” If you’re interested in Anthrax, that suggests a whole batch of characteristics or lifestyle,” Brooks says.
Brooks estimates the market worldwide is about billion, half of which takes place in the U. Some 120 million would-be romantics log on every month, according to Brooks. While thousands of independent sites exist around the world and new ones pop up pretty much every day, one company dominates America and many countries overseas: LLC.According to various research firms, boasts nearly a 25% market share in the United States.Match.com’s revenue, including subsidiaries, totaled 8 million last year.Trailing with about half that market share is e Harmony Inc.Online dating is securely anchored in mainstream culture.
It’s also about as mature a category as one could find in e-commerce. The publicly traded British online dating service Cupid plc, for example, announced in late May that it was negotiating to sell some of its sites after earnings plummeted this year.
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Its estimated revenue last year was something in the neighborhood of 0 million. Declining revenue caused e Harmony founder Neil Clark Warren to take back control of the company last year and scrap longtime talk of an initial public offering.
EHarmoney is hearing footsteps, or heartbeats, from upstart competitors as well. is now America’s third-largest player, generating million in revenue in 2013’s first quarter.
Tastebuds has more than 100,000 users in more than 100 countries, although it has yet to launch officially in the U. Tastebuds will also launch its mobile app in the next couple of months. raised its first outside funding, 0,000 from New York venture capital firm Black Ocean.