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6 Dating Apps Created by Women for Women, Fortune

Shelve the roses and chocolate, and bust out your smartphone—if you haven’t already that is. Online dating has bot around for several years, but thanks te part to mobile dating apps, it is exploding. One te ten American adults has dabbled te online dating, according to Pew Research Center, and it’s poised to become a $Two billion industry.

Yet women have not bot spil quick to embrace the dating apps, fellows are twice spil active spil women when it comes to online dating, according to 2013 research. And women have bot subjected to hostile, lewd and harassing comments on popular dating apps, like Tinder and OkCupid, which have bot created by largely masculine teams. Female entrepreneurs have seen an opening, and several dating apps have bot created by women – for women.

Whether they’ll be hugely successful remains to be seen. Coffee Meets Bagel claims 100,000 to 500,000 users and has attracted $Two.8 million te funding. Others, like Bumble, which launched late 2014, are newcomers on the market.

And spil for whether they’re better routes for finding love and companionship, that is an open question. Given Valentine’s Day is approaching, wij’ve identified 6 dating apps created by women, some of which already have attracted criticism.

Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of Tinder, had a messy breakup from the company. Last June she sued, alleging sexual harassment. The case wasgoed lodged for a reported $1 million with neither party admitting wrong-doing. She then quickly rebounded with a fresh dating app called Bumble, where women users are ter charge.

On Bumble, users are matched with people nearby, but the woman has to be the one to initiate a talk within a day, or the connection vanishes. Studs can extend one match for longer than a day. However, for relationships where both members are the same gender, there is no rule about who can send the very first talk. Bumble also just introduced photo messaging-but all photos are watermarked with the users name and face to prevent people from sending incriminating photos.

The creation of three Bay-Area sisters, Arum, Dawoon and Soo Kang, Coffee Meets Bagel emphasizes quality overheen quantity. It uses your Facebook information to match you with friends of friends. You get one match a day. If both parties determine they want the introduction, the app sends along a text message with an ice-breaker question to both.

The sisters are certain te their capability to do business. They made an appearance on “Shark Tank” ter January and turned down a $30 million offerande to buy their company. “We see this business growing spil big spil Match.com,” Arum Kang said on the voorstelling. Coffee Meets Bagel won’t disclose its user numbers, but says its users now number inbetween 100,000-500,000.

Dattch is the dating app aimed at women who are lezzie, bisexual or “bi-curious.” Dattch wasgoed embarked by former marketer, Robyn Exton, when a friend of hers wasgoed going through a breakup.

The thing to do wasgoed get the lady back on the market, but according to Exton, the selections for gay women were paltry. There were either dating apps created for straight people, or dating apps that were bore a strikingly similar to Grindr, the gay masculine dating app with an infamous reputation for propagating hook-up culture. By tegenstelling, Dattch features a pinterest-like layout which is strenuous on pictures. The pictures eliminate the need for self-description and instead drive conversation towards interests and hobbies.

Samantha Daniels, the founder of matching making service Samantha’s Table, launched The Dating Lounge spil a Facebook app around two years ago. Now she’s creating it spil a mobile app. Daniels, a professional matchmaker, says the app is “invite-only” for people who earn more than a $100,000 a year. But there are exceptions. Anyone who is a member can send you an invite, Daniels also told The Fresh York Observer she will let ter people who earn less if they have “social connections” or an interesting job.

Alexandra Chong’s response to the some of harshness of online dating wasgoed to build an app called Lulu te which women hold all the cards. Like Bumble, women have the power to send the very first message, and they can do it anonymously until they feel comfy unveiling their identity. But on Lulu, women also can rate beau’s, exes and acquaintances – anonymously. They can rate boys’s appearances, ambition and sexual show and include a review of best and worst points. No wonder it’s bot called the “most sexist app” on the Internet and a “cyberbullying app.”

Siren wasgoed recently founded by two women, Susie Lee and Katrina Hess. The app puts women users te charge. Women control who sees their pic, who can communicate with them and whether to pursue a date. Women also can get their friends to weigh ter, forwarding a man’s profile to get their take. Friends can sign on spil “wingwomen” without a public profile. “We’re cheering good boys on te spil many ways spil wij can,” Lee told CNN.

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