Skout

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SKOUT is the developer of a location-based social networking and dating application and website. SKOUT was one of the first dating and mobile people discovery applications to emphasize generalized user location. SKOUT is available in 189 countries and 16 languages.

Quick Facts

Summary

  • Ranked #60,418th worldwide
  • Active users 8.5 M
  • Type Social Networks
  • Launched date 2007
  • Employees 80
  • Headquarters San Francisco, U.S.
  • Parent company The Meet Group Inc. (2016 - present)

Founders

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Christian Wiklund California
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Niklas Lindstrom

Networks

  • Brand value In 2020 N/A
  • Revenue in 2020 N/A
  • Net loss In 2020 N/A

Mergers And Acquisitions

Mergers And AcquisitionsSKOUT acquires app Nixter. (via techcrunch.com)

In May 2014, the company acquired Nixter, a nightlife app which allows users to find nightlife events, buy tickets, and see guest lists for events in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. It had raised about $200,000 in angel funding, largely from a group of angel investors down in Chile.

Original Idea

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The service was founded as a mobile web social network in 2007 by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom. The two, Skout's chief executive officer and chief technology officer respectively, relaunched the network in 2009 as a dating and people discovery application and website after recognizing over 80% of the site's users were using it as a dating platform.

SKOUT launched its iOS application in Feb 2009 at the 2009 DEMO conference. At the time, SKOUT was available for users on non-iOS mobile internet devices through its website. Skout's Android app launched in Aug 2010.

Brief History

2007

SKOUT was founded by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom.

2009
Feb SKOUT launched its iOS application at the 2009 DEMO conference.
2010
Aug Skout's Android app launched.
2012
Apr Raised $22M in venture capital from Andreessen Horowitz.

Christian Wiklund, CEO of SKOUT.

Jun SKOUT suspended its service for minors, after three separate incidents in which minors were allegedly raped by adults posing as teenagers.
2013

Announced a travel feature.

2014
May Acquired Nixter for an undisclosed amount.
Jun Launched Fuse.
2015

10M members.

Launched Interested.

2016

SKOUT extended its services from 14 languages to 16 languages including Malay and Vietnamese.

Oct MeetMe acquired Skout for $55M.

Network Features

Features include :

Meet people by preference or proximity.

Chat with other users.

See who checked you out.

Get updates from nearby users.

Buy and send gifts.

Save your favorite users.

Browse profiles and pictures.

Promote your profile with in-app features.

Earn points to unlock premium features.

The Travel feature is a paid premium feature, where Skout users can spend a little bit of virtual currency to meet users in another city. (Normally, you are only connected to users near you.)

Virtual giftingShake to Chat on SKOUT. (via SKOUT)

A new feature, called "Shake to Chat," makes it even easier to start a conversation. It connects two people who are shaking their phones at the same time. User profiles are anonymous for 40 seconds after the Shake to Chat conversation begins

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