Dating Service Zoosk Lays Off 15% Of Staff, Company Confirms | Techcrunch

Theheadcountmentioned on ZoosksSEC filing referenced 168 employees, but figures cited in 2014 saw that number had grown to 174. (Zoosk has yet to provide us with itscurrent headcount, though weve asked.) In April 2014, Zoosk filed plans with the go SEC for its $100 million initial public offering. The company, backed byCanaan Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and ATA Ventures, at the time was seeinga net loss of $2.6 million in 2013 on revenues of $178 million. In addition, the filing revealed that the company was spending a lot on marketing and saw Tinder as a real threat to its business. Data provided to us in September 2014 from analytics platform 7Park showed just how credible the Tinder threat was (and still is): Zoosk claims to have 29 million members, and competes with sites like eHarmony and It has a significant presence on mobile, but Tinder has been running away with much of online dating the market there, as you can see. Most of Zoosksrevenue comes from subscription fees, which made up 86 percent of its business in 2014. Zoosk has raised $60 million since its 2007 founding. This pastfall, Bloomberg reported that Zoosk had decided tohold back on its IPO plans, deciding instead to watch market conditions and possibly delay itsIPO until 2015.
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