Ladies, it’s time to find your girl squad!
Tinder is spreading their sweeping zone with a $1.4 million investment in Hey! VINA, a friend-finding app for women. After launching Tinder Social this summer, which connects groups of people for a night out, CEO Sean Rad continues to expand Tinder’s image so that it is more than just a hook-up app.
“In our research, it’s clear that many of our users want a product that functions the same way as Tinder but helps them find friends instead,” Rad told Tech Crunch. “We invested in Vina because I’ve been thinking about this space, about social introduction as a broader theme, for a very long time.“
Hey! Vina was launched in January this year by startup goddesses, Olivia June Poole and Jen Aprahamian. It operates like a platonic Tinder by matching you with a potential BFF in similar zip codes. There would be a picture pulled out from Facebook, a short bio, and personality quizzes.
Personally, I am excited to hear this news. I’ve been using Tinder for three years, and my friends have been complaining that I waste my time on meeting guys more than hanging out with girls. But to be honest, after high school, it’s not easy to find close friends that share the same interests. Of course, the main reasons are the lack of time, priorities change, and women often super picky in choosing girlfriends that they are comfortable to bond with. On the weekend when we hang out at a bar, most likely you would be busy catching up with your current friends when guys are hitting on you. There is greater chance to meet new guys than like-minded women that you’ll click with.
We are living in the era when people are socializing with phones. It is sad to admit that we need an app that helps us in the most basic social skills: building a friendship. However, as modern women who are always on the move, this app is a solution to expand our social circle.
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Hey! Vina only has three stars review on the App store, but hopefully with Tinder as its new mentor, the app will be able to reach its potential. I can’t wait until Hey! Vina is available for Android. So don’t forget to tell your girlfriends, colleagues, mom, sister, aunt, and neighbor lady about Hey! Vina— no lady left behind!
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