The founders of Request.fm — the well-liked social Q&A application that grew to become embroiled in a cyberbullying media storm right before staying acquired by IAC — have backed new courting application Mint.
By means of their startup builder Balaclava Lab, Ilja Terebin, Mark Terebin and Oskar Liepins have invested $one million in the young organization, which is established by ex-Request.fm website designer Klavs Sinka.
Introduced in December, Mint is pitched as a locale-based cell courting application that helps you meet with people nearby. Its modus operandi is identical to Tinder but with one particular exception: end users really don’t require a mutual match to commence messaging. Alternatively, the application will allow for a far more conventional free-for-all.
Out there for iOS, with an Android model to stick to, the application statements a hundred,000 downloads to day, with close to ten,000 every day actives — the bulk of which are based in Canada, Australia, Netherlands, France, Denmark, and Sweden.
“There are only few apps we rely as our serious rivals: Tinder, Badoo and Happn. The rest are nearly dead or never been alive,” Balaclava Lab’s Ilja Terebin tells me. “We imagine there are a ton of options for Mint. We know how to make easy and good products and solutions which function, so we approach to bite off a huge piece of the courting pie.”
In the meantime, Terebin describes Balaclava Lab as a startup laboratory, and will be a auto to make new products and solutions and spend in them employing the Request.fm founders’ very own resources.
“Right now we are in the procedure of building a few products and solutions by now, but we really don’t want to share information till we launch. We know Klavs Sinka considering the fact that Request.fm instances and made a decision to spend in Mint as we share the eyesight he has on conquering the courting market place,” he provides.