OHLALA LAUNCHES INSTANT PAID DATING PLATFORM IN NEW YORK CITY WITH $1.7 MILLIONIN SEED FUNDING
Ohlala, the Berlin based paid dating platform that matches users with paid dates immediately, today announces its entrance to the US market with the service now fully operational in New York City, in addition to seven cities across Germany. The company also announces today the closing of a $1.7 Million Seed round from investors including Oliver Samwer’s former cofounding partner Max Finger, Ben Kubota, and Markus Ertler.
Having grown from just a sketch on paper in a living room in Berlin to launching in New York City in just 10 months, Ohala first began operating in Germany in August 2015. To date, the service has arranged over 25,000 paid dates across its native country in four preliminary cities including Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg, and as of this week adds Stuttgart, Cologne, and Dusseldorf to its roster.
To initiate conversations, Ohlala users create verified profiles in which male users can fill date requests detailing specifications such as time and price range. Requests are made available to all active female users in the area for only 21 minutes, emphasizing an i nstant dating experience. Only once the request is accepted can private conversations begin to discuss further details of the date helping foster a safe and anonymous environment. Once both users have agreed upon the terms of the date, the price of the date is logged, and the date is accepted, users can then take the conversation offline and meet facetoface under the agreed parameters.
“People have become overwhelmed by the time and difficulty it take to get an actual date online. Tired of the friction caused by superficial platforms that claim to offer an avenue for instant connections, we’ve focused Ohlala on creating true instant dates, making offline encounters happen quickly,” says CEO and cofounder Pia Poppenreiter. “In an effort to provide choice and anonymity to our female users, Ohlala allows for women’s profiles to remain hidden until they choose to accept an offer at which time they may reveal their profiles, cutting time spent back and forth.” Ohlala adds a layer of safety and security, through identity verification processes necessary to initiate inperson connections. The infrastructure of the service, from initial messages to the agreed upon terms between users, is private within the service and is meant to create a safe space where users can chat and meet for paid dates safely and instantaneously.
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