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Why Did These Dating App Founders Turn Down the Largest Offer in ‘Shark Tank’ History?

The Kang sisters pitch their dating app to the Sharks. (ABC)

A few years ago, sisters Dawoon, Arum and Soo Kang launched Coffee Meets Bagel: a dating site that serves users a potential match—or “bagel”—every day at noon. Users have 24 hours to decide whether they’ll “like” or “pass” on a match, and can only start messaging once they’ve both approved each other.

The Kang sisters pitched their dating app on Friday night’s episode of Shark Tank, where, after turning down the largest offer in the show’s history, they walked away empty-handed.

After the Shark Tank episode aired, Betabeat chatted with Dawoon to learn more about her and her sister’s experience. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Tired of Tinder? Dating App ‘Hinge’ Scores $12 Million in Funding

Hinge shows you people with whom you share a mutual friend. (Hinge)

Dating app Hinge has just hooked up with some serious cash.

The app, which some have called the “new Tinder,” today announced the completion of a $12 million Series A, bringing their total funding to over $20 million. The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures, with participation from previous investors Lowercase, Great Oaks, Eniac and CAA Ventures, a press release stated.  Read More

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New X-Rated Hookup App Is Basically Naked Tinder

"Baby you look so good at 11 a.m. on this fine Tuesday." (File)

When you’re on Tinder just looking to score a one night stand, sorting through all the saps in search of true love (or at least a first date) can be a royal pain. How is anyone supposed to get straight to it when everyone’s being ambiguous, trying to chat and whatnot?

Tinder’s X-rated brother, the adult-oriented hookup app Mixxxer, launched last week to help combat this problem and help users find nearby hookups without the hassle. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Matchmaking App Lets You Set Your Friends Up on Online Blind Dates and Watch It All Unfold

Except through an app. (Photo via www.onlinedating.org)

Friends can be terrible matchmakers, and blind dates are notorious for going horribly, horribly wrong. But if you’re willing to give it all another chance, you can now do it from the comfort of your iPhone.

A new app called Hitch can add a little mystery to your mobile dating life by letting your friends set you up on virtual blind dates. Finally, you can look for love without the superficial swipes. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

This Bizarre Dating App Is More Depressing Video Game Than Matchmaker

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Usually, dating sites and apps try to convince singles that their service is more likely to land you an in-person date than the competition. Tinder gives you a ton of options fast. OkCupid gives you the best match. HowAboutWe makes the first date the absolute priority.

Not Floret. Floret doesn’t care in the least about real dates. Instead, Floret is a “dating” app that makes quickly matches you up young singles so that you can just keep chatting with them on your phone and sending them little videos. In order to find your matches, it oddly uses an antiquated logic problem to pit you against other potential matches. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Swipe Right For Grandma: Stitch Is the New Tinder for the Elderly

Love at first sight <3 (Stitch.net)

First, you were teaching Grandpa how to Facebook. And now? He’s swiping left and right for romance.

Don’t worry, your grandfather isn’t going to show up in your Tinder feed. He’s off to find a “companion” on Stitch, a soon-to-be-released dating app designed for the over 50 crowd.

The brain child of Aussie Andrew Dowling, Stitch matches local seniors who are looking for “friends, marriage, and everything in between,” the website says. If it’s anything like Tinder, we expect these seniors are going to be a lot more than friends. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

HowAboutWe’s New Couples’ Messaging App Is Great For Sexting

I sent my boyfriend some preeeeetty racy stuff. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

A little over a year ago, singles’ dating site HowAboutWe expanded to include a dating service for couples, their mission to help couples keep the romance alive after they find love. Today, they’re carrying on that mission with the launch of You&Me, a special messaging app for people in relationships.

You and your partner can download You&Me, and then each log on to your shared account. From there, you can send each other a ton of fun media, including written messages, customizable photos, videos, songs, and even Snapchat-esque “secret” images. As you communicate, the app catalogues all your interactions into a series of beautifully designed streams — kind of like a multimedia scrapbook of you and your partners’ relationship. Read More