• Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

    Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

    Zoosk, the online dating platform that has been around since 2007, has today announced changes to leadership, with CFO Kelly Steckelberg taking over as Chief Executive Officer. She will be replacing cofounder Shayan Zadeh, who is becoming a member of the board, and his cofounder Alex Mehr (currently President) will also be moving into a board position. The shift comes at a time when Zoosk… Read More

  • Online Dating Site Zoosk Files For $100M IPO, With $178M In Revenues And A $2.6M Net Loss In 2013

    Online Dating Site Zoosk Files For $100M IPO, With $178M In Revenues And A $2.6M Net Loss In 2013

    Zoosk just filed its S-1 registration statement today, announcing its plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company, which has offers up a website and apps for daters around the world to find each other, posted a net loss of $2.6 million in 2013 on revenues of $178 million. Read More

  • WooMe Acquired By Zoosk In Apparent Firesale

    WooMe Acquired By Zoosk In Apparent Firesale

    Social dating company Zoosk has acquired Woo Media, the company behind sites like WooMe.com, Shufflepeople.com and Monsterchat.com, for an undisclosed sum. You may remember WooMe from when I called the company, which was a finalist in our TechCrunch40 conference, out as lowly scammers (I signed up as a horse and turned out to be phenomenally popular among young super models). Read More

  • JDate Slaps Zoosk, OkCupid, And 2RedBeans With Patent Lawsuit Over Secret Admiring

    It appears that Jewish dating site JDate has filed a patent lawsuit against dating sites 2RedBeans, Zoosk, and OKCupid. According to the complaint, JDate alleges that all three companies are infringing the same patent, which states that Sparks Network (JDate’s parent company) has invented a method or apparatus for automating the process of confidentially determining whether people… Read More

  • Online Dating Site Zoosk's 2010 Sales Up 250 Percent To $90 Million

    Online dating site Zoosk is announcing some impressive revenue numbers this morning, reporting that the startup has grown its annual sales run rate approximately 250% in 2010 to more than $90 million. That’s up from $20 million in revenue in 2009. Zoosk says that sales growth was driven primarily by sales of its premium subscriptions, which are offered in 60 different countries around… Read More

  • Zoosk Lands Another $30 Million For Social Dating

    Zoosk, the dating service with a focus on social networks, has closed a $30 million Series D funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with existing investors Canaan Partners and ATA Ventures participating as well. Bessemer’s David Cowan will be joining the Zoosk board of directors. We last covered the company in October, when it reached the 40 million user milestone (12 million… Read More

  • Zoosk Hits 40 Million Members, Eyes $20 Million In Revenue This Year

    For a long time, dating sites and social networks have been two very different beasts, rarely co-mingling as users maintained two entirely separate online identities. But that’s starting to change. Zoosk, a social dating site, has largely passed under our radar until now, but it’s posting some serious stats: the service sees an average of 12 million unique users a month, and has… Read More