Zoosk is the romantic social network with millions of members from around the globe using the service each month. Zoosk provides a fun and social online experience that users can easily access from Zoosk’s website, social networking applications, mobile devices, and a downloadable desktop application. Zoosk is available in 25 languages and serves more than 70 countries. The company earned the #29 spot in The Wall Street Journal’s The Next Big Thing 2011 – The Top 50 Venture-Funded Companies list.
The company was founded in 2007 by co-CEOs Shayan Zadeh and Alex Mehr. Zoosk’s headquarters are in San Francisco, CA. Zoosk launched in December 2007. Its co-founders, Shayan Zadeh and Alex Mehr, are the company’s co-CEOs. Zoosk integrates dating and social networking and has a popular Facebook applicationZadeh and Mehr were roommates at graduate school at the University of Maryland. Zadeh worked at Microsoft after graduating with a master’s degree. Mehr earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. and later worked for NASA. Mehr attended business school at the University of California at Berkeley, but he dropped out to work on Zoosk.
Zadeh and Mehr originally opened a market research company that leveraged social media. Shortly after that company launched, Zadeh and Mehr began using their market research technology to build Facebook games. One of these games led to Zoosk.
Zoosk is a site that combines social networking and online dating. Social graph information is incorporated into user profiles. The company has a popular application on Facebook. Zoosk has a dedicated website, a mobile app, and a desktop chat client.
Zoosk has received heart-warming letters from couples from all over the world have found love on Zoosk.Here is a Zoosk success story wichsent by Jessica and Frank, who met and fell in love on Zoosk. Jessica wrote to share their success story:
“My name is Jessica and I met the man of my dreams on Zoosk. Frank and I met in June 2010 and we will be married on April 13, 2013 Since we have met our lives have blossomed into something truly unique and beautiful. I have 2 sons and he has 3 sons and together we have our own little football team. We’ve set goals and accomplished many of those together”.
Zoosk targets younger users aged 25 to 35. 70% of its users are under age 35. It uses gamification and popularity rankings to encourage participation. Zoosk also offers “couple services” to users who have already found a match. These services include couple profiles.
The Wall Street Journal ranked Zoosk number 29 on its The Next Big Thing 2011 – The Top 50 Venture-Funded Companies list. This ranking highlights the U.S. venture-funded companies most likely to succeed. Zoosk moved up from a number 42 spot the previous year.
About.com’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards named Zoosk’s iPhone app a finalist in its Best Dating App competition.
Zoosk was nominated for a Crunchies award in 2010 for Best Time Sink Application.According to AppAppeal, in August 2012 Zoosk was the fifth most popular dating app in the world and the third in the U.S. In 2012, the company also won a prestigious Effie Award for its advertising campaign "Online Dating, Your Way".