Dating apps are finally coming of age. Skout, an iPhone app with over a million users, has just raised 22 million dollars.
This iPhone app, says cyberdatingexpert.com, identifies singles in the immediate vicinity and gives members the opportunity to flirt and meet up with them.
Though the app is free to use, members have the option of purchasing virtual gifts, premium memberships, or sending ‘wink bombs’ which reach up to 500 potential sweethearts.
That sounds like a pretty neat app. It remains to be seen whether Skout succeeds at delivering on the core promise of these apps, namely a date.
This has always been a challenge for dating apps, much to frustration of their legions of users.
Meanwhile, the funding round further strengthens my belief that tech investments have become a bubble. Again.