VENTUREBEAT - Mar 1 - The Catch lets women pick men based on the answers to their three questions. The Catch has raised a seed round from investors including Charles Hudson Partner at SoftTech and Precursor Ventures, and others.
SF CHRONICLE - Feb 21 - When designing her new dating app, Bumble, Whitney Wolfe was inspired by the Sadie Hawkins dance, in which women reverse traditional courtship rituals by asking the men to the dance. The app works similarly to Tinder, which Wolfe co-founded. The difference? With Bumble, only the woman is allowed to send the first message after a mutual match is made. The Catch, launched on Valentine’s Day, “gamifies” the selection process with a Q&A from the woman to a handful of candidates. Project Fixup, ensures that the guy actually wants to date, rather than simply chat, with a pay-per-date model that arranges the person, time and place; the two parties only have to “accept” and show up.
TECH CRUNCH - Feb 17 - Tinder-like app keep popping up. There is Hinge for yuppies, The League for elitists, Bumble for shy guys, The Catch for wordsmiths, Meld for black professionals, Willow for those who care about personality not looks, HeavenlySinful for those who want to get laid, etc. Right now, Tinder seems to be sticking with its one-app-fits-all approach with no plans on catering to niches. It’d be wise for IAC to at least explore the idea of building its own Micro-Tinders, adding some more segmentation into its main app. There are a lot of hot people to swipe right, but finding someone who is a good match can take plenty of train wreck dates. Better sorting preferences could connect people who are actually compatible.
HUFFINGTON POST - Feb 12 - Shannon Ong started The Catch, a new dating app where women invite men to compete for a chance to win a date with them. Women pick questions to ask men, and narrows down the pool by selecting their favorite answers to each round. After 3 rounds of questions, the winner is revealed, and the new pair can decide if they want to hang out in person.