They left their family and their comfortable lives overseas and came here for very uncertain hopes and dreams. The willingness to take risks, the willingness to think differently about your career, those were all things that were ingrained in me.
Yagan: What we learned from Spark Notes in particular—everyone knew Cliffs Notes, everyone used Cliffs Notes.
So Cliffs Notes wasn’t so different from Match, Cliffs Notes was sort of the Match of study guides.
What really made it work is that Spark Notes was a better product than Cliffs Notes, and it was free, whereas Cliffs Notes was paid.
The users of JDate, Christian Mingle, LDS Single, and Catholic Single may all follow different faiths, but the sites all bow to the same corporate overlord: Spark Networks.
Another company, IAC/Inter Active Corp, owns not only the older, more established and Chemistry.com, but also Ok Cupid, its more free-wheeling (and free) sibling*, as well as that digital Pleasure Island, Tinder.
That appeal, combined with our know-how in this space is going to make Delightful a powerful offering in the dating category.”Before joining Match, Yagan helped found Ok Cupid with two college buddies.
It sometimes seems like there are as many online dating sites as there are fish in the sea.
But actually, most of the services are owned by just two big companies.
So we said, “What other products on the web can we both make better quality and free? We were all math majors, and we all thought dating was a data game and a numbers game.
” And dating, because it was one of the things people pay for, that made it a prime candidate for something to make free. I'd rather just watch a bunch of people date and observe their behaviors rather than ask a bunch of psychological questions and try to figure out their personality profiles.