Dating Industry Round-up, Apr 26

Welcome back to online dating news round-up with latest stories from across the industry.

Tinder offered full scholarship and paid internship to female student kicked out from sorority for appearing in Tinder profile wearing sorority shirt (article at Yahoo). Shannon Workman was called to a disciplinary meeting and her membership was revoked for supposedly disrespecting Chi Omega principles. Tinder founder and CEO Sean Rad saw things differently, and praised Workman who stuck to her guns and refused to partake in any further disciplinary actions.

SkaDate founder and CEO Emil Sarnogoev is announced as a speaker at the 44th iDate Mobile Dating Conference by Ticonderoga Ventures Inc. (article at WebWire). Sarnogoev will discuss trends and expectations in independent mobile dating app development for startups in 2016. The event is to take place in Los Angeles, CA, June 8-10, 2016.

Ivory, the new Singaporean mobile dating app is focusing exclusively on local high-achievers and elites (article at Vulcan Post). The app’s highly curated member database is double checked to avoid false information, and has LinkedIn account data as a prerequisite. Singapore is seen as one of the best places to test the arguably controversial app concept due to high millionaire density and world-class education availability.

Zoosk’s April Fools’ prank app Burrit-oh takes on the live of its own (article at Chicago Tribune). Released as a spoof of the recent wave of all sorts of mobile dating apps, Burrit-oh matches singles based on their love for Mexican cuisine. Three weeks after launch, the app seems to be gaining traction and simply refuses to follow the way of all tongue-in-cheek April 1st announcements.

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Marvin Powell

Marvin is an industry veteran who has been working with dating startups since 2001. In his spare time he loves fishing and writing bad poetry.

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