Big pond dating
Markus Frind, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Plentyof Fish, the world’s largest Internet dating site, poses with newlywed couple Katy Severs and Mark Gomes, who met on the site five years ago.— JENELLE SCHNEIDER/PNGMarkus Frind is far too lean and thoughtful to be mistaken for a mischievous cherub, but he knows more than Cupid ever will about love potions.Frind says people in their 20s are a bigger presence in Vancouver’s nightclub scene than in other cities, prompting older singles to go online in their quest for company.
Attached is a summary of the data that the community collected during this last summer.As Plentyof Fish’s reach grows, the company has discovered distinct cultural approaches to courtship.“People in the United Kingdom will wear turtlenecks in the photos they send,” he says. They initiate as much as men.”VANCOUVERITES LOVE ONLINEThe company also sees differences in its own backyard.Vancouverites in their early to mid-30s gravitate more toward online dating than do counterparts in cities such as New York, Toronto or Los Angeles.In his vast love machine in downtown Vancouver, the man who brings romance to millions around the world is braced for the most passionate time of the year.As Valentine’s Day looms, Plentyof Fish founder and CEO Frind knows that the world’s desire for love, or at least a reasonable facsimile of love, is about to peak. Plentyof Fish sees spikes in new memberships after most holidays during which families get together, Frind says.“There’s pressure from family.
In September, Plentyof Fish bought Fast Life, a company that hosts speed dating and singles events in Canada, Australia and the U. LOOKING FOR THE FAIRY-TALE ENDINGThose hoping for a fairy tale about how Frind met his own partner through Plentyof Fish will be disappointed.