London-based dating app for gay women Dattch rolls out in San Francisco

By Nicel Jane Avellana

Mar 01, 2014 01:33 PM EST

Dattch, a dating app that serves the lesbian, bisexual and/or bi-curious women has launched in San Francisco, California, TechCrunch reported.

The London-based startup was incubated at Wayra London until January and secured $160,000 from angel investors last year in addition to the €40,000 it obtained from Wayra as part of its incubator program, the report said.

In a September 22, 2013 TechCrunch report, Dattch Chief Executive Officer Robyn Exton said that the dating scene for gay females suffers from really bad service. She told TechCrunch, "Every single dating product that's been produced for gay women is horrific. The biggest problem [with rivals' products] is they don't have any consideration of how these women are different."

The TechCrunch report about the California launching said the Dattch app puts great importance on pictures. Similar to Pinterest, the photos asked for are not just limited to profile pictures but pictures of their apartment, the clothes they wear and the things they like. It also enables users to choose the distance range and they are willing to meet potential dates since it's not proximity-based. So in this regard, Dattch distances itself from Grindr.

In the September 22 report, Exton told TechCrunch that proximity-based social networking just doesn't work. She said, "In private beta we were showing you the closest user to you. And that's basically not relevant for women. It's like 1 percent of the time women are going to meet up within 30 minutes. Like gay guys often will. For women you're probably looking at about a week before someone goes on a date, so seeing the closest person to you doesn't add to that experience. Now you just see generally women in your area... It doesn't have to be that closest person. Then you'll be able to customise it - in two builds from now - where you'll be able to pick the distance you want to see people within, and then you'll probably be able to pick an age range."

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