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Vu Tran was frustrated with traditional dating apps. So, Tran and a few friends spent a weekend building an app that was focused on minorities and those who like minorities. That was two months ago — since then, Color Dating has attracted more than 30, users and quite a bit of positive feedback. Tran felt that this was unfair and that the trend carried over into dating apps like Tinder.
Vu, who went through Y Combinator with two separate startups before launching Color Dating, said that the online dating experience — particularly for quick-swipe apps like Tinder — can be frustrating for minorities. At the same time, he knew friends who were attracted to men and women outside of their own race, but they felt like it was too taboo to pursue anything because of pressure from parents or other reasons.
Color Dating aims to facilitate more positive messages around interracial dating. From there, the experience is Tinder-like, with swiping and matches. Users can pay for premium features like unlimited likes — Tran said Color Dating is already profitable.
Color Dating has reeled in a small amount of cash from angel investors and is looking to raise its seed round. How an Alaskan fisherman saw potential for a sustainability startup in a mountain of crab shells. This casket startup is taking on big funeral industry with a focus on direct-to-consumer innovation. Like what you're reading? Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline.
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