History[ edit ] Match. It was started as a proof-of-concept for Electric Classifieds  which aimed to provide classified advertising systems for newspapers. Early on, Kremen was assisted by Peng T. Ong, who helped in the design of the initial system, and Simon Glinsky, who helped in the development of one of the first Internet business plans for Match. The initial business scope developed by this team included a subscription model, now common among personals services, and inclusion of diverse communities with high first trial and market leaders status, including women, technology professionals and the Gay and Lesbian community.
Fran Maier joined in late to lead the Match. It was first profiled in Wired magazine in After troubles with venture capitalists over his insistence that the company serve profitable alternative market segments including the LGBT market, Gary Kremen left Match. A year later Match. In late , Match. In September , Match. Love AOL was no longer free, after it became Match. Blatt served as the CEO of Match. At the time, more than 42 million singles globally had registered with Match.
It was announced in February that Match. The two companies formed a partnership to combine ParPerfieto in Brazil with extended Match. SinglesNet was also acquired by Match. On May 24, , Match. Yagan was named CEO of Match.
Stir consists of hundreds of local events each month, ranging from large-scale happy hours to smaller, more intimate events such as cooking classes, wine and tequila tastings, bowling nights, rock climbing, and more. The award was decided by public vote.
Daters would meet in a public location sponsored by Match. People would be involved in social activities and a form of speed dating together. The idea was scrapped by the parent company.
In May , Match. The new service offers hundreds of local events each month for Match. MatchTravel was an attempt about the same time as the MatchLive brand to offer discounts via the then sister company Expedia, Inc. The service was rescinded shortly afterward. Mobile app[ edit ] In April , Match. He raped five of them. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Other brands in the IAC Personals sphere include: