Review & Highlights From iDate Las Vegas

OPW – Mar 26 – Here is the review and highlights from the last iDate that took place in January in Las Vegas. Executives from Match.com (including Tinder), eHarmony, Zoosk, JDate (Osmium Partners) and POF attended this year.

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Kelly Steckelberg – The Woman Tasked With Saving Zoosk

FORTUNE – Mar 26 – Kelly Steckelberg took Zoosk’s top job in Dec 2014. Since then, she’s been clearing a path to profitability. Less than one year ago, Zoosk had filed for an IPO. Things quickly changed. In December, the company called it off and its two co-founders, CEO Shayan Zadeh and president Alex Mehr, stepped down. And in January, it laid off 15% of its staff. Kelly Steckelberg, the new CEO, has been at Zoosk for 4 years and held roles as its CFO and COO. When asked what sets Zoosk apart, Steckelberg was unconvincing. “I think we consider ourselves a serious dating site“. Zoosk took in ~$200M in revenue in 2014 but lost money. It had been profitable in 2013 for the full year. What changed? Steckelberg says Zoosk decided to invest heavily in growth, “even at a loss situation.” The company also overstaffed. Zoosk seems to have been operating with the startup mentality that profit doesn’t matter. Zoosk will announce that it was profitable in Q1 2015 and Steckelberg hopes the company’s finances will stay that way.

by Daniel Roberts
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Lifemates Canada Charged Thousands For Mismatches

CBC NEWS – Mar 25 – Two Canadian women, Gabriela Klacansky and Jan Blackmer, say they are out thousands of dollars after signing up with dating service Lifemates Canada. Gabriela Klacansky was interviewed at a Lifemates office in Vancouver. She describes the interview as a „draining interrogation“ that lasted more than 2½ hours. She paid ~$4,300 for a one-year membership. Her first match was so off it seemed random or maybe a mistake. She gave the company one more chance, but the next match was no better. Klacansky asked for a refund, but got an „outright refusal“ to cancel her membership or offer compensation. Jan Blackmer tells a similar story. „They asked me to bring financial documents with me to prove that I had money in the bank … so that I qualified“, she says. Lifemates Canada says the two women gave up too soon.

by Rosa Marchitelli
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Happn Is Launching In San Francisco

FAST COMPANY – Mar 26 – Happn, a fast-growing French mobile dating startup, is launching in its second US market today – San Francisco. The app is like a combination of Tinder and Craigslist’s missed connections. Happn, which is already live in New York City, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Sydney, was founded by former Daily Motion COO Didier Rappaport. It boasts 2.5M users worldwide. It offers users a form of digital flirtation called „charms“ which they can purchase – 10 charms for $1.99.

by John Paul Titlow
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Happy 6th Birthday Grindr

GRINDR – Mar 25 – Grindr is celebrating its sixth birthday this week. The gay dating app launched in 2009, and has now ~1.6M active daily users exchanging 70M chat messages and 5M pictures.

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