"Tinder is a huge company, and they have created a really brilliant concept – the swipe – but when you apply the swipe to the human being, you transform the human being into an object," he said.
"We all know there is no algorithm that will make people fit with each other. We believe that anything can happen when you’re not waiting for it." Happn is growing exponentially.
Online dating has long been part of everyday life for millions of people, with over a quarter of new relationships in the UK now starting in the digital world.Particularly in recent years, the rise of smartphones has made meeting people online easier and faster than ever before.The popularity of location-based mobile apps like Tinder, Grindr and Happn, which match people based on proximity, has risen exponentially.Tinder, for example, has reportedly been downloaded more than 40m times globally since launching in September 2012, and its users collectively "swipe" profiles over 1bn times per day.This week, the company closed a m Series B funding round led by Idinvest with participation from Alven Capital, DN Capital, Raine Ventures and private individuals Fabrice Grinda, David Wolfson and Gil Penchina. The new funding will be used to drive expansion into Asia – with launches planned in Manila, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong – and grow Happn's presence in Europe, South America and the United States. It’s interesting that where you have a huge density of people, it is really difficult to meet people.
Young people work so much, they don’t have time to do other things, so it’s a great help for them," said Rappaport."We have limited budget, so we have chosen first to target the major cities, but we know that the app will spread.Happn, which launched in Paris in early 2014, claims to have 6.5m members worldwide – 700,000 of which are in the UK.The app connects people who have crossed paths in real life, allowing users to "seize everyday coincidences" and "avoid missed connections", according to the company."All of us have this fantasy – you see a beautiful lady in the street or on the subway, and you can't talk to her because she leaves too soon, or because you were feeling shy," said Didier Rappaport, founder and chief executive of Happn. You have seen someone who, for some reason, you couldn’t talk to.Thanks to Happn, if the other person has the app, you will be able to find them." Rappaport, who previously co-founded video-sharing website Dailymotion, which is one of the biggest video platforms in the world, claims that the "real world" element is what distinguishes Happn from traditional dating websites, as well as mobile competitors like Tinder .