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“It started to get a little crazy.”Today, he employs about 75 people in a 10,000-square-foot office dominated by big-screen monitors flashing real-time data on user log-ins, profiles and emails per second.
He won’t disclose how much revenue his private company makes but answers “of course” when asked if it makes money.“We’ve never had a loss of any kind,” he says.
Frind, who was then working for a Vancouver-based dot-com, created Plentyof Fish in his spare time.“A dating site was the hardest way I could think of at the time to learn a new language,” he says.
“In the first month, I made a thousand dollars and from then on I was convinced I should make this thing work.”He ran the company by himself from a spare bedroom of his apartment for five years until it reached million in annual revenue.“There were 15 million users and no employees,” he says.
“Not even close to it.”Plentyof Fish built its reputation on an advanced matching system and personalized relationship tests for members.
In the background is newlywed couple Katy Severs and Mark Gomes, who met on POF five years ago.More than 3.5 million people log into the site every day, many of them visiting several times.Rivals such as may have more revenue, but POF’s more than 70 million registered users make it the world’s largest online dating service.By that time they already had a pretty good sense they had potential for a long-term bond.The Freakonomics: What You Don’t Know About Online Dating episode is, for the most part, an economist’s guide to dating online. ) You’ll hear tips on building the perfect dating profile, and choosing the right site (a “thick market,” like Match.com, or “thin,” like Glutenfree Singles.com? You’ll learn what you should lie about, and what you shouldn’t. REED: No, but I figured the woman I was trying to create probably constitutes Aaron Carter’s basic fan base. REED: Well, Aaron Carter is the younger brother of a Backstreet Boy who had a brief and ill-advised rap career. And keeping America American, to me, is sort of code for I don’t like people who don’t look like me. She got probably 10 times the number of messages that my real profile got. REED: Well, Aaron Carter Fan’s one redeeming quality is that she is very good looking.