I managed to visit 25 countries in 2011, highlights would be seeing the last of the mountain gorilla’s in rwanda’s cloud forests, safari’s around africa, Easter Island, Machu Picchu, Bhoutan, Anchor Wat and of course Egypt, hard to beat being fed wine while touring the 3400 year old temple of luxor by moonlight followed by dinner in the temple complex.
While all this was going on, POF nearly doubled in size last year we hit a record of 50,000 signups on sunday! We also got a tech team and some administrators, We launched in a bunch of non English speaking countries, created mobile apps, created our own chat system and redesigned the site a few times! Just goes to show you can run an internet company from anywhere.
On the business side we’ve invested millions into other sites last year some with millions of users. We acquired a couple of companies and formed a few some new ones outside of the dating space. We’ve set aside about 10M to acquire other companies this year or to invest in things. What i’m looking for are dating companies in the mobile space, non english speaking countries or something that can help us lift our average revenue per user.. IE a paid site we can send a lot of traffic to and it converts.
We are also looking for companies that have at least 100k users, if you don’t have 100k users it means you don’t have a product anyone wants. We are looking to help other companies grow very fast, we aren’t looking to help companies design/build a product and then figure out how to get users for them. What we look for is companies that have already have traction and can turn into large companies.