GRUENDERSZENE - June 10 - Tomorrow Focus, Munich-based Internet group, sold its dating portal Elite Partner to Oakley Capital for 22M EUR. Tomorrow Focus wants to focus on the online travel market. Oakley Capital, headquartered in London, is a private equity firm which focuses on investments in telecommunications, information technology and media. Oakley also bought Parship in May 2015.
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PRESS RELEASE - Apr 2 - Oakley Capital bought Parship, one of the leading online dating services in Europe, from the founding company Holtzbrinck Digital. The transaction is expected to close in May. Parship was founded in 2001. The company saw ~60M Eur in revenues in 2014, an increase 35% YOY. Oakley Capital, headquartered in London, is a private equity firm which focuses on investments in telecommunications, information technology and media.
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MARIE CLAIRE - Dec 18 - Two thirds of potential dates check out Facebook and Twitter before a first date, with three quarters of these cancelling if they find something that paints their prospective love interest in a bad light, according to a survey by Parship. The top "turn offs" were bad profile pictures, a lack of humour, aggressive online behaviour, flirting with others via profile and over sharing.
PRESS RELEASE - June 6 - Arne Kahlke is returning to Parship and with Henning Rönneberg will form the new dual leadership of Parship. In 2004 Kahlke founded EliteMedianet, the parent company of ElitePartner.de. He led the company until 2010. He was working for Parship from 2002 to 2004 as the Chief of Marketing and Sales. Kahlke will take care of the marketing activities and business in Germany. Rönneberg will focus on the international activities.
GRÜNDERSZENE - May 13 - After two and a half years Schmidt decided to step down (reportedly for personal reasons) and hand the reigns of leadership over to the current Parship CFO Henning Rönneberg. Peter F. Schmid will leave at the end of May. Henning Rönneberg (43) has served as Parship CFO since 2008.
PRESS RELEASE - May 10 - eDarling, FriendScout24, Neu.de and Parship voluntarily committed to comply with rules (SPIN Kodex) that Federal Association of the Digital Economy (BVDW) put together to protect their customers. The "SPIN Kodex" defines clear rules related to cancellations policy, recurring payments and privacy issues. All parties must take all necessary measures to prevent fraudulent or criminal misuse of their platforms by third parties.
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - May 3 - Four out of 10 of the British women surveyed confessed they are after romance, lasting love and even marriage with their toy boys. 44% want something steady, safe and secure while 13% are after a new start following a break-up. The poll of 4,5K singles by Parship shows women in their 40s and 50s are keen to date a man who is five years or more younger. In 2005, similar research revealed just 8% considered dating a younger man. 18% per cent of guys under 40 said they were actively looking to meet an attractive, older woman, compared to 5% five years ago.
by Nicky Harley
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PARSHIP - Jan 11 - A recent study by PARSHIP and the University of Bremen in Germany shows that a person’s career influences their level of appeal to other singles, with male doctors and female lawyers most in demand. Singles attract less attention if their job only demands a basic education (e.g. warehouseman, salesperson, driver).
The 10 most appealing career designations
Men’s careers/ Women’s careers
2. Architect/ Flight attendant
3. Psychologist /Doctor
4. Scientific assistant/Business manager
5. Policeman/Scientific assistant
7. Lawyer/Foreign language assistant
9. Management Consultant/Teacher
PRESS RELEASE - May 23 - Parship clamis to be the first online matchmaking agency to offer a mobile website in addition to an iPhone app. With PARSHIP Mobile, members using a smartphone can read and answer messages anytime, anywhere and browse through their current list of partner suggestions. The mobile website follows the PARSHIP iPhone app launched in June 2010. Since then, ~30,000 members have used the free service enabling mobile access to all the key PARSHIP functions.
IRISH TIMES - Feb 8 - Online dating has become commonplace, and spring is the most popular time for people to give it a go. Paula Hall of Parship.ie says that spring brings by far the biggest spike in new members. In fact, up to three times as many people join in spring as at any other time of the year. Jill McGrath, MD of Maybefriends.com, sees a similar trend, with up to 6,000 new people joining the site in January alone. Gráinne Barry from Anotherfriend.com, which now has ~500K members and boasts 300 marriages, agrees. “We are seeing a growing trend with the 45+ audience. FULL ARTICLE @ IRISH TIMES
PRESS RELEASE - Aug 19 - Parship is now offering its gay service on a global scale: from now on, gay men and lesbians around the world can go on a worldwide search for a suitable partner by visiting gay-parship.com. The site is now available in nine languages. FULL ARTICLE @ PARSHIP.DE
PRESS RELEASE - Aug 13 - Over two thirds of UK singles will take the active initiative of going online dating over the next 12 months, but they are not looking for a quick fix: they have patience and are prepared to wait a while to meet their ideal partner, according to a new survey by Parship. 75% of the UK’s 15M singles haven’t had any type of relationship in more than 18 months, while over half (52%) have not had anyone special in their life for more than three years. (39%) – the highest proportion in Europe – don’t expect to meet a potential partner within the next two years; this makes a startling comparison with single people in Denmark, the most optimistic group in Europe, 82% of whom believe that the next two years will bring true love. FULL ARTICLE @ RESPONSE SOURCE
PRESS RELEASE - June 29 - There are an estimated 15M singles now living in Britain of which half (51% or 7.65M) are looking for a long term-relationship; 17% would prefer a casual relationship and 28% are not looking for a relationship at all. However, according to a new survey by PARSHIP, unlike their European counterparts who would choose an unformalised long-term relationship over marriage (across Europe an average of 35% favour a long-term relationship and 17% a marital commitment) – UK singles would go for wedding rings (29%) rather than simple cohabitation (24%). FULL ARTICLE @ RESPONSE SOURCE
PARSHIP - Apr 21 - Men who believe in ‘love at first sight’ and ‘instant chemistry’ are three times more prone to infidelity in their next relationship than men who take at least two weeks to fall in love, according to a new report by Parship. For the majority of single people – 75% of men and 80% of women – it takes at least five dates over several weeks to decide if they want to start a relationship. This survey indicates that there is a close relationship between infidelity and impulsiveness. Of the 22% of men who admitted to infidelity, 67% confessed to two or more affairs, while 14% had been unfaithful on at least ten different occasions. Of the 20% of women who admitted to a previous indiscretion in a relationship, the majority (60%) said they had been unfaithful just once, with 22% admitting to twice and 16% to three times or more. Just 5% admitted to being unfaithful on at least ten separate occasions.
Mark Brooks: Chemistry and love are very different. Chemistry is more sexual and pheromone based. You can have chemistry with someone, but not be compatible. The likes of eHarmony, PerfectMatch, Chemistry and Parship aim to help people find out if their values and characters are compatible for long term harmony. On the other hand, couples may be compatible, but not have 'chemistry.' Meaning, they may not have a physical and pheromone attraction when they meet for a first date. It happens all the time. Couples get on well online, and then the first date bombs because they don't feel attracted. The chances of two people feeling attracted on a first date will increase if they have a chance to talk and get to know each another before they meet. However, if they share too much, it can be detrimental for the first meeting. People need to know the basics about each other. According to Professor Dan Ariely of Duke University (and MIT) The 'halo effect' kicks in. Singles tend to cast ideals onto the person they're about to meet which improves their openness and chances of having chemistry. Its good for them to have some areas of mystery. A key value that dating sites offer is helping singles cover the 'showstopper questions' before meeting. i.e. do they have kids, smoke, drink, want to get married, have more kids. Along with their religion, political sway, and general sexual preferences.