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To allay female members’ concerns about unwanted advances at face-to-face meetings, Peekawoo initially offered chaperones on request and Singapore-based Lunch Click makes checks to ensure its local users are really single.
Funding details are scarce, but Vertex Venture, a unit of Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, participated in two funding rounds worth a total US.5 million for app Paktor, while Peekawoo has raised US0,000 from investors including Kickstart Ventures, a unit of Philippines’ Globe Telecom.
“Dating websites, like real estate and job portals, touch on a fundamental need,” said Justin Hall, principal at Golden Gate Ventures, which invested an undisclosed amount in Thai dating app Noonswoon.
“Our members have to know that this is no hook-up app and there is no hanky-panky,” said Zuraimie Ismail, the founder of Mat & Minah, an app for Muslims seeking to find a potential spouse on their own, and not through family matchmakers.
The apps’ moderators remove photos that are considered inappropriate, such as women in bikinis.