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But Brad Goldberg, president of Peak6 and Spark’s new board director as of August, said that through modernizing the company’s technology and focusing on how to effectively market its two best known sites — JDate and Christian Mingle — the company will adapt and “take advantage of the changing industry landscape.”JDate was created in 1997 in a West Los Angeles condominium; Christian Mingle was added in 2001.
In August, Spark sold 16 percent of its stock to the investment firm Peak6, laid off workers and closed its Israel office.
There are about 4,500 online dating companies, according to a report by the market research company IBISWorld, but the majority are tiny.
The largest player in the field is the Match Group, with 51 dating sites; over the last few years alone it acquired such high-profile companies as Tinder and Plenty of Fish.“It’s never been cheaper to start a dating site and never been more expensive to grow one,” said Mark Brooks, a consultant for the internet dating industry who also runs Online Personals Watch.
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