And women have been subjected to hostile, lewd and harassing comments on popular dating apps, like Tinder and Ok Cupid, which have been created by largely male teams.Female entrepreneurs have seen an opening, and several dating apps have been created by women — for women.Shelve the roses and chocolate, and bust out your smartphone—if you haven’t already that is.Online dating has been around for several years, but thanks in part to mobile dating apps, it is exploding.Bumble also just introduced photo messaging–but all photos are watermarked with the users name and face to prevent people from sending incriminating photos.The creation of three Bay-Area sisters, Arum, Dawoon and Soo Kang, Coffee Meets Bagel emphasizes quality over quantity.Women also can get their friends to weigh in, forwarding a man’s profile to get their take.Friends can sign on as “wingwomen” without a public profile.
No wonder it’s been called the “most sexist app” on the Internet and a “cyberbullying app.” Siren was recently founded by two women, Susie Lee and Katrina Hess. Women control who sees their image, who can communicate with them and whether to pursue a date.Others, like Bumble, which launched late 2014, are newcomers on the market.And as for whether they’re better routes for finding love and companionship, that is an open question.Samantha Daniels, the founder of matching making service Samantha’s Table, launched The Dating Lounge as a Facebook app around two years ago. Daniels, a professional matchmaker, says the app is “invite-only” for people who earn more than a 0,000 a year. Anyone who is a member can send you an invite; Daniels also told The New York Observer she will let in people who earn less if they have “social connections” or an interesting job.Alexandra Chong’s answer to the some of harshness of online dating was to build an app called Lulu in which women hold all the cards.