Lauren Kay and Emma Tessler are not stereotypical startup founders.
They’re women, for one, and neither has a technology background.
The trio famously pitched to Mark Cuban on "Shark Tank" in an episode that aired in 2015, only to reject his million takeover offer, which was the largest in the show's history.
The two women and a third female co-founder (who left last November) introduced Dating Ring in 2013, arranging group dates in New York City.
French startup Happn has raised about million from Raine Ventures, DN Capital and more.
Hinge, which many accused Facebook of copying to build out its new dating feature, has pulled in roughly million and was most recently valued at an estimated .5 million.
"We are happy to see Facebook acknowledging the need to create meaningful relationships beyond hookups, as the online dating culture definitely needs to shift away from quantity vs.
quality interactions." Several other app-based dating services have attracted VC interest.