POF didnt look like much, but it had impressive back-end features and 100 million users.
Thats the thing about wild success stories like POFs: They inevitably breed followers.
Neqtr, a “socially conscious” dating app that connects people based on their philanthropic interests and sends them to group volunteer events for their first date, launched in January.
Then there’s Wyldfire, an app that lets the women vet and pick which men are allowed into their dating community.
The 13th Annual i Date2016 in Miami is the largest collection of dating industry executives and professionals at one time each year. Hundreds of online dating industry professionals, matchmakers, mobile developers, software providers, marketing / advertising firms, venture capitalists, affiliate managers, payment processors, background search companies and affiliates were in attendance.
Andrew Chen, Silicon Valley start-up adviser, posits that if POF had been a messaging app with as many users, the deal would have reached billion or more.
In this one-industry town, digital dating (which as a national industry brought in .1 billion in 2014) has created annals of awkwardness unique to Hollywood.
One in four online daters now say they have met a spouse or long-term mate through websites or mobile apps, according to Pew Research.
The .2 billion dating industry is growing fast and is expected to reach .7 billion by 2019.