10 Stories Not To Miss On GDI This Week

  1. Once CMO Eva Peris Speaks About The French Startup’s Human Take On Online Dating – We recently visited Once’s offices at Exmouth House, London, to chat with CMO Eva Peris about the company’s human approach to online dating and the growth it saw in 2016.
  2. Tinder Hits 1.7m Paying Subscribers As Match Group Announces Princeton Review Sale In Q4 Results – In the fourth quarter financial report, the Match Group revealed its revenue and subscriber count continued to see strong double digit growth.
  3. Paktor Launches In South Korea As Swipe – The relaunch comes after a period of market research, having opened a new office in Seoul and hiring locally to help refine the product and grow the business.
  4. Tinder Partners With Facebook To Bring Programmatic Ads To Dating Platform – The company announced it had partnered with Facebook’s Audience Network to let advertisers buy and place ads on the dating product.
  5. Uber Files Patent To Add Social Aspect To UberPool – The proposed feature would then tell you about any common information you might have with someone who wanted to share a ride on UberPool.
  6. New Dating App Hater Matches Singles Over Things They Both Dislike – Unlike most dating apps, Hater works by matching singles based on the things they dislike, whether Donald Trump or paying extra for guacamole.
  7. Indian Dating Brand Woo Acquires LA Mobile App DUS As Part Of ‘Major Global Push’ – The move sees Woo, which was founded in 2014 and has been downloaded 4m times, looking to expand into the US market as part of a “major global push”.
  8. Dutch Zoo Is Testing Tinder-Style Matching With An Orangutans – Staff at Apenheul primate park in Apeldoorn will use a touchscreen tablet to show a female orangutan called Samboja images of possible mates.
  9. Matchmaking Bot Foxsy Named Best Social Chatbot Of 2016 By ChatBottle Awards – Foxsy is a matchmaking chatbot for Facebook Messenger that assists people in finding “a beautiful and meaningful connection with the right person.”
  10. Bumble Is Giving Planned Parenthood $50,000 Following Recent Fundraising Efforts – Female-focused dating app Bumble is giving an incredible $50,000 to Planned Parenthood, after recent fundraising efforts.

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