The dating gods helped Skout raise $22 million
Mobile location based mobile applications have been making big waves over the past few years. One of the biggest players in the “meet strangers” market, Skout, almost fell off the face of the earth because of bad decisions and wrong timing. Skout was started by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom. They created one of the first mobile “flirt” applications, in 2007, that focuses on young people who wanted to meet strangers and singles.
After a few pivots and burning through most of their $4.6 million dollars of investors money, they had just three employees left. With one last push for survival 18 months ago, Skout gained over 1 million sign-ups and now support over 300 million messages per month. Skout’s now back in business with $22 million in funding. Skout plans to use this money to find a new office that can hold 120 employees in San Francisco.
Below is Skout’s latest Youtube commercial:
Meeting people can be tough. Skout can make it a little easier.
You can flirt, chat, maybe even find a date through Skout. You and other Skout users belong to a community who are ready to chat online, then meet in the real world. With Skout, you can find interesting people close-by, strike up a conversation, maybe grab a drink or share a cup of coffee with one of them and make a new friend. You can tell potential love interests what you’re all about by posting mobile pictures or notes. And it’s 100% up to you if you want to make contact with someone — or if you want to respond to someone who is trying to make contact with you.
Have you used Skout before? What are your thoughts?
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