dating apps

  • VCs swipe left on dating apps Crunch Network

    VCs swipe left on dating apps

    VC investment in dating startups declined over the past year, with smaller average rounds and fewer funded companies, according to Crunchbase company profile data. Read More

  • Ideal Flatmate wants to be a matchmaking platform for UK flatshares

    Ideal Flatmate wants to be a matchmaking platform for UK flatshares

    Londoners in the unfun position of needing to find a new flatmate — and lacking the easy options of friends or family to move in with — can get a little algorithmic help from a UK startup with the no-frills name of Ideal Flatmate. Read More

  • Hinge is testing a personal assistant service called Audrey to help you get more dates

    Hinge is testing a personal assistant service called Audrey to help you get more dates

    Dating app Hinge recently pivoted from swiping to “stories,” in order to help people find real relationships. That focus on authenticity, however, seems to stand in contrast to a project the company has been testing: Audrey, a personal assistant who will message your matches for you and schedule your dates. Audrey’s existence was first spotted by Business Insider, which… Read More

  • The League brings its picky dating app to Android

    The League brings its picky dating app to Android

    The League, the dating app known for its exclusivity, has now officially launched on Android. The company has been accused of elitism, though founder and CEO Amanda Bradford has said her vision is more about creating a service that welcomes ambitious women. The app still makes users apply to join, and it screens them based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, but it also redesigned… Read More

  • Match’s new feature shows you who you crossed paths with in the real world

    Match’s new feature shows you who you crossed paths with in the real world

    Match is rolling out a new feature that will help its dating app customers see who they’ve crossed paths with in the real world, and say “hi” if they’re interested in chatting. The opt-in feature called “Missed Connections” takes advantage of location-based services on the users’ phones, but is designed in a way to ensure user privacy, Match… Read More

  • Here’s who fared best on dating apps in 2016

    Here’s who fared best on dating apps in 2016

    It’s the end of 2016, and the two most popular dating apps – Bumble and Tinder – have released some fun user information which gives us a glimpse into which type of people are most sought after on the dating apps. First Tinder gave us info on the most right-swiped names of 2016. In the United States, guys named Lucas, Ryan, Matthew, Nick and Josh were the most swiped right. Read More

  • Bumble bans mirror selfies and other dumb photos from users’ profiles

    Bumble bans mirror selfies and other dumb photos from users’ profiles

    There are certain kinds of photos users of dating apps tend to loathe, and the suggestive mirror selfie tends to be at the top of that list, somewhere near photos of guys holding a fish and gym selfies. That’s why today, the dating app Bumble has taken action to ban selfies of users posing in their underwear, or while wearing swimsuits indoors. In addition, you can no longer upload… Read More

  • Bumble will soon let users get verified in an effort to squash impersonators

    Bumble will soon let users get verified in an effort to squash impersonators

    For some reason certain people feel the need to create a dating profile using someone else’s pictures. Whether it’s done to impersonate someone else, bully someone or even just pull a prank, it happens more than you’d think. Luckily Bumble thinks they have found a pretty innovative way to stop it from happening, at least on their platform. The female-led dating app just… Read More

  • Bumble is finally monetizing with paid features to better help you find a match

    Bumble is finally monetizing with paid features to better help you find a match

    Bumble’s been hinting for a while that they are getting ready to turn on monetization features in their girl-dominated dating app, and now they’ve finally done it. Starting today users will be able to pay for a package subscription model that will get them three new features for $9.99 per month, with discounts available if you prepay for 3 or 6 months. The three features are… Read More

  • Dating apps attach themselves to the Pokémon craze

    Dating apps attach themselves to the Pokémon craze

    Pokémon Go may be the perfect dating app: you’re out in the real world, have an immediate way to start a conversation with an attractive stranger and, clearly, the two of you already share a common interest. These facts have not been lost on the makers of actual dating applications, however. A good handful of matchmaking services have now tied themselves to the Pokémon craze in an… Read More

