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 June – Women In Dating With Robyn Exton, Kim Kaplan and Clémentine Lalande, Sponsored by RealMe!

Like the majority of technology industries, the online dating industry is largely dominated by male executives, professionals and investors. However, there has been a significant number of female founders who overcame all the challenges and created popular products to ensure women feel empowered and secure when dating. While these success stories are more prevalent than other similar sectors, there is still work to be done to create and maintain a level playing field.

In partnership with RealMe, Global Dating Insights invited three inspirational female founders to record a special webinar and podcast, discuss their experiences and share advice to the next generation of founders. We also have a special guest moderator, Charly Lester, female co-founder of Lumen, who exited the group last year and continues to represent the dating industry in a number of different capacities.

Robyn Exton is the CEO and founder of HER, one of the world’s biggest dating and community apps for queer women, nonbinary, trans and gender non-conforming folks. HER is home to eight million people across the world, for dating and community connections.

Kim Kaplan was one of the first employees at Plenty Of Fish, helping to drive product, marketing and revenue initiatives. She recently became the CEO and founder of Snack, a video-driven dating app for Gen Z singles which is marketed as a mix of TikTok and Tinder. Snack is already resonating strongly with its target audience, and announced the completion of a $3.5 million pre-seed funding round in February.

Clémentine Lalande is the CEO of Once Dating Group, which counts ‘slow dating’ app Once as its flagship subsidiary. Once works to put quality over quantity, selecting for its users only the best matches every day at noon. With over 10 million active users, it supports approximately 50 million matches every month.

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Past Webinars


Thursday 20th May – Inner Circle Founder and CEO David Vermeulen

Inner Circle is a dating app that wants each and every user to be serious about finding a relationship. All new accounts are screened to make sure they adequately show off the person’s values and interests.

Over the past 12 months the company has undergone a rebrand and introduced a new marketing message of ‘Meet Your Match’. It mirrors Inner Circle’s commitment to setting up matches for serious, long-term relationships, and not just meaningless connections.

David spoke to us about how Inner Circle has evolved in the past year, some of the details of the rebrand and what comes next after the pandemic.


Thursday 15th April – Aisle Founder and CEO Able Joseph

It’s been a year of impressive growth for Aisle as it pivoted its growth strategy to coincide with the developing pandemic. Offline speed dating events were no longer possible, so instead, Aisle focused on an audio virtual feature and introduced a premium membership option.

At the end of 2020, Aisle was downloaded in India more times than any other dating app, with the exception of Tinder.

The most recent news was the exciting launch of a new app called Arike. This is specifically for people who speak Malayalam, a native language from the Kerala region. Aisle is planning to launch more ‘vernacular’ platforms in the future, based around India’s various languages and cultures.

In this webinar we learnt more about Aisle’s development, how the team has evolved over the past year and the Indian dating space in general, one of the industry’s most interesting emerging markets.


Thursday 18th March – David Minns

David is a serial entrepreneur has spent the past decade-and-a-half identifying under-served demographics in the online dating industry and producing high quality platforms for them. He runs every stage of the operation himself, from software development and product design, to marketing and customer service.

In this webinar, we will learnt all about identifying niche trends in the ever-increasingly saturated online dating space, how David has evolved to ensure his products remain relevant over the years, and a hint at what he has planned for the near future.


Thursday 18th February – S’More Founder and CEO Adam Cohen-Aslatei

S’More was launched in 2019 and is one of the leading pioneers in the anti-superficial dating space. By making users send messages before seeing pictures the platform cultivates deeper connections that are based around more than just physical attraction.

Adam spoke to us about why this is a growing trend in the dating space, as well as touching on how dating apps are expanding into other forms of media. It was recently announced that S’More was working on its own reality TV show.


Thursday 28th January – HubStars Owner Michael O’Sullivan and Tabby Founder Leigh D’Angelo

HubStars launched the Million Dollar Dating Project in March 2020 to help dating entrepreneurs take their products to the next level. Leigh was one of the first recipients of the support and created Tabby for cat-loving singles, her second app overall.

This webinar looked at how the product was developed alongside HubStars and some of the unique experiences that came with releasing an app in a pandemic.


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

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

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


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.