GDI Virtual Third Thursday Webinars!

In response to the COVID-19 crisis Global Dating Insights has launched a series of monthly webinars, to help keep the industry connected until we can get together again.

‘Virtual Third Thursday’ is a free-to-view webinar that will gather the online dating industry’s leading minds for an afternoon of learning and knowledge sharing.

Every month we will cover a new topic, such as the current market, the future post-COVID, policy and safety, monetisation, traffic and more.


Upcoming Webinars



Thursday 17th December – Isodate Co-Founder Luke Connolly and Curius Co-Founder Harrit Diwan

Luke and Harrit will talk about what it’s been like for new startups to launch during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To round off a difficult year, GDI will celebrate two young founders who have the potential to make a mark on the industry over the next couple of years.

Register for FREE here!


Past Webinars

Thursday 19th November – The Meet Group’s Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cook

Geoff explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the relationship between dating and video to develop quickly, and speculated what the future might hold.

He believes that online dating premium memberships are on the verge of stagnating, and that something needs to be done to help the industry continue to grow. This could potentially come from a ‘Reality TV 2.0’, live streamed dating shows that are free to watch, but the audience can donate gifts in exchange for acknowledgements.


Thursday 15th October – Dating Group’s Chief Investment Officer Bill Alena

The session explored how Dating Group has adapted its investment strategy for its $50 million VC fund in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bill is also spoke more generally about how the online dating sector’s investment landscape has changed as a result of the developing economic situation, and what Dating Group is looking for from its next investment opportunities.


Thursday 17th September – Online Dating Association’s CEO George Kidd

George presented a session titled ‘What Makes The Spotlight Come Our Way?’ which focused on how the industry deals with attention from the rest of the world. This included virtual dating in the time of COVID-19, as well as data leaks and romance scams.

The ODA is keen to ensure the space is ready to deal with negative changes in the world, so all the hard work to get rid of the stigma around online dating is not lost.


Thursday 20th August – Spectrum Labs’ Daisy Soderberg-Rivkin and RealMe’s Neil Davis

RealMe and FTI Consulting conducted a recent study to understand more about the impact of COVID-19 in online dating, and those daters who are most vulnerable to the isolation of social distancing.

They came together with Spectrum Labs to unveil the ‘New Normal’ in online dating, and what this means for the industry and daters for the foreseeable future. The session walked through their exclusive findings and answer questions in support of your brand and members.


Thursday 16th July – Google’s Head of Industry Katherine Westgate

Katherine revealed research from Google which featured a deep-dive into future shaping trends in the online dating industry and surfaced actionable steps we can all take to meet the needs of future daters. 

She also shared consumer behaviours and themes that have emerged during the COVID outbreak, and how they could potentially affect the industry in the future.