  • Tinder subscriber growth disappoints Match investors

    Tinder subscriber growth disappoints Match investors

    Match Group reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday. At first shares rose about in initial after-hours trading, but then they were down 5% as investors were disappointed by subscriber growth and guidance for the year. The owner of dating sites including Tinder, OkCupid and Match.com reported $301 million in revenue, above analyst expectations of $297 million. Adjusted… Read More

  • Coffee Meets Bagel overhauls dating app with “ladies choice”

    Coffee Meets Bagel overhauls dating app with “ladies choice”

    Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel is making some big changes, rolling out a “ladies choice” update in the coming days. The San Francisco-based startup says it has generated 2.5 billion introductions and created more than 50,000 happy couples. But the team thinks it’s time to switch it up from the one-a-day match suggestion and give its members more options. Going forward, men… Read More

  • Zoosk takes on Tinder with debut of Lively, a free app that uses video to tell stories

    Zoosk takes on Tinder with debut of Lively, a free app that uses video to tell stories

    Zoosk, the online dating company with 38 million members, is today launching a new application called Lively, aimed at a younger demographic. The app is meant to be Zoosk’s answer to Tinder’s success, but it moves beyond the “hot or not” swiping mechanism Tinder popularized in favor of something more original: stitched together photo and video collages that tell… Read More

  • Bumble is going to help you find your next job with BumbleBizz

    Bumble is going to help you find your next job with BumbleBizz

    I hate networking. Or at least the type of networking that consists of awkward happy hours where no one knows each other and you’re approached every five seconds by some over-eager “networker” who seemingly has an endless pocket full of business cards. But, here’s the thing, that’s only one small type of networking. In its broader and much less aggressive form… Read More

  • Bumble is partnering with Spotify so you can swipe based on someone’s favorite music

    Bumble is partnering with Spotify so you can swipe based on someone’s favorite music

    Bumble, the fast growing female-led dating app, is partnering with Spotify. Bumble users will soon have the option of connecting their dating profile to their Spotify account so it can include the top artists they listen to the most. Users can then tap on an artist featured in someone’s profile and it will take them to the artist’s page in the Spotify app. While some may think… Read More

  • Monetization, churn and how to stand out in the mobile dating space

    Monetization, churn and how to stand out in the mobile dating space

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY we had Robyn Exton of Her, Dawoon Kang of Coffee Meets Bagel and Whitney Wolfe of Bumble discuss the latest trends in the mobile dating space. Two of the apps, Her and Bumble, both let you use their platform to find friendship as well as relationships. Whitney Wolfe of Bumble said that the feature has led to tremendous engagement, and is even showing signs… Read More

  • Bumble launches BFF, a feature to find new friends

    Bumble launches BFF, a feature to find new friends

    Bumble, the popular dating app where girls make the first move, has released an update that may turn the dating app world on its head. The new feature, called BFF, essentially lets users use the same swiping and matching algorithms for friendship instead of dating. Here’s how it works: After switching into BFF mode, users will see their potential dates replaced by people of the same… Read More

  • Online Dating Use Jumps Among Youngest US Adults And The Middle Aged, Finds Pew

    Online Dating Use Jumps Among Youngest US Adults And The Middle Aged, Finds Pew

    Call it the Tinder effect: in the past two years use of online dating has surged among the youngest U.S. adults, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Rates of online dating have also risen significantly for U.S. adults in their late 50s to early 60s. Read More

  • Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder users will now have better chatting tools, thanks to an upgraded messaging experience in the mobile dating app. Amid a flurry of changes that began rolling out last night to the iOS application, and soon Android, Tinder added support for sending your matches GIFs. It also upgraded the size of emoji in chat and also now lets you “like” the individual messages you received from… Read More

  • Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Make room for yet another dating app. San Francisco-based Blume is hoping to entice singles into its arms with a real-time selfie feature designed to thwart catfishing. So no more being chatted up by sex-mad robots. Or wooed by forlorn hopers overselling their dating prospects with a set of out-of-date/overly processed photos. Read More