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The Problem with PlentyOfFish’s Acquisition and What That Means for Dating Startups

By | Jul 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm

As TechCrunch reported yesterday, the Vancouver, Canada-based online dating website PlentyOfFish announced that it was getting acquired by Match Group, the subsidiary of IAC/InterActive that also owns, Tinder, and OKCupid. The company is set to be acquired for $575 million in cash and…



You Get One Match Every 24 Hours, Make the Most of it

By | Jun 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

The sea of dating apps and services currently available these days is enough to drown any single person, no doubt about it. I’m speaking from experience here: it’s chaotic how many matches, likes, and messages you both get and send on a daily basis….


Looking for Love: 6 Apps to Help You Find a Date Tonight

By | Feb 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Around 44 percent of American adults are single, so there are more than 100 million potential Mr. or Ms. Rights in this country alone. You probably won’t meet them knocking back beers, as only 9 percent of men and 2 percent of women have started a…

Location Based Services


Mitch Turck, Founder of Vendalize or Disguised Comedian?

By | Nov 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

After founding, Mitch Turck moved on to found Vendalize as a local search built specifically for your phone. It uses a “tags-as-keywords” model to provide the framework for a clean data, revenue, and engagement model. By keeping the data short and sweet, Vendalize…

Location Based Services


Project Fixup: Digital Matchmaking, Real-World Chemistry

By | Aug 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

When it comes to relationships, I have to be honest with you guys: I’m despairingly alone (and I’ll probably forever be). My dating life has been a complete disappointment, with several hours wasted on sites like OkCupid and [Star] TrekPassions looking for my ideal boyfriend. For Sarah…

Social Media

The Battle to be the Best Dating Site

By | Oct 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

Editor’s Note: This article is a revised version of an article that appears in the May 2012 issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print subscription. Nary an arrow…


Cracking the Love Code: Why Most Online Dating Sites Fail

By | Feb 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

If you’re single, today sucks.  There is no escaping all the ooey-gooey-makes-you-just-want-to-barf ads and promotions for Valentine’s Day.  As our lives become increasingly busy, it seems that the easiest way to meet people is online, a fact that many entrepreneurs have also noticed.  So…



The Future of Technology in Elections: An Interview with ElectNext’s Keya Dannenbaum

By | Jan 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

Which presidential candidate best represents your political ideology?  Seems like a fairly straightforward question, right?  Before getting too confident in your response, I suggest taking a quick stop over at Keya Dannenbaum’s latest venture, ElectNext. What has been dubbed the “OkCupid of Politics,” the concept…



Meet friendlylook, the Facebook of Online Dating

By | Nov 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

Millions of singles in the United States are eager to meet their perfect match, yet only a fraction are looking online – a sign that dating sites are missing something. Friendlylook cofounder Trevor Chidester thinks he knows what that is. “The user experience with…

Social Media


Online Dating Site Soulseekr Puts Your Social Data to Good Use

By | Aug 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

Love is in the ether: 21% of Americans see the Internet as a good place to find a boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a survey by BBC World Service. And a new Chicago startup called Soulseekr is making it as effortless as possible for…