January 25, 2015 6:02 PM ET

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Company Overview of Zoosk, Inc.

Company Overview

Zoosk, Inc. operates an online dating platform in the United States. Its Behavioral Matchmaking engine learns from the clicks, messaging, and other actions of its members in order to deliver connections that are predicted to result in mutual attraction. The company’s platform allows its members to discover and communicate with each other from their mobile phones, tablets, or personal computers. It has approximately 26 million members, including approximately 650,000 subscribers in 80 countries. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

989 Market Street

Fifth Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States

Founded in 2007

182 Employees

Phone:

415-728-9598

Key Executives for Zoosk, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 46
Co- Founder
Age: 35
Co-Founder
Age: 35
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Age: 44
General Counsel and Secretary
Age: 41
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Zoosk, Inc. Key Developments

Zoosk, Inc. Announces Management Changes

Zoosk, Inc. announced that it named Kelly Steckelberg as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Steckelberg, previously the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, succeeds co-founder Shayan Zadeh, who will remain on the Zoosk board of directors, but will step back from a management role. President and co-founder Alex Mehr likewise will step down, but remain a board member. Steckelberg joined the company in 2011 from Cisco Systems.

Zoosk Launches New 'Dating Insights' Feature

Zoosk announced the launch of Dating Insights, a new patent-pending feature that allows members to see a holistic, data-based view of their dating activity and preferences as determined by Zoosk's Behavioral Matchmaking(TM) algorithm. By surfacing some of the data points the algorithm uses to connect people, Zoosk will give members an innovative resource that is designed to ultimately help them become a more successful online dater. In addition to insights about their own dating preferences, Zoosk members will also be given similar aggregate information about the members who have shown interest in them and tips on how to improve their online dating experience. The first section provides members with an in-depth look at some of the characteristics people who have shown interest in them have in common. Information includes demographics such as age, body type, education, ethnicity, religion, and smoking habits. Next, members are shown their own dating preferences, based on who they've shown interest in so far. Preferences include the same information as the Who Likes You, such as 'You put more importance on a man's level of education than most,' or 'The Lord of the Rings is the book liked most by the men you're interested in'. The final section sheds light on a member's activity levels and gives tips on how to use the information they've gathered through Dating Insights to become a more successful online dater.

Zoosk Hires Mike Riccio as VP of Engineering

Zoosk announced that Mike Riccio, former Vice President of Engineering and Architecture at global interactive entertainment company Electronic Arts, has joined Zoosk as VP of Engineering. Riccio will provide leadership to drive engineering efforts across Zoosk's mobile and online dating platforms as the company continues to innovate and bring new technologies to its over 27 million members. Prior to joining Zoosk, Riccio's role as VP of Engineering and Architecture at EA included serving as General Manager of EA's mobile platform and Chief Architect of EA's digital platform.

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