OPW - May 8 - Mobile Apps Unlocked was last week and was a smorgasbord of learning and networking. There were a couple people speaking from Tinder. Here's some of the things I learned that are most notable IMHO.
Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch
With Tech Crunch since 2011. Focused on internet culture, social networks, and consumer-facing technology. He writes about Tinder a lot. We used 13 of her articles on OPW during 2015, that's definitely the first place.
But she is not the only one at Tech Crunch who writes about idating regularly, two more people made it to our list of top Internet dating reporters.
Natasha Lomas, Tech Crunch
A tech reporter based in London, she joined Tech Crunch in 2012. Before that she was reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and prior to that she spent five years covering business technology for silicon.com. 6 of her articles made it to OPW during last year.
Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch
With TechCrunch since 2011, she previously spent three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries including banking and retail and software. She was a part of this list last year too. She covered the Ashley Madison debacle and some Tinder and Zoosk news. 5 of her articles appeared on OPW in 2015.
Georgia Wells, Wall Street Journal
Georgia Wells is a multimedia producer for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco tech bureau. Previously, Ms. Wells was an editor for WSJ.com and covered emerging markets for the Journal. Before that she freelanced in Cairo during the Egyptian revolution. A new name on our list, 7 of her articles made it to OPW last year.
Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch
Edits and writes stories for Dow Jones's MarketWatch site. They usually focus on social issues, digital media and personal finance. He covered big stories like the AshleyMadison hack and POF's acquisition, but he also wrote about smaller companies or more general topics too. He's been on this list three years in a row. This time we used 6 of his articles on OPW in 2015.
Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post
Caitlin Dewey is the digital culture critic at the Washington Post and has been at WP since 2012. She also appeared on this list a year ago and we used 6 of her articles for OPW last year. She wrote about 20 articles on the Internet dating industry in 2015. About a half of those covered the AshleyMadison hack and it's consequences.
Sara Castellanos, Boston Business Journal
Joined Boston Business Journal in 2013 and is now a technology editor covering startups and venture capital. We used 4 of her articles on OPW last year. She usually writes about local companies or events that have something to do with Boston.
Rob Price, Business Insider
He is a technology reporter for Business Insider since January 2015. We only used 2 of his articles on OPW, but he wrote almost 20 last year, mostly covering the Ashley Madison case.
Sam Shead, Business Insider
A technology reporter for BI UK since October 2015 and we already used 3 his articles on OPW.
Kerry Flynn, IB Times
A technology reporter for IBTimes focused on social media companies, mobile apps and startups, since March 2015. We recently discovered this reporter and her work, you can only find two of her articles on OPW, but she writes about Internet dating quite often and we expect that number to grow.
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COURTLAND BROOKS - Dec 22 - Alex Mehr is co-founder of Zoosk and advises you to consider the Primary Atomic Use Case of the product/service you're creating. What is the main thing it does for people? Can you imagine millions of people doing this? Will they come back over and over again? Is an advertising mechanism built into this cycle somehow? He gives the example of Ferrari not needing to advertise because a Ferrari advertises itself as its being driven.
CB - Dec 16 - The dating market in India is in double-digit growth. Market leader Matrimony.com is set for an IPO. Here's an overview of the key players.
Troozi is a new entrant that is doing particularly well. The startup is founded by Lija Wilson, and a team who used to work for RSVP, Australia's top dating site. If you’re interested in investing in Indian dating, Troozi is opening expressions of interest for the next round funding for early 2016. You can email Lija Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MARK BROOKS - Oct 25 - Is anyone headed to Web Summit in Ireland Nov 3-5? If so, please email me if you'd like to meet for a beer. Looks like 30,000 people will be attending. Here's some sessions which seem useful and relevant to us, that I plan on attending. Tinder's CEO will be speaking.
We'll select a random iDating industry respondant (via random number generator) and donate $250 to the charity of their choice.
If you are an owner or senior employee at an iDating site please answer this 7 questions survey.
Feedback to be used for a white paper and iDate conference and to help publicize the intended future direction of the Internet dating industry to media.
COURTLAND BROOKS - Sep 17 - My first experience of Behavioral Economics was in 2004 when I was VP of Cupid.com. My CEO sent me on a mission to M.I.T. to meet a Professor who he thought was interesting. The Professor was Dan Ariely and in a half hour meeting he changed my perspective on iDating forever, and catalyzed my thinking for the next decade. He gave us some fascinating insights, and went on to advise another far larger dating site, and write Predictably Irrational.
On Monday this week I started this Exec. MSc in Behavioral Economics / Psychology at LSE under Professor Paul Dolan, the author of Happiness by Design.
And it turns out that today, Wednesday, is a very important day for Behavioral Economics. The work of behavioral economists has already been ratified by the UK Government with their Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) but today, Barack Obama formally recognized Behavioral Economics by releasing an executive order mandating the use of behavioral economists work in more areas of government around the USA.
But I won't be joining the government. I'm committed to hiring a small team of world class behavioral economists to augment Courtland Brooks offerings, and I'll be using what I learn at LSE to help the Internet dating and matchmaking industry serve singles more effectively. I think this fledgling science has much to offer the Internet dating industry. I could be wrong, but I'll give it my best shot. ;-)
COURTLAND BROOKS - Aug 7 - This infographic (from Liquidplanner.com) explains what people want most out of their work to be happy. The Courtland Brooks team has had remarkably low turnover for an agency/consultancy over the years. Most members have been with us over 5 years now. I think thats mainly due to our strength on the first two items on this list. We give our team members total freedom to work from where, and whenever they want. As long as the work gets done on time, and the clients are happy, we're happy.