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Everyone and their brother has their own dating app, and investors often aren't interested in this space," Kay says.
"Even if you had a team working really hard for a year on building the best LGBT app out there, but even after all of their work, they only had 1,000 users — then due to that small pool, users probably wouldn't get great matches, and they'd hate the app and not refer their friends, and then it would die."Andrew Chen, an advisor/investor for tech startups including Dropbox, wrote on his blog that in general, it's hard for any dating app to attract interest from investors.
"And there needs to be the right mix of male/female participants (or whatever permutation makes sense)." With a 2011 report by the Williams Institute showing that only 3.4 percent of Americans self-identity as lesbian or bisexual women, the odds you'd find the correct permutation in a given area is slim indeed.
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So, of the hundreds of dating apps that exist, why isn't there a better, queer-women-friendly dating app yet?
Are lesbians not online dating because there's no good app, or is there no good app because lesbians don't like online dating?
The wide range of identities of women-seeking-women not only makes it hard to sign up for apps that only have three options (straight, lesbian, bisexual) but could also explain why the majority of the queer women I spoke to say they prefer to meet dates through friends.
"I build everything on trust," my friend Valey, 27, who meets other women through friends IRL, told me.