Match Group has announced that it has bought a majority stake in the dating app Hinge. The company acquired a 51% ownership of Hinge, with the option to acquire the remaining 49% within the next 12 months. With its Hinge acquisition, Match Group continues its dating app domination. Matter of fact, Match Group probably owns most of the dating apps you probably use on a regular basis. Match Group’s current portfolio of dating apps now includes Hinge, Tinder, OkCupid, Match, and Plenty of Fish–along with almost 40 other brands. The only major dating app Match Group doesn’t own is Bumble–and it’s likely to stay that way after the conglomerate sued the anti-Tinder dating app over alleged patent and trademark violations.
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Hinge closes the door on casual dating to focus on serious relationships
Hinge, the dating app that uses Facebook to connect you with friends of friends, has today announced that it will be sunsetting its original app. In its place, Hinge will be launching an entirely new version of the app, focused on relationships. The new app, built from the ground up, will go live on October 11. Oh, and by the way, the new app will be a paid app for all users. CEO Justin McLeod said that the new Hinge, which is meant to feel more like a mobile-first Match.com or eHarmony, will be far less expensive than other paid, relationship apps, costing around the same amount as your Netflix subscription each month. That said, he didn’t give any exact details on the pricing structure.
Hinge, the Dating App for Educated People, Has Arrived in Sydney
If you have swiped left on every potential partner in Sydney, Hinge might be the new dating app you are looking for. The app, launched in the U.S. in February 2013, is targeted at a classier audience and uses your Facebook connections and an algorithm to connect you with the right kind of people. Founder and CEO of Hinge Justin McLeod told Mashable the app was started in Washington D.C. using a bunch of his friends, before it spread across most major U.S. cities. Hinge is currently used in 34 cities in the U.S., with the latest launches in the London, Toronto, Mumbai and Sydney.
Tinder Rival Hinge Lands in London
Tinder may hog the headlines with its mobile-first approach to dating, but Hinge has been making inroads with its own take on what a social dating app is all about since its launch in the U.S. last year. After a year of explosive growth that brought in north of $16 million in funding, Hinge is today launching outside the U.S. for the first time, kicking off in London.
Tinder Competitor Hinge scores $12M To Bring Its Friends-Of-Friends Dating App Abroad
Dating App Hinge Raises $12 Million to Be the Anti-Tinder
The way Justin McLeod sees it, Tinder is the MySpace of the mobile dating world and Hinge, the app he started, is the Facebook. At least, that’s the dream. And now, McLeod has a fresh round of funding to make that dream come true. On Thursday, Hinge announced it has raised an additional $12 million, which will fund Hinge’s already rapid expansion into new cities, including the launch of its first international outpost in London this February. This year alone, Hinge has expanded to 24 new cities, and it has experienced 500 percent growth in its user base since January.
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6. Hinge - While the dating app was released last year, Hinge sparked a flame in 2014 as it spread to more and more cities around the U.S. The app provides “like” or “dislike” functions similar to its main competitor, Tinder, but it doesn’t just let anyone within a specified radius appear on your screen. Hinge’s matchmaking connects to your
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Uber Opens Its API With 11 Launch Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines
We told you it was coming, and here it is: Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps. Today, the company is announcing its API will become available to app developers, with 11 launch partners already signed up. For Uber, the introduction of its API is designed to increase reach and get it in front of lots of new potential users. The company is in 150 cities and nearly 50 countries around the world, but there are untold number of users who might not have tried its service. Showing up in other apps that those users already have installed is a simple way to introduce them to getting an Uber on-demand.
Amazon Employees Are 14.2% More Attractive Than You
Amazon.com Inc.AMZN +2.16% may lag Google Inc. in the smartphone market, but it is winning in at least one other category: employee attractiveness. The number crunchers at Hinge, a social-networking app that matches young professionals, have found that workers at the online retailer are more sought-after than their peers at Google. Users swiped right on the profiles of Amazon employees, indicating they’d like to connect, about 14% more often than on the average Hinge profile, according to the data. Googlers’ profiles were right-swiped about 7% above average.
Hinge, a Transparent Dating App, Raises $4.5 Million
Hinge, a transparent, totally not anonymous dating app (you use your full name, and it pulls photos from Facebook), just received $4.5 million in venture funding from Founders Fund, Lowercase Capital and others. The service, similar to Tinder, uses a hot-or-not model of favoriting or tossing out matches. This investment and rise of Hinge is the latest in an interesting trend — the embarrassment involved with online dating has faded almost entirely. People aren’t worried about their friends (and strangers) knowing that they’re single and using GPS-enabled apps to find a mate.
Matchmaking App Hinge Attracts $4.5M To Beat Tinder’s Endless Swiping
Why would prestigious VCs Founders Fund and Lowercase Capital invest $4.5 million in what looks like a Tinder clone? Because Hinge is building a romance graph of what structured data clues suggest two people will want to date. While Hinge’s app might not be as carefree as swiping through Tinder’s seemingly endless queue of mates, it delivers a finite daily set of friend-of-friend matches based on your profession, education history, and interests, as well who you’ve had the hots for in the past. This “matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match” model is gaining traction, with Hinge’s iOS and Android userbase up 300% this year in the nine cities it operates in: DC, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and L.A.
'Anti-Tinder' Tries To Solve Online Dating's Creepiness Problem
Would you trust a friend to set you up on a date more than a random website? That's the entire philosophy behind Hinge, a new online dating service taking over your friends' iPhones. Billed as the "anti-Tinder," Hinge actually uses a swiping system similar to the famous dating app, but with one fundamental difference: It only matches you with friends of your Facebook friends (OK, or second- or third-degree connections once you've run through all of those).
Hinge Hits SF With Its App For Finding True Love, Not Just Hookups
Tinder is great if you care about looks, not personality. But if you want a simple dating app that matches you based on interests, education, and profession, there’s Hinge. Today it launches in San Francisco. In city of quirky and sometimes socially awkward people, Hinge’s focus on brains and background over beauty could help people find a Jedi in the streets, not just a Sith in the sheets.