Friday, January 20, 2017

Rocket Internet SE closes USD 1 B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

(Perhaps they want to get rid of AB Kinnevik?)

Rocket Internet SE has Euros 1.7 Billion cash to burn. (Inside Rocket Internet’s Ailing Startup Factory)

Rocket Internet was founded in Berlin ten years ago.

Many if not most, USA, Canadian or European businesses models are unfeasible in Latin American countries, African countries, Russia or even Australia because transportation costs could be 10 times bigger than in Europe. 

All European countries fit in Brazil, Russia, Africa or Australia.
It means: If you want to replicate a big success in Brazil, it will be as hard as the same to replicate it in all European countries, but in this case with 1/8 of population and the majority of the persons DO NOT own or WILL NOT use a credit/debit card to buy online!
They will prefer to research online and then buy offline.
All the domino should fall ...  when they run out of money! 

article and PAPER: Effects of personality on postdivorce partnership trajectories

Please notice the research was done using the Big Five (Big 5) normative test that was revealed as incomplete, incorrect and obsolete personality test. It was replaced by the Big Six a.k.a HEXACO test. 
The Big Five (Big5) normative personality test is the biggest mistake Psychologists made since several years ago. The Big Five is also known as the Five Factor Model theory of personality traits, a psychological model based on research by Paul Costa and Robert McCrae.    

As some of the subdomains of the main domains of the HEXACO model are different from the subdomains of the main domains of the Big Five model, it can not be simple added the scale of the Honesty-Humility factor to the Big Five model to upgrade the personality test to the HEXACO model.
".. the Big Five's Agreeableness and HEXACO's Agreeableness are not identical. The Big Five factors do not include an Honesty-Humility factor, but some of the characteristics belonging to Honesty-Humility are incorporated into the Big Five's Agreeableness factor. Although earlier investigations found only the Big Five factors, more recent studies conducted in various languages (including English) with larger sets of adjectives recovered six factors. "
I need to hammer your head and drill holes in your brain to make you understand Online Dating sites have very big databases, in the range of 20,000,000 (twenty million) profiles, so the Big Five model or the HEXACO model are not enough for predictive purposes. That is why I suggest the 16PF5 test instead and another method to calculate similarity.
Also take into account women under hormonal treatment because several studies showed contraceptive pills users make different mate choices, on average, compared to non-users. "Only short-term but not long-term partner preferences tend to vary with the menstrual cycle". 

Please remember: Personality traits are highly stable in persons over 25 years old to 45 years old (the group of persons who could be most interested in serious online dating) They have only minor changes in personality (less than 1 interval in a normative test) and the 16PF5 test will not "see" them because the output of the 16PF5 test are 16 variables STens (Standard Tens) taking integer values from 1 to 10. STens divide the score scale into ten units. STens have the advantage that they enable results to be thought of in terms of bands of scores, rather than absolute raw scores. These bands are narrow enough to distinguish statistically significant differences between candidates, but wide enough not to over emphasize minor differences between candidates.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

PAPER: Tell Me Something I Don't Know: Analyzing OkCupid Profiles

Tell Me Something I Don't Know: Analyzing OkCupid Profiles

Please remember: When the IAC Personals, now Match Group, bought OKCupid (6+ years ago) for an astronomical amount of money, the OKCupid team had the task to copycat Badoo, but they failed in that mission. IAC Personals backed Tinder instead (via Hatch Labs), as the copycat of Badoo.
But Tinder (4+ years old site) can not outperform Badoo (10+ years old site).
And Badoo also owns Bumble.

Please see: 
PAPER and article about "Tinder is for instant gratification only"

PAPER and article about "Tinder is for instant gratification only"

Development and Validation of the Tinder Motives Scale (TMS)


article: The Rise of Dating-App Fatigue

Screenshots from Hinge rebooting / part 1


PAPER Tinder: True Love or a Nightmare?
Why Tinder is making women MISERABLE: Men swipe right for an ego boost with no intention of speaking to matches 
PAPER A First Look at User Activity on Tinder
article: Love & Money: Millennial Couples are savvier than their youth would suggest, USA TD Bank Survey reveals

PAPER Love at second sight: Sequential dependence of facial attractiveness in an online dating paradigm.

As usual, biased research from Australian RSVP site
Please remember: Tinder was created as copycat of Badoo!

Why You Should Avoid IAC/MTCH (Match Group) for Now
This complex company is controlled by one man.
Chairman Diller, while owning just 8% of the shares, controls 80% of the voting power.
Tinder Boost to Boost Match Group Revenue?

Charts That Show Match Group Inc Has Lots of Room to Grow ?

Match Group is stagnated, can not grow without innovation first!
Will wait to see Q4 2016, if begins to show Match Group stagnation and then decadence.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fake testimonials from German Startups?

To attract new buyers: testimonials of happy customers. 

However, some startups fool consumers.

Rocket Internet was founded in Berlin ten years ago.

Please see:

ELIITTIKUMPPANI: Raija and Teuvo OR EliteSingles Norway: Erik & Kristine

If they are models and not the real couple of success stories, they should disclose the situation more clearly.

ComputerBild testing German online dating sites ?

New bunch of fresh and funny screenshots of EliteSingles USA (Affinitas GmbH)
A former employee of Affinitas GmbH. that says in a review they create fake profiles from inside?

Lovoo: Captain leaves the ship.

Soon you will see online dating scam victims hiring hackers and private investigators to fight back bad online dating sites, destroying them from inside, ala AshleyMadison case!