Dating Industry Round-up, June 7

New dating industry roundup is up: SkaDate founder speaks of company progress, Chinese gay dating app is bigger than Grindr, new app Fickle focuses on safety, and more.

Emil Sarnogoev, the man behind SkaDate dating software, examines the progress his company made in the last 15 years (article at Dating Advice). The key to success was to create an affordable product capable of growing from small “what if” ideas to big business ventures. With tens of thousands sites launch, the current company focus lies with mobile dating apps and big-scale custom development.

A new study by smartphone maker HTC shows 37 percent of British dating app users had met a partner online (article at Telegraph). Interestingly, 24 percent of Britons (34 percent in Northern Ireland) admit they are still using dating apps even after entering a relationship. A quarter of all survey participants also said they are keeping more than one dating app installed on their smartphones.

Blued, a Chinese gay dating app claims it is now twice as big as Grindr – the world’s most know gay dating app (article at Gay Star News). The app has grown from LGBT-themed website Danlan, launched by former policeman Geng Le. Blued, which is now valued at $300 Million, already boasts 27 Million registered users, and it’s success is explained by being the first Chinese-language geo-targeting app in the region.

Soon to be launched dating app Fickle lets users stay completely anonymous until they choose to reveal their identity (article at Times of India). While the app’s core features are similar to those present in industry staples like Tinder and TrulyMadly, the anonymity angle allows Fickle to focus more on safety and being friendlier to female users. The app is expected to be launched on June 20.

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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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