Facebook made a lot of news yesterday at their annual developer conference F8, but other startups present at the conference are making big news as well. Happn, an increasingly popular new dating app launched by former Daily Motion COO Didier Rappaport, have decided to announce their San Francisco launch at F8. San Francisco would be the 6th major market for them, as their already operational in Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Sydney, New York and quickly gaining traction in other markets as well.
“Find the people you crossed paths with”
If you don’t yet know Happn, here’s how it works. Say you see someone everyday in the supermarket that you’ve been wanting to talk with but you’ve yet to build up the courage to do so. Happn enables you to connect with that person instantaneously due to their super precise location functionality which enables you to connect with other users within a 275-yard radius. Of course, like other dating apps, you can digitally flirt as well using charms. The charms serve as the core of their freemium model, with users getting 10 for free, which can be topped up with 10 more for $1.99 (in the US).
Of course, like many dating apps using location, users may have concerns about privacy and safety. However, they’ve put some safeguards in place, including the ability to turn-off geolocalization and block undesirable suitors.
Happn has already grown to 2.5 million downloads since launching last year.
Didier Rappaport on stage at the next Paris Founders Event
On April 29th, Didier Rappaport will be joining us on stage at PFE. He’ll be sharing with us insights about Happn’s successful development and his vision for the future. If you haven’t gotten your ticket for PFE, make sure you grab your ticket below!