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"And there needs to be the right mix of male/female participants (or whatever permutation makes sense)." With a 2011 report by the Williams Institute showing that only 3.4 percent of Americans self-identity as lesbian or bisexual women, the odds you'd find the correct permutation in a given area is slim indeed.
Chen adds that "until there's word-of-mouth, and enough people to generate a quality experience, the marketplace will suck." So lesbians who have primarily heterosexual friends might not know about the app, and gay women who hang out with other gay women probably see people they already know on the app (aka exes they'd rather not see ever again).
Lauren Kay, co-founder of the Dating Ring, says it is a bit of a chicken or egg situation.
"Getting funding for a dating app is very, very hard.
He says that dating apps rely so much on people who are nearby, and if those people aren't there immediately, people will leave the app.
The only other dating app for queer women to get much press at all was Scissr, whose rating in the i Tunes store is comprised only of 1 and 2 star reviews with one user saying, "Good concept but most users are inactive and the filter options don't work," which sounds like every queer dating app I've ever encountered.
Mostly-straight dating app Tinder had a projected 20 million active monthly users by April 2015, and gay male dating app Grindr, which on its fifth anniversary in 2014 had over 10 million user downloads, has been thriving for years now, but we have yet to see an app for lesbian and queer women really take off.
Daatch launched in 2014 and landed with a thud, primarily because many users reported a lot of technical issues and not enough women (a fatal flaw for a lesbian dating app).
"We talked to a lot of people, including founders of other dating sites, and gay women we were friends with," Tessler says.
When Tessler decided to start online matchmaking service The Dating Ring two years ago, she couldn't get nearly enough gay women to match with the few gay women who had signed up for the service.