Hinge To Speak At iDate, Miami

WEBWIRE – Jan 16 – Justin McLeod, founder & CEO at Hinge is this year’s iDate special guest. He will be interviewed by Mark Brooks from Online Personals Watch & Courtland Brooks. iDate, the Internet dating conference, is taking place in Miami at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden on January 24-26, 2017.

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Match Group Stock: 2016 In Review

THE MOTLEY FOOL – Jan 15 – In its first full year as a publicly traded company, Match Group surged past expectations, climbing 26%. A number of factors led to its standout performance, including Tinder’s growth, strong operating leverage, and consistently beaten earnings estimates. As the chart shows, Match Group stock plummeted sharply to start the year. Its earnings report from February sent the stock down 20% in two days, even as the company beat earnings estimates. The market instead focused on revenue growth, which increased just 12% to $267.5M short of estimates of $272M. Adjusted net income fell 2% as well, causing some investors to question the company’s business model. As the market bounced back, so did Match shares, and the company delivered better numbers in its next report as the stock spiked 16%. Revenue growth accelerated to 21%, and average paid member count jumped 36% to 5.1M. Adjusted net income also jumped 30%. The stock peaked in October at over $19 but then plunged on its Q3 earnings report, as investors thought earnings growth would slow in 2017 based on management comments about investments. The stock slipped 12% on the news.

by Jeremy Bowman
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Winkd: A New LGBTQ Dating App

MASHABLE – Jan 16 – Winkd is a soon-to-be launched dating app built for the LGBTQ community. On Winkd, users check into a location, be it a park or a LGBTQ night club, and they can see who else has checked in. Users indicate interest by „winking“ at someone on the app, and if there’s a match, the chat window stays live for 20 minutes. Unlike Tinder, the app won’t list the user’s name or age on their profile – it will only be revealed once users match.

by Ariel Bogle
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The Rise Of Chatbots

HUFFINGTON POST – Jan 11 – With the advent of the iphone we saw the rise of the app but now that smartphones have transformed our lives, the way we use them is changing. People aren’t downloading apps like it’s 2008. They are spending 80% of their time on messaging platforms. Chatbots are essentially a new user interface which provides consumers the ability to communicate with brands the same way they communicate with friends and family. In the not so distant future, we will be able to communicate with a friendly Chatbot. In the past 6 months ~$100M dollars have been invested in Chatbots.

by Sarah Nadav
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Hinge Adds Photo Captions

MASHABLE – Jan 14 – Hinge found that photos with captions get two times as many likes as those without captions. So Hinge is now allowing users adding both captions and locations to their images.

by Cassie Murdoch
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