Badoo had a bit over $300M in revenue.) Simultaneous with this growth, Badoo began earning a reputation for wild parties. More concerning, several former employees say office behavior was hostile and discriminatory toward women. Andreev maintains that he is a collaborator and unifier, not racist or sexist as others allege. Wolfe Herd, who spent Bumble's formative period walking around London with Andreev for days, says she has never witnessed toxic behavior in the Badoo headquarters. And she stands firmly behind Andreev. "What I've seen firsthand from Andrey is creative and motivating behavior. Andrey has never been anything but kind and respectful to me."
GAY TIMES - July 8 - Badoo and Gay Times have announced a new campaign, which aims to educate the 430M users of the dating app on how to better be an LGBTQ ally. The campaign is aimed at non-LGBTQ users of the app, and has been called The Allyship Partnership. As part of the campaign, Badoo will donate £1 to Amplifund for every 'swipe of support' and will also include educational in-app cards.
by Matt Moore
The full article was originally published at Gay Times, but is no longer available.
TECH CRUNCH - June 29 - The feature is double opt-in, meaning users won't get a video call from some rando the second that they match with them. Instead, users will see an icon inside their chat that they can tap on to enable the features that move beyond text. Bumble parent company MagicLab plans to bring voice and video calls to its other dating apps (Badoo, Chappy, Lumen) as well.
SOCIAL SONGBIRD - June 18 - Badoo, the world's largest dating app and part of the group of dating and social networking companies owned by Andrey Andreev, has launched a new global brand campaign. Badoo's new tagline of 'Date Honestly', replaces 'Bigger than Dating'. Created entirely by Badoo's in-house creatives 'Date Honestly' features real users, with real handwritten bios. Badoo has pledged it will no longer use models or actors in future promotional material.
WALL STREET JOURNAL - June 14 - "We're looking for the big, big monsters who can partner with me", said Andrey Andreev, the Russian billionaire behind Bumble. He plans to spend $100M creating an array of new dating apps, part of an expansion and revamp of the privately held holding company that also owns Lumen, a dating app for over 50s, and gay-dating app Chappy. Last year, Match offered to acquire Mr. Andreev's group of companies, but Mr. Andreev declined, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal talks valued the umbrella group at ~$1B.
MIRROR.CO.UK - June 8 - According to Badoo research honesty is one of the most attractive traits when it comes to online dating. People who live at home with their parents and drink heavily have been revealed to be the most eligible daters online. Analysing 5K users, the dating site found people who reveal niche information, about themselves such as whether they want children someday, were more popular than those who didn't. Female users who claimed to have or want children someday were the most right-swiped, whereas male users who claimed to not want children were top of the list.
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK - June 3 - On Monday, authorities confirmed that Tinder had been reclassified as an "information provider". Under Russia's controversial anti-terrorism legislation, that means that the tech company will now be required to store and hand over user data: encryption passwords, geolocation details, photo and video content. While Tinder currently encrypts messages, the company's own terms state that user data can be handed over on request from security services. Russia's security services want to make that process automatic. Tinder has yet to comment on the change, but may be blocked if it does not comply with the request. Two of the country's most popular sites – Mamba and Wamba – were added to the state information register in 2014. Badoo followed three years later.
QUARTZ - May 9 - Tantan, China's favourite dating app, is now the fifth-most popular in India by combined monthly active users on iOS and Android phones, according to App Annie. In May 2018, Tantan did not feature among the top 10, but zoomed to the 4th position by July. It has since slid one spot following the launch of Bumble in December.
Top dating apps in India
(as on May 2018) (as on March 2019)
1. Tinder 1. Tinder
2. Happn 2. Happn
3. Azar 3. Azar
4. Badoo 4. Bumble
5. OkCupid 5. Tantan
Tantan translates in Mandarin to "talk." Launched in 2014, the app bears a high resemblance to Tinder, and was acquired by the Chinese social network Momo in February 2018. Tantan has ~90M registered users in China. The dating app has been advertising aggressively on TikTok.
THE NEXT WEB - May 9 - Bumble has recently introduced AI to automatically censor unsolicited dick pics to make online dating for women a safer and friendlier space. Starting in June, users of dating apps including Bumble, Badoo, Chappy, and Lumen will have access to the AI-based tool "Private Detector." The tool, which allegedly has a 98% accuracy in spotting nudes, will warn users of an image it deems as "lewd" or offensive. "Putting women's safety first is out top priority," says Louise Troen, Bumble's VP of Internal Marketing and Communications in the UK. "We have 1000s of moderators, all around the world, looking for it. AI is built into Bumble that can monitor and find images like this."