October 20, 2008
SpeedDate.com Celebrates Successful First Year
Innovative Online Dating Service Hosts 18 Million Online Dates, Raises over $8 Million, Attracts Millions of Users
SpeedDate.com, the world's first online speed dating service, celebrated the first anniversary of its launch and released a list of its key first-year accomplishments below.
Since launching in October 2007, the online dating startup raised over $8 million in venture capital funding and hosted an astonishing 18 million online dates. Since SpeedDate hosts an average of 120,000 online dates per day, a new date begins on the site every second of the day.
"To think that a year ago online speed dating didn't even exist and today we help millions of people all over the world to find that special someone is truly gratifying," said Simon Tisminezky, co-founder of SpeedDate.com. "At SpeedDate.com the chances are that you will be connecting with someone you have real chemistry with in just minutes."
One of the highlights of the first year came on Valentine's Day, when SpeedDate.com user Francesca Salcido dated over 300 people in a single 24-hour marathon session. The event attracted worldwide press coverage including ABC's Good Morning America. The site's themed dating nights around events such as Super Tuesday and the summer Olympics also drew large dating numbers.
SpeedDate.com's patented system allows singles to meet each other through 3-minute online speed dates using webcams, audio, and instant messaging. SpeedDate is available by visiting www.speeddate.com and as a popular application on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and meebo.
SpeedDate.com was founded by Stanford Business School Graduates Simon Tisminezky and Dan Abelon, and is backed by over $8 million in funding from Silicon Valley firm Menlo Ventures.