3nder CEO Accuses TransferWise of ‘Double Standards’ After Denying Him Account


The CEO of “open dating app” 3nder has this week accused an international money transfer platform of “double standards”, after it refused to let him open a business account for the company.

Dimo Trifonov is the founder and CEO of the London-based app, which offers a platform for both singles and couples to “open up to their sexualities” and explore their sexual preferences in a safe space.

After being dubbed a “Tinder for Threesomes”, the app secured $500,000 from two unnamed tech angel investors in October 2015 to help broaden its focus.

However, the relaxed nature of 3nder – which currently boasts 650,000 users worldwide – is proving to be somewhat problematic for the business.

A new article on Business Insider revealed that Estonian money transferring platform TransferWise has denied Trifonov a business account, after identifying the dating app as having “adult” content.

In a statement, a spokesperson for TranferWise said: “Our terms and conditions reflect the requirements that our payment and banking partners place on us, and on that basis we don’t process payments that are connected to adult services.

“Our Terms of Use make it clear that we reserve the right to refuse users or individual payments at our discretion.”

Yet as the company continues to deny 3nder an account, Trifonov says his company is in fact eligible to use the service, saying that 3nder does not contain or encourage pornography, already holds a PayPal account, and even passed Apple’s stringent App Store policy, which famously has a ban on adult content and services.

Trifonov said: “I have a legit [bank] account with Barclays, I have a legit account with Apple, and Apple is allowing me to sell on their [App] Store…every dating app has the same purpose.

“Some are marketing it in a different way. We like to be more direct, you know, we like to be more honest with people – of course it’s about sex. Everything is about sex when it comes to online dating.”

Read Business Insider’s full article here.