The GDI Podcast: Female Founders Discuss How They’ve Transformed The Dating Industry, Sponsored by RealMe!


Like the majority of technology industries, the online dating industry is largely dominated by male executives, professionals and investors. However, there has been a significant number of female founders who overcame all the challenges and created popular products to ensure women feel empowered and secure when dating. While these success stories are more prevalent than other similar sectors, there is still work to be done to create and maintain a level playing field.

In partnership with RealMe, Global Dating Insights invited three inspirational female founders to record a special podcast, discuss their experiences and share advice to the next generation of founders. We also have a special guest moderator, Charly Lester, female co-founder of Lumen, who exited the group last year and continues to represent the dating industry in a number of different capacities.

Robyn Exton is the CEO and founder of HER, one of the world’s biggest dating and community apps for queer women, nonbinary, trans and gender non-conforming folks. HER is home to eight million people across the world, for dating and community connections.

Kim Kaplan was one of the first employees at Plenty Of Fish, helping to drive product, marketing and revenue initiatives. She recently became the CEO and founder of Snack, a video-driven dating app for Gen Z singles which is marketed as a mix of TikTok and Tinder. Snack is already resonating strongly with its target audience, and announced the completion of a $3.5 million pre-seed funding round in February.

Clémentine Lalande is the CEO of Once Dating Group, which counts ‘slow dating’ app Once as its flagship subsidiary. Once works to put quality over quantity, selecting for its users only the best matches every day at noon. With over 10 million active users, it supports approximately 50 million matches every month.

As part of this series, all three guests will be returning for our Virtual Third Thursday webinar on 17th June at 5pm BST, to discuss the issue in more detail. We’re inviting everyone to register for free and send any questions for our panel to

The GDI Podcast is sponsored by RealMe. RealMe can provide users instant access to background information, helping more people make genuine connections online, and off. To learn how we can integrate seamlessly into your app, log on to and request a demo today.

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Dominic Whitlock

Dominic is the Editor for Global Dating Insights. Originally from Devon, England he achieved a BA in English Language & Linguistics from The University of Reading. He enjoys a variety of sports and has a further passion for film and music.

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