M14 Scored 80K On BBC2′s Dragons‘ Den Show

BQLIVE.CO.UK – Feb 20 – Peter Jones and Nick Jenkins secured a ‚yes‘ from John Kershaw for an £80k investment, representing a 20% stake in software firm M14 Industries, the makers of niche dating app software powering solutions like Bristlr and Spex. One by one, each of the Dragons fell for John and his bearded charms, and made him five offers. So many offers, that he had to borrow a pen and paper from the Dragons to do some sums to make his decision. In the end, it was the combination of Nick Jenkins and Peter Jones who John felt offered the most to his business, and he was happy to shake their hands. Bristlr is a niche dating app that connects people with beards with people who like beards. The site claims ~170k users. Spex connects people who wear glasses.

by Suzy Jackson
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Online Dating In China’s Male-Dominant Population

YIBADA – Feb 20 – There are ~200M single adults in China currently. As online dating was proven popular in the country, women often said they feel harassed due to user gender imbalance. A dating app are launching new features to protect women. Tantan, often referred to Chinese Tinder, placed a security feature wherein users only matched after manually verifying both of their profile pictures and personal information to prove authenticity. They also placed an automatic notification to the female user if a male user either sends any suspicious content or makes overt sexual references to her. If the female confirmed the notification, the male’s account is deleted. The abuse reporting rate on Tantan is now at 1%.

by Jomel Javier
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eHarmony Is Gearing Up For A Battle To Win Back Millennials

BUSINESS INSIDER – Feb 18 – Historically, eHarmony has not thought of swipe-based apps as competitors, since they tend to cater to more casual daters. But there are plenty of people who now use those apps to look for long-term partners — on Tinder it’s 80% of users. By last count, eHarmony has ~750k paid subscribers and 10M active users, which is about the same number it’s had since 2012. Tinder, meanwhile, has ~1M premium users and 50M people using the app. eHarmony CEO says business is still strong, even if it’s not growing. His primary goal for 2017 is to increase user satisfaction. The company is currently a research into people’s senses of humor to incorporate that into its matching algorithm. The company is also making other small fixes attempt to help the app feel fresher.

by Chris Weller
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Swipe Right For The Coolest New Dating Platforms

CREATOR – Feb 13 – New dating apps and sites are helping people find love in some rather unconventional ways. Ona lets users connect with specialists to help them get better at dating. Hater dating app matches people based on things they can’t stand. Ferndate helps people put their best image forward. The team also sets up a professional photo shoot for people. Blur, the location-based dating app keeps the profile pictures out of focus until users answer some simple questions that measure personality, interests, and compatibility. After answering five to seven questions, they can clearly see their potential match. Justin Jia, founder of Blur, also wants dating to be fun. The app is „built like a game,“ modeled after Buzzfeed-style quizzes with questions like „Are you a cat person or a dog person?“ Launched last December, the platform already has ~2K users.

by Jennifer Mattson
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Happiness Advice From 3 Wise Centenarians

OPW – Feb 18 – Here’s some weekend wisdom from three people who made it to age 100+. They’re asked about their secrets of longevity and my favorite quote is „Finding the right husband to marry…and be closer and closer to…if you are happy, happily married, and happily living…that is the finest remedy for all illness because everything is in perfect harmony.“

